Vegmonkey and the Mrs.

Vegetable growing in a very small space in Cheltenham

What’s still in the ground? February 23, 2008

        japanese senshyu onions resized vegmonkey                winter walcheren cauliflower

Next Saturday will be amazing fun! I know it already. It will be the first main planting day for us at Vegmonkey and the Mrs. Not much will go straight in the ground apart from the potatoes, but a lot of things will be going into seed trays and the ‘greenhouse’. Last year we planted a lot of beneficial plants that encourage insects such as limanthes douglasii (poached egg flower) in the beds, but found it made the beds untidy, cluttered and took away valuable growing room. This year, the aim is for the garden to be a lot tidier and more organised.

As the previous post showed, the stupidly long and annoying purple sprouting broccoli is really getting in the way as i want to be planting the onions where it is, next weekend. I’m sure there’s a way round it. It does look like it’s a few days from producing – i will find it very difficult not to post on it when i crop the first bunches! We’ve also got some beautiful rocket that has sat in the ground for about six months, slowly growing happily and not bolting. The japanese onions that we planted back last year are also growing well, although i have read on a few other blogs that these have not been hugely successful, i’m going to leave them to see what happens as the space for the cucurbits isn’t needed until at least June.

Finally, the Winter Walcheren cauliflower planted last July/August sat in seed trays before being transplanted into the brassica bed. I have since moved the three plants that survived the winter winds into this years brassica bed. They seem to have survived the move, and hopefully will grow really bushy soon – that’ll mean cauliflower by April! Here’s hoping.  There’s a pic of the Senshyu Japanese Onions and the Winter Walcheren Cauliflower at the top.

Next job: tidy garden and clean seed trays ready for next weekends planting!