Six on Saturday – 14/04/2018

We reach another weekend in 2018 – they come around fast that is for sure! Another week of false starts here – last Saturday bright and lovely and the rest of the week has been a mix of mist, rain and masked sunshine. But the days are drawing out – light until more or less 8pm on Thursday. This must mean that we are due the real start of spring any day and next week (which I have off work) is looking like a good choice. Talk of warm and dry weather which is ideal for what I have planned in the garden amongst other jobs. Its been a few weeks since my last Six on Saturday post having concentrated on a couple of other blog posts (and simply being busy) it can be hard to find the time. This week however, I have found a window and wanted to keep my hand in the game; so here we go.

1, First and most important job of the weekend will be to get my Potatoes in the ground. I had planned on putting in the earlies now and the mains in a couple more weeks but they are all chitted nicely so in they will go. If not the chits will become quite long and I don’t really want that. Several varieties going in but they include Yukon Gold, Bambino, Red Emmallie & Violetta.

2, I have several seeds to get in this weekend or during the week – direct sowing (at last) will feature. Dominated by Carrots (four varieties) but will also include Beets & Kohl Rabi – the last being a first time for me. Also getting started undercover will be a selection of the beans I am growing this year – the exception being the Broad beans that are already out in the ground. There will no doubt be a few others things getting started off, but I haven’t decided what as yet.

3, Did a bit of DIY last weekend and finished off the 3rd item during the week – Cloches. Following on from a blog post by the propagator a few weeks ago I have made a few of my own using similar methods. They are a decent size – just over two feet wide so I can get a couple of rows under each and the length to sit perfectly in the new raised beds. I am quite pleased with how they have turned out, although I do need to finish off my plan on securing them should we get a windy spell; as pointed out on twitter during the week.

4, Seedlings – lots of them sown over the last couple of weeks are now starting to appear in their various trays. A mixed bag of veg and flowers, with what generally appears to be good germination rates (which is a satisfying feeling). These include Lettuce, Peas, Pot Marigold (Calendula), Mesembryanthemum and Salpiglossis which will no doubt benefit if the predicted improvements in the weather turn up. Can’t wait to be able to pot these on and get some veg in the raised beds and prepare for a bit of colour in the flower beds.

5, Iris – a bench full, not really where I want them of course but needs must for the moment. Maybe a job I can get to during the week but hard to say right now. Most are from four plants I divided last year as they were getting rather large and the attraction of free plants was too great. There are also five new plants that I ordered from Iris of Sissinghurst – they arrived promptly and look in nice condition so will look forward to the displays they put on in coming years. The new varieties include: Grenade, Mer Du Sud & Stepping out.

6, The final of my six this week – my fruit trees are waking up, the apples, pear and cherry all showing clear sign of spring. Some of these had a bit of a prune this year trying to get them in better shape – they had got a little bit long and weak; risking loss of branches. A couple are new trees last year so they are ok, but the few I had from 3-4 years ago needed the attention this year and last. The next month or so will show me if I got it something like correct or not. My favourite of these was an apple tree I purchased last year called Jester which I would urge anybody to have a taste of if they come across it, slightly softer flesh but holds its taste from first bite to final swallow.

That is the end of my six for this week – plenty of jobs to be getting on with over the coming days and indeed weeks like we all do. Fingers crossed after this slightly late cold snap that the weather bounces back and gives us a pleasant summer, with plenty of colour and veg to be had all round. I’ll be looking through as many six on Saturday posts from fellow bloggers as I can at some point during the day and sharing them. Please don’t forget to use the #SixonSaturday for your twitter posts and add the all important link to the founder – The Propagator’s blog as well so we all get to see what you have going on.

12 Comments


  1. You’ve been really busy! And in spite of our variable weather of late. Hope you get the spuds out & the germination begins.

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  2. Your seedlings look good! hope the weather clears enough for you to plant them out- am sure they’ll appreciate the cloche you made them

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    1. I will probably use the cloches mostly for direct sown seeds. Maybe when the lettuce are ready to go out I might use them to start those a bit.

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  3. I also planted broad beans in the ground a few months ago. They are well advanced but not yet flowers. The carrots have sprouted in individual pots in the greenhouse and because they hate to be disturbed, I will replant them in the soil this afternoon ( without separate them)

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    1. Sounds like you are well ahead at the moment then. Will be sowing first batch of beans tomorrow and possible carrots and some others as well.

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    1. I have had a small number of iris for a while now and they seem to like my conditions. The divided ones have over wondered well and have 5 new varieties to go in as well this year. I found iris of sissinghurst via Twitter- 1st use of them but impressed me with that one.

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  4. Great pictures of your apple buds. Look forward to seeing how those irises grow. Saw Iris of Sissinghurst’s stand at Chelsea last year and was very impressed.

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    1. I’m hoping the apples will start to produce better this year and more moving forward. Becoming a big fan of iris and they do like my garden it seems which helps.

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  5. Hi Steve, lots going on round your way. I might sow some runners and borlotti seeds. They can grow in the pots for a while. I was going to wait a week or two but you have tempted me…

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    1. There seems to be a shift in weather now and the plants have picked up on it. Will be starting my beans in pots as usual – get better germination than direct sown and a stronger to resist pest as well. Got the yard long beans among them to try this year.

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  6. Lovely update Steve, yes, things motoring along although on colder windy days like today, protection is still needed for some item. All the best, Hugh

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