Monday 9 May 2016

Alpaca Update & May In The Polytunnel

Thank you for all the well wishes for Janine,
It was a worrying day not one I want to repeat 
I am happy to say 
Janine seems to be O.K she is eating drinking and all bodily functions seem to be working fine,
I think she feels a little weakened and tired after yesterday but otherwise all seems fine.
Here she is after breakfast grazing with the others.

May in the poly tunnel a post I promised last week and never got round to it.
 Two short rows of onions coming on a lot faster than the ones that were planted outside at the same time.
 Water Melon's they are growing but slowly
 First early potatoes, they started flowering last week and I have been taking off the flowers, soon be harvesting the first potatoes of the year.
 Pink Fir potatoes, all earthed up
 Lettuces, had a few pickings still plenty more to come
 Swiss Chard its starting to look tired but it has been going for a year now, I have sown some new seed, it was good being able to harvest some during winter.
 Leeks I have been harvesting in size order, again it was good to have them through winter, once finished the ones out side will be ready to harvest and I have some more young ones on the go that will be planted in the tunnel for winter spring.
 Relic a heritage lettuce, now starting to bolt, plenty of leaves have been used off these.
 Beetroot, these are a yellow one another heritage variety
 More radish on the go.
 Peas now starting to form flower buds.
 Bulb Fennel and more lettuce the fennel needs thinning out.
 Celery I have cardboard tubes around them as I want the to grow tall and stay white, when they grow too big for these tubes I will tie some cardboard around them.
 I got the sweet potato slips in yesterday.

 Chickpeas, they are growing into nice strong plants.
 Peppers and Chilli's showing lots of promise

 Spring onions wont be long before they are ready for picking.
 I ended up planting two tomato plants in this tunnel as they were out growing there pots, they are now both flowering.
 Carrots, this bed is a mixture of odds and ends from seed packets
Sweetcorn, I don't know how its going to do in the tunnel,
I might have to help with pollination.

 The citrus trees seem to be liking the tunnel environment and are a mass of flowers,
 and fruit, just as well as they will be moving into there own space in the next week or so.
 The grape vines are putting on plenty of growth and have flower buds, the one outside is only just breaking into leaf.
 I think the tunnel is now full and planted up for this year
as you can I finished getting all the gravel down that came out of the greenhouse.

 There will be succession sowings of salad catch crops, but nothing else will be planted in this one, Tomatoes and Cucumbers will be in the other one along with the citrus trees and a few other things that prefer a dryish atmosphere, having the two tunnels means I can create different growing conditions in them.
I am looking forward to getting things moved over and having the path clear.

We didn't manage to get the new tunnel covered it was too windy yesterday and today, but all the frame is finished this week weather permitting I want to finish clearing the ground there it will be easier to clear without the cover on it.
We have got plenty  other things done this week end.
Last night we had a lovely steak dinner
Rib Eye steak with sweet potato fries, home made coleslaw and lettuce from the tunnel
Much needed after the day we had.
I will take you on a tour of the outside growing areas later this week.



  1. Goodness you have been busy everything is growing well. I am interested to know how your chickpeas do I have never thought of growing those I have planted some lentils for the first time this year and they are growing well in the green house. My vegetable patch is starting to look just like the name again :-) I have had to sow more carrots this week into the ground as the last lot did nothing hopefully the weather will just get better now, dee

    1. I did try out a few plants last year and they did OK, I have some lentils to grow bu they are going into the other poly tunnel, they did OK last year and I did collect some seed from them I want to have a go at seeing how there seed does as well :-)

  2. Wow! I'm amazed at the variety you have growing :) looks amazing!

    I have a question about the potatoes...why did you remove the flowers? Thanks for taking the time to answer :)

    1. I take the flowers off to stop the plants producing seeds, I want them to put energy into producing tubers rather than seed pods :-)

    2. I have never heard of removing the flowers. I have 4 rows I may try 1 this year and see if there is a different.

    3. That's very interesting! Mine have always just flowered and never produced any seed pods...does that mean they weren't pollinated? I just assumed the flowers were the signal to harvest new potatoes and then when they all died back you harvested the crop. I will see if plucking the flowers next season makes any difference to how many taters we get :) thankyou!

  3. So pleased to hear that Janine is making a good recovery. Sweet corn does well in a tunnel, we always used to plant it as near to the door as possible to let the wind get at it for pollination.

    1. I have a door a each end its not too far from the door it might just be when needed I give it a daily shake :-)

  4. That all looks just fantastic, Dawn, and yes what a variety.


  5. Dawn - i just got your comment on our blog and wanted to thank you for stopping by. your garden is beautiful and i can't wait to go back and read through all of your blog posts! your posts remind me of kev alviti and kirsty udall and i just love what the two of them are up to...and i love what you are up to. i am sure there are many secrets, hints and tips on your blog that i can unearth. looking forward to it! and now following you. do you want to swap blog links in our blogrolls? just let me know.

  6. Pleased Janine is recovering, such a relief for you and wow plenty of goings on in the tunnnel.xx

  7. Good news about Janine...errr what colour are your fingers exactly?! I'm guessing at green. x

  8. So glad to hear that Janine is doing well. It looks as though you have masses of things growing! How great!


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