Learning on the job

What do I love most about gardening? – the FORGIVENESS! Sure, the plant you’ve just killed may not show much compassion, but in general, you can make mistakes, learn lessons and move on. I can see why people call it therapy – it’s the greatest kind.

This week was moving week for my all-pot-ment. The great thing about pots is you can shuffle them when desired. Tomatoes need a sunnier spot – no problem, courgettes start arguing with each other – sorted. It’s amazing how a re-position can breathe new life into plants – they’ve never looked better!

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I’ve also learnt that my broccoli, which were in the bunker, were shadowing my peas, which weren’t thriving at all. It turns out I planted the broccoli far too close to each other. So, it was time to dig them up and promote/relegate them to the front garden. I don’t have any veg growing at the front but it’s south facing and there’s space in the borders so why not! One thing I hadn’t considered was that these pampered veg have been used to the highlife of growing compost, so I wondered how they would fair – slumming it in the common soil. Let’s just say they took a while to adjust. It was looking a little touch and go, but after a good soak they are now finding their feet and have their ‘oomf’ back.

Removing the broccoli left a space in my bunker. I’ve past the ‘cut-off’ for some veg but most lettuce can be sown until July. I’ve given it a go and fingers crossed we’ll see some growth soon. Hopefully the peas will enjoy their new, less intimidating, room-mates a little more!XVzemF3JQHKHZwSQ714XSQ

The most interesting plant in the garden, from the littlies’ point of view, is the strawberry plant. It started producing a few juicy red jewels this week, which were very well received. It also produced ‘runners’, which I planted into some other pots making 6 plants in total – did someone say FREE FOOD? The process itself is (apparently) easy peasy – so I rounded up the littlies to help!

ib7vdkvfqhmfswoqtuiwzw.jpgI followed the runner from the ‘mother plant’ to the leafy section. This section will form the new plant so I placed it on a new pot of compost, securing it (gently) with a bent cocktail stick, leaving the runner in tact. Once the roots have taken I will cut the runner and voila – a new strawberry plant that should produce fruit next year.

Until next time,

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