A few snaps from OPSP 🙂
A big hello from OPSP. It seems like ages since I last wrote about our veg adventure. I have been busy looking at all my fellow plotters and I must say I am very jealous of all those delicious looking crops and all those lovely large allotments!
Since a last wrote I have added a few more plants to our very small garden (not sure where I find the room!). This includes several courgette plants in various containers and some lovely Italian beans which will hopefully produce something yummy. Unfortunately with space in such short supply I haven’t been able to plants any new seed of salad crops, so I will have to wait until all the rest is eaten, but I think we have enough to keep us going for some time.
A couple of weeks ago I harvested my early potatoes. You might remember that these have been grown in two large potato bags on the path, well what a success they have been. In total I harvested nearly 2 kilos of salad potatoes from just 4 plants. I’m not sure if this is a good crop or not, but they were definitely the most tasty potatoes I have ever eaten. I can’t wait to have a go again next year.
Along with the potatoes I have harvested the two garlic plants. I’m not sure which variety they are but they have grown pretty well and are drying out nicely.
Of course these haven’t been the only harvests, I’ve had endless supplies of lettuce and spring onions as well as a bountiful supply of peas which has kept us going for the past few weeks. The trial cabbages and the broccoli are almost ready for an early harvest, just in time for Sunday lunch!
The only negative so far has been the poor weather. The bad wind and rain we had a few weeks ago managed to pull off my netting and almost battered to death half of my baby leeks. Luckily I managed to rescue the netting and hopefully with some sunshine the rest will be OK. The wet weather has also claimed one of my onions, causing onion rot, so that one went in the bin. But apart from that and the gigantic broccoli taking over the bed, everything seems to be growing well. For someone who has never grown a vegetable before I am amazed at what has been acheived. I know that there are plenty of other people desperate to grow their own, and I hope this garden shows that even in the smallest plot anything is possible. So you have no excuse – get in and get your hands dirty!!!
Just a quick thank you to Chez Ceridwen who gave me a lovely mention on forums @ moneysaving expert.com
Summer has arrived in full swing at OPSP, the flowers are opening, the birds are singing and the bees are buzzing. The plants are all bursting into life with salad harvests a plenty. So I thought this was as good a time as any to give a small update on the goings on in our little corner of paradise.
Unfortunately my dear husband has managed to snap the front door key, so my pics are from inside, but its still unbelievable the change that has occured in the space of 4 months. The plot has filled out, a new fence has been erected and the gravel is down, making the garden a much more welcome place to be.
So far we have planted, in no particular order:
I am astounded at what we have managed to fit into such a small space! Although I have to say that much of it is now starting to burst at the seams! The idea of creating raised beds was a fantastic choice, not only have we had to water little and often, but pests and weeds have been pretty much non-existent. Although that could be because the garden is so new that they haven’t found it yet!! The beds have had to be added to with the use of pots for crops such as potatoes, strawberries and the beans but the original plans drawn up in February have worked rather well. And with the addition of sweet peas and a hanging basket the garden is looking rather good.
The potatoes are on the left, with the peas taking over the end of the L bed.
The cabbages and broccoli are just about visible at the back under the netting, with salad crops, strawberries and the show leek and onion filling in the gaps of the seed bed.
Several rows of onions, leeks and garlic safely under netting in the L bed.
My lovely daughter Emma May celebrated her first birthday this weekend, with a big birthday bash on Saturday. It was a fantastic day and she made her mummy and daddy very proud.
Happy Birthday Sweet Pea xxxxx
As for OPSP everything is growing like mad, we’ve harvested many radishes (some even made it to the birthday party!), the peas are in full flower and the cabbages are taking over. I hope to get out later this week and take some new pics, bye for now…
Well it was another productive weekend at OPSP. My little leeks, that I potted on last month, have finally been released from their loo roll prisons, to enjoy the freedom of the beds. I managed to plant 19 leeks altogether in 4 rows, planting them slightly closer together than you would in more traditional larger beds; about 20cm apart with about 30cm between rows. It was rather tricky getting those long roots into the holes, especially as I’d never done it before, but I think my technique got better as I went along, so the ones planted out last may come out better! As you can see from the photos, I have two rows on either side of my onions, which are also coming on great. Above the leeks are my two garlic plants which are just starting to show signs of dying back. Towards the end of the bed are my brassicas, intercropped with beetroot and radishes. They too are growing at top notch speed and look very tasty indeed!
As I was pottering around the garden, my neighbour, who has two very impressive allotments in front of our house, asked if I would like a giant leek and a giant onion, show ones no less. Well I couldn’t say no, so along he came later that day with two whoppers. Um, now where was I going to plant them? As space is quite short they have gone into my seed bed. Hopefully this will help keep the local cat out of it. I only hope I don’t kill them as that will be very embarrassing indeed!