Today was a beautiful day (Friday). The sun was warm and the wind was light. Having lost so much time in recent months on other projects I wanted to really get something done today.
Tackling the garden in chunks is the way forward, so today I decided to start with the greenhouse. I removed the greenhouse staging and packed it away in the cupboard until I’ll need it next Spring.
The seedlings of the pelargoniums I sowed, two months ago, were large enough to move into individual pots. Using a good quality ‘cuttings compost’ I gently took the seedlings out of their pot and dipped the soil into a bowl of water. This helps break the soil and the seedlings will come out easier. When handling seedlings, never handle their stems, always hold them by their leaves. Holding them by their stem can damage the seedling and you want to give it the best start possible. Using a dipper I made a little hole and popped the seedling into it until the leaves are practically sat on the soil. Gently pressing the soil in to fill the hole. I then give them a really good watering by standing the pots in a tray of water. I tend to leave them here for a good 20 minutes until the soil is really wet. Because it’s so hot in the greenhouse at the moment I’m keeping them outdoors in a shady spot until they establish themselves.
Other seedlings I transplanted included the kale and cabbage plants I sowed a few weeks ago. Read about it in my previous diary entry by clicking here.
While doing all this I noticed three new lily buds just below the water in the pond. They open in the morning and close their white petals in late afternoon.
I put an old white bed sheet over the top of the greenhouse to cool the atmosphere down. I would usually put whitewash on the windows but couldn’t find any in the shed. I’ll have to get some this weekend. Whitewash helps to cool the greenhouse cool in hot weather. It reduces the amount of sunshine that enters. It will stay on all summer and I’ll remove it with a damp cloth during winter.
At the furthest corner of my allotment is where I keep my compost bins. While I was putting garden cuttings into it, I noticed around 4 blue bags. I had forgotten that last winter I collected leaves from the streets and was making compost. Just collect fallen tree leaves and put them into bags, like the rubbish collection black bags, poke a few holes in the bottom with a garden fork to let any rain out. Then leave in a corner of the garden and forget about them for a year. When you revisit, you will find beautiful compost.
Noticing the bags I opened one to see how the compost was doing, and was shocked to find 17 newts living in there. I gently returned the bag to its position and will now avoid that area until the winter, to give the newts time to leave of their own accord.
By midday the sun was too hot to continue so I packed up and headed home to cool off in the shade with a nice mug of tea.
See you next week!