Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Weekly Garden Checklist ...

Good Morning!
Apologies for not managing to stick to posting this weekly, along with work I haven't been feeling too well but I made sure I had something to share with you today.
Okay, let's get started!

1.Hanging Baskets - Hopefully everyone will now be making a start on their Hanging Baskets, as I mentioned last time it's a good idea to plant them a few weeks before going outside to help them become established. I did this myself a fortnight ago and I have just given them a liquid feed to help them along.

2. Earth Up Potatoes - Potatoes will be putting on good growth and will now need keeping an eye on. When you see fresh foliage poking out you need to cover them with soil. This helps them spread and produce more potatoes along with protecting them from any late frosts we may get. 
At the start of the year I mentioned I purchased a Growing Kit from T&M as I do not have the space to grow them in the ground. I have to admit that when the kit arrived the 'bags' were smaller and different to what was advertised. Nevertheless I'm still giving them a go and it'l be interesting to see what the harvest is like.

3. Dahlia's - If like me you are growing Dahlia's from Tubers this year they will have sprung into action over the last few weeks. It's time to plant them into their final pot's or if you are planting them into the ground it's a good idea to start the process of hardening them off.

4. De-Budding - It may seem cruel but if you want your Summer plants such as Dahlia's, Basket Plants etc to focus more on producing good foliage and a fuller shape then it's time to pinch off any emerging flower heads to help focus the plants energy elsewhere.

5. Tomatoes - If like me your Tomatoes are in their final pots and growing strongly you will have also noticed that they are producing side shoots on Cordon varieties. These need pinching out as soon as you spot them.

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  1. Some really good tips Nat, am interested to see how those spud bags do, great idea..xx

    1. All you had to pay was postage and you also got the seed potatoes, a selection of veg seeds and some potato scrubbing gloves, so it was worth paying for those other items alone :) xxx

  2. Good morning, Nat! Hope you're enjoying Chelsea week? I have all the programmes on record to watch when there's nobody about - love it! I've not been able to do very much in the way of planting this year due to trying to get the garden organised - I tend to move my garden around more than my furniture so am looking towards more tub and pot planting for the future! I would love a little greenhouse as I would so like to grow tomatoes, one of my fondest childhood memories is sitting in my uncle's greenhouse eating tomatoes warm, straight from the vine...delicious! Yours are looking really strong too.
    Your potatoes should do well, I grew some in old compost bags a few years ago and got a really good crop - as you said, the trick is to keep topping them up whenever you see new growth. You'll be picking out those wonderful golden nuggets before you know it! Have a fab week, hope the weather gets a bit better than it has been, though the garden has had a pretty good soaking now! Hugs, Lisa x

  3. Oh yes I have got it on Series Link :)
    I tend to move my Garden around a lot too, with it being rented and a large majority of it Patio'd I have quite a selection of Pots lol I will share some photo's soon. I'd definitely recommend a GH, it allows you to do so much more specially when you have limited space :) xxx