If You Need Me, I’ll Be In The Garden! #SixOnSaturday @cavershamjj

This week has seen fluctuating temperatures in my Hampshire garden with morning frosts one day followed by a +10 degree difference the next morning. The birds are singing, the buds are…well budding and I’ve had itchy fingers to get planting.

First photo is about my gardening learning curve. Much of my gardening is experimental because I don’t know a lot yet. Last August I took a gamble on some Brussel Sprout plug plants when wondering through the garden centre. I nurtured them on a windowsill as they looked a bit delicate, then planted them out in September, I think. My farming relatives came to visit and shook their heads at my small plants, predicting that they would never produce any sprouts. Well this week I spotted tiny sprouts on the plants which made me very excited. You get to see them too!

Second photo is my Wiggly Wigglers composter. I rotate two buckets for non-meat kitchen scraps which I layer with Bokashi Active Bran. A mixture of microscopic bacteria, yeasts and fungi that work together to speed-up composting. I have been using this system for years, the liquid it produces is a concentrated plant feed, while the vegetable mix gets dug into my kitchen garden.

Photo three is my first set of potatoes set to chit. This year I am trying King Edwards, I do struggle to find a versatile potato which all the family like. I will sow some into felt potato grow bags and some into the veg patch. Last year in my experiment stage, I used supermarket potatoes which chitted while in my cupboard. I don’t know what variety any of them were, but they still gave me some potatoes.

Photo four goes to Red Campion (split into three after buying) and an Ox-Eye Daisy, bought at the garden centre in the ‘wild plant’ section. I like the idea of introducing more wild plant varieties which the pollinators will enjoy to my plot. They are in the new cold frame at the moment.

Picture five shows a couple of the mini propagators filled with Laurentia, a free pack of seeds from the front of my gardening magazine. I have them sat on bubble wrap and they are on the windowsill. I have a heat mat on my wish list to help start off other seedlings.

Final photo is of my Anemone corms. I read an article last evening which suggested soaking them overnight to soften the corms, then planting them in pots to get them going early before planting out after the frosts. So soaked they are! It’s all an experiment😉

Thank you for joining me for this #SixOnSaturday post. I hope that you enjoyed it. If you would like to know more about this hashtag, read founder Mr Propagator’s post here also find him on Twitter here.

Happy gardening


28 thoughts on “If You Need Me, I’ll Be In The Garden! #SixOnSaturday @cavershamjj

  1. That is such a cute baby brussel sprout! Best of luck with your gardening. I tried for a couple of years for a vegetable garden, but we live at a high elevation and our season is so short it was just so frustrating.

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  2. I think gardeners are perhaps the most grounded people around, no pun intended, Rosie. We live in the woods so there’s not as much sun as I’d like and I can’t grow much in the way of fresh produce, but we do have lots of trees and flowers that I love to attend to. One day, I’ll have a little garden of my own. For now, we are trying out a little indoor hydroponics system for herbs and things. I’m hoping it works out.

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  3. You will love gardening. Also in the UK we eat ‘Sprout Tops’, which is the topmost bunch of the leaves. They are great in a stir fry. I think you will be able to grow sprouts if you got this far planting so late, in future years. They are easy to start from seed, straight in a nursery row in the garden, protected from creatures, then planted out in their allocated distance. They need a long growing season, and to be planted very firmly. Another similar very sought after crop similar to Brussel Sprouts which is a darling of all the chefs is Kalettes. It is a cross between a Brussel Sprout and Kale.

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  4. You are giving me great ideas, Rosie. We are a month or so from being able to plant anything – some warm days but really icy nights. I brought my chives inside (grown from seed) for the winter and they have been great growers!

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  5. Congrats on the sprouts and on ignoring the nay sayers! Interesting composting system, so you don’t use worms in there? Heat mat was one of the best things I ever bought for gardening, followed the next year by grow lights – you can start tomatoes and chillies or peppers off in February with that lot.

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  6. Well, that seems to have worked, will this? Anyway, you are very organised with your seeds and plants, I wish I was but, I know, it just takes time and effort. Your Brussels are quite late but will be worth waiting for. Mine provided excellent meals for the local caterpillars who then demolished my broccoli, cabbage and Romanescu plants. 😱😬. I’m looking forward to the progress reports.

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  7. What a lovely garden you have!

    It’s still far too cold here in Ontario to plant anything outdoors, but spring will be here sooner than one might think. 🙂

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    • Thank you Lydia, I am very lucky and we do benefit mostly from warmer days than Ontario. We had a lovely holiday around the Toronto area a few years ago. Loved Algonquin Park after doing the touristy bits. Stay warm.


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