Last weekend we were busy making the most of the summer-like weather. I even managed to survive with only one thin jumper.
Some time was spent preparing beds and other general maintenance work but for the most part we were planting. Not that we have a lot to show for it as much of the planting is still below ground.
Another bed of potatoes has been planted through weed control fabric.
The second lot of 'invisible' work was direct sowing of two narrow trenches of Onward peas.
The hazel twigs placed on the bed are to cut down on any animal foot-marks or dust bathing birds disturbing the seeds. It won't deter any hungry mice or weevils though. Once the peas are through - ever hopeful - the twigs will be used as supports.
Shallots, onions and broad beans all planted in module cells have been waiting in the cold frame to be planted out.
The warm, sunny weather during the last couple of days meant that the broad beans suddenly put on a growth spurt and so they are a bit taller than I would have liked but hopefully - there's that word again - they should soon perk up.
The onions and shallots were at just the right stage for planting - the compost held together and the roots were not yet pot bound. Four varieties of onions and two of shallots were planted.
There was some space left at the end of the rows and so these were planted up with sets. The remaining sets are destined for elsewhere.
Incidentally the autumn planted onions are romping away.
In the greenhouse we have some fairly large brassica plants which could be planted but we are considering potting them into larger pots to build up a stronger root system before surrendering them to the possibility of being struck by club root.
In the greenhouse other seedlings are in early stages of growth.
On the left from the top are, green and red cabbage, rocket, spinach, lettuce and mustard seedlings. Then there are the early brassicas - cabbage, calabrese and cauliflower. On the right are leeks with sweet peas below. The sweet peas seeds were attacked by mice and so there are some gaps in the cells.
I mentioned in my last post that we had a trip to Norwich on Friday. On Thursday we had another trip to Northampton. During Thursday Royal Mail had attempted to leave an order of perennials but instead of leaving them where we requested when ordering, they took them back to the depot. Apparently it is against their rules to leave things. This meant an early morning 5 mile journey to pick up the plants which we then had to carry in the car boot to Norwich and back. As the plants were tiny plugs we had to take a tray and water them before our journey. Had they been left on Thursday we would have had chance to pot them on straight away. We were not happy bunnies.
There are 144 plantlets - too many to pot up individually and so these are being potted in groups of the same variety into largish pots.
These are destined for the perennial bed on the plot.
Just to end, Martyn posted a video that he made of our plot in full blossom. Just in case you missed it I am posting here but be warned as it is 10 minutes long.
We filmed this weekends plot activity too but this is still in the 'editing room'. When it is published we will post it on our video blog.