Sarah told me (so i had to do it) to put up a thread about what we're all growing this year.
On Ivanhoe Acres, we've currently got:
- purple sprouting, harvesting now
- savoy cabbages, still got a way to grow
- asparagus, first shoot came up last week
- rhubarb (been growing all winter, but had a little flush in the last fortnight
- strawberries(runners have just gone in, hopefully will not be bothered by the frost as we're keeping the mini-greenhouse closed up)
- dwarf beans (started off indoors and being kept there at the moment, but they've already started to flower which I think is a bit early really)
- potatoes (seed pot's are curerntly being chitted - should be planted out this weekend)
- tomato plants (sowed seed a few weeks back. Small plants coming along now. Will sow some more next week for an extended harvesting season)
and I've been having an embarrasing lack of success with lettuces/salad leaves, so any tips would be welcomed.
Hope that's what you were looking for, Sarah. Main planting will be over the next 4-6 weeks, so that's when we should be getting the carrots, spring onions, etc.
You've seen Ivanhoe Acres, and it's not changed since then. We've just moved to a denser planting plan, and Mrs I got one of those mini greenhouse things made out of plastic and coathangers (and we have the Hanging Basket of Rhubarbylon, which saves a lot of space).
The solidly-constructed craftsman-built cider shed is still standing proud, you'll be glad to know. We also have an Xmas tree and a Japanese maple. It's surprising what you can do with only a little one....
[HOORAY! WELCOME BACK. And have you any idea why I never do well with lettuces? They seem to sprout all leggy and then never develop. Definitely never into headed lettuces. If I'm lucky I get a few leaves in a cut-and-come-again sort of way. I know they shouldn't be difficult, but it's the thing I have most difficutly with and I don't know why. All ideas gratefully etc]
Sounds as though they're bolting - running to seed - instead of growing a big heart. This is a sign of their being under stress. More to drink, and more food would be my recommendation. Try digging more compost into your soil. If you double dig a load of well-rotted manure into the ground then it will assist with water retention.
wow! I am just about to move to shad thames, and i have quite a large balcony. I was really looking forward to growing something, but i had no idea there could be such a variety! Back in russia we used to grow everything and have chickens and goats, its brilliant. Does the english weather really permit all these things on a balcony?