I’ve been watching and reading the Six on Saturday meme (created originally by The Propagator – @CavershamJJ) with the intention of joining in as soon as I was able. You get a good mix of jobs and plants from the ever increasing list of bloggers that contribute making it a good read and source of information and inspiration. Finally I have had the time to create my first entry – my to do list for the weekend largely. Hopefully I can mix jobs up with plants as the weeks and months move on into the full blown growing season that we all enjoy.
I have a large list of seeds for 2018 so have spent some time sorting through those. Organising into months in which I will sow them and noting on a calendar so I can keep track of the plan. About 60 varieties this year so I will have a lot of sowing to do including some succession sowing of salads, beans and cabbage primarily.
Start Onion & shallot sets
I usually grow a choice of one brown, one red and one shallot – which is enough for me in most years. The shallots I choose are for pickling rather than eating generally as I do love a nice hot and spicey one. This year rather than waiting and planting direct I am going to give a go at starting them in trays earlier and planting out when the weather is more suitable. Others have done this and it does seem to aid establishment of the plant and hopefully get some good big onions as well.
The subject of one of my blogs so far and another to follow once completed – hopefully very soon. I have made good progress so far with preparing the site by digging it over (using a petrol tiller) and then levelling off. So far I have got 5 of the beds constructed with a further 7 more to go for the main area + two more in front of my polytunnel and greenhouse.
Along with constructing the raised beds my polytunnel is getting an ‘upgrade’. This still needs to have some manure and old compost (from the £2 a bag grab in homebase) as well as adding some additional wire along the top to provide support for my Tomatoes. I have a lot to fit in this year which I think growing in the ground will give me a better chance at achieving.
Prune Fruit Trees
I have a mini orchard at the top of my garden – this includes 3 eating apples, 2 cooking, 1 pear and a cherry. The apple trees had a reasonably heavy prune last year as I finally attended a course and realised that my young trees needed some work doing. This year it will be less severe but will still require work to check for the 3 D’s (Dead, Diseased and Damaged) and remove branches that will cross over and lead to damage in the future. Shortening a few branches that are to long and thin leaving them vulnerable to snapping will also need some attention still.
Move Excess Dirt
As a result of a home extension I now have a large heap of dirt occupying a space that will be left to grow in the ground rather than being converted to a raised bed. This year it should be playing host to the giant pumpkin and squash seed from Matt Oliver (#UKGiantPumpkin). That means I must clear it and get plenty of organic matter dug in ready for trying to grow a giant of my own.
That’s all for my first six on Saturday – hopefully I will make my second soon but for now garden jobs beckon.