THE DIARY OF A BLACK COUNTRY GARDENER
[in Stratford Upon Avon]
JANUARY 31st 2013
A DIARY OF A BLACKCOUNTRY GARDENER
[in Stratford Upon Avon]
Hi. Today was a great day for gardening at the Bentley Stratford. Blue skies, sunshine and actually, out of the shade and when the wind dropped it was quite warm. We are hoping to have a raised bed made so that some of the residents who like gardening can come outside when the weather is more clement and have a potter around. So, on the off chance that this event occurs, I have sown a few vegetable seeds so that there will be some ready plants to go in the bed. I sowed little Gem lettuce under glass, if you want to taste what a lettuce should really taste like, then grow little Gems in good fertile soil, and you’ll never buy the supermarket ones again! And with a little thought and planning, they can be grown almost all the year round!
To complement the lettuce I sowed two types of tomato. The gardener’s delight, which is a robust and prolific cherry type tomato and grown in rich [high in humus] soil, [and not that hydroponics rubbish]; will produce some of the sweetest and tastiest tomatoes you could eat, and in fact they actually taste like a tomato should taste! The other tomato I sowed is Marmande. This is a beef tomato and is not so easy to grow, but with an early sowing and lots of patience [and potash once the first trusses set] you’ll have the tastiest tomatoes imaginable! However, the pots in which I started these off in had to come home with myself, as there is nowhere warm for them to germinate at the centre. Just sow per instructions and cover with cling film to retain moisture till the shoots appear.
There have a few more plants opened up in the gardens and the aconites have responded nicely to the sunshine by opening up their little heads. See below.
Helleborus [orientalis] Helleborus [foetidus]
Helleborus [winter Rose] Helleborus [white and red]
Aconites [opened] Early Iris’s
Well, it’s the 1st of Feb and I didn’t go to Stratford as they forecast rain all day from early morning to early evening! LOL, still can’t get it right can they. I have decided to call them the “WHETHER MEN” Because they don’t know whether it’s going to snow, or be sunny or rain or what? I have no faith in them whatsoever. However, the upside to this is that I can see some of my own flowers opening up to this nice bit of sun. See below!
Primula [wanda] Iberis [perennial candytuft]
First Crocus’s Viola, Primula and Crocus
Anyway, if you need a gardener, or just want to ask a question please contact me on this post, on my face book page [John Wunderlich Rowley Regis] or on firstname.lastname@example.org, happy gardening. J