Bear with me, this is VERY long update, but I hope you think it's worth it.
First of all, I have just finished properly earthing up my potatoes, both by filling in the ones in the tyre, and bringing in some earth from elsewhere in the garden and doing the main bed potatoes.
The potatoes are looking REALLY strong (particularly the ones in the tyre) so I'm really hopeful for a good crop.
I've no idea how to know when to start harvesting though (a theme that is going to go through this whole post).
I also cut the grass today and I've started an "open compost heap" as my contained heap is REALLY close to full.
I now have a large number of progress photographs for you lucky, lucky people.
There are some exciting things actually :)
My housemate today took a little leaf from the garlic and onion and proclaimed the flavour "gorgeous" so that is very promising for the taste of the bulbs....
So the only two things at the moment which are not showing are the Mint and the Spring Onions.
I have been asked a LOT over the last couple of days (for obvious reasons) for my hints and tips for growing tomatoes so *drum roll* here they are (please do feel free to correct me, or suggest more for this section:
- Water them regularly; they are thirsty
- Do not put them where they will be subjected to direct sunlight for hour after hour; this will burn them. They like sunlight, but also like shade
- If they do get burned (see earlier blog) then remove the effected leaves; this seems to help (I do not know why)
That is the sum total of my "what do I do with these tomato seedlings you just gave me?" responses :)
So, if anyone can advise me on more tomato care, or indeed on the "when do I harvest these onions/shallots/garlic", I would be most grateful.
Thanks for reading this stupendously long blog entry.