These are some sweet peas that were sown in pots in the greenhouse in early spring. The tops were pinched out when they were about 7 inches tall. I then potted them on individually, before transplanting into a large terracotta pot, placed outside in late spring.
The seeds are ones I collected in January 2011, so these ones were free!
The pelargonium that we planted in early spring are finally flowering. It was a slow start, but well worth the wait.
The plants are a deep green and strong healthy looking plants. The flower heads are huge and packed tight with these beautiful white flowers.
Having watched Gardner’s World last night and seen Monty’s garlic rust, I thought I would go and check my garlic this morning. This is what I found.
Again, like Monty’s, my Elephant Garlic appeared fine, but just about every one of my Iberian Wight, looked like the picture above.
So I have pulled them all up. I am pleased with the size of the bulb, so the garlic rust has come late enough to have allowed the bulbs to swell sufficiently.
I’ll leave these out in the sun to dry off for a while, before hanging them up.
It may only be a humble charlotte potato flower, but it’s impressive yellow stamen and mauve petals make for a pretty display in the potato beds.
As far I know, potato flowers do no harm and can be left where they are, for you to enjoy whilst you await the development of the tasty tubers below.
I have never tried growing carrots in pots before, but last year a number of my carrots struggled in my veg beds for a variety of reasons, so this year I decided to give it a go.
These Carrot Eskimo appear to be coming along nicely in these large terracotta pots and certainly look nice growing in the sun.
I plan to thin them gradually over time by using small ones up early, therefore leaving room for some to grow larger.
The apple blossom is out in full today on the Apple Discovery Espalier. It’s difficult to catch a good shot of the blossom between the cloud and showers today, however, I’m looking forward to seeing some swelling buds and hopefully this year I can get to the apples before the fox does.
Growing Cucamelon from seed. This is a first for me.
I have planted one seed per pot around half an inch deep and put them in the propagator at 20°C.
The Cucamelon fruit is the size of a grape, looks like a melon and tastes like cucumber with a hint of lime.
It’s now been over 6 weeks since sowing the Cucamelon seed. They certainly did take a long time to germinate. It must have been a good 3 to 4 weeks before a tiny green shoot appeared, however, they are now making steady progress.
I have kept them in the propagator in the greenhouse all this time. Still set on 20°C, but leaving the lid off during the day.
Considering most of the cucumber varieties that were sown at the same time, are now 9″ tall, Cucamelons are definitely slow starters.
I potted on the cucamelon into a large terracotta pot about 3 weeks ago. It’s now sat in the corner of my greenhouse and the vine is now about 6 foot tall and seems healthy.
We have about half a dozen flowers and as you can see from the photo above, small fruits are starting to form.
I am watering as I do my tomato plants that are growing alongside it and feed every other day with tomato feed.
The small cucamelons have just started to swell. They have doubled their size in the last week.
I’m hoping one or two may be ready to try next week.
Today I picked my first Cucamelon crop. It may only be a small crop, but there are plenty more on the vine, swelling nicely.
The taste is really fantastic. You first get a little hit of citrus, then followed up by a wonderful cucumber flavour.
I can imagine they would be lovely in a gin and tonic!
The crop just keep on coming. There seems to be no end to the amount of fruit we can pick from our cucamelon vine. As soon as we pick a handful, it seems to be replenished overnight.
You can buy cucamelon seeds in the UK from Sutton Seeds
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