I have the Plot, it's June now See what I've got.!

THE BARDStarred Page By THE BARD, 12th Jun 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The early part of this year has been the wamest and driest I have ever known.
I have taken advantage and got some early crops.

Ideal weather for the growers if you have the water!.

What a brilliant start to the year for those who have ventured into Growing your Own fruit and veg.
I live in central south of England and as far back as I can remember it has been the hottest and driest mid March right through to early June.
For those with the time and access to water it has been ideal for the amateur gardener to take advantage and reap some early crops.
I believe I am at least 2 weeks earlier this year than any year I have experienced in the past and I’ve been at it for over forty years.
I have only a small plot at the top of my garden where I grow my crops.
A small shed to keep the tools etc. A 6ft x 8ft Greenhouse all trellised off from the lawn and flower beds giving me approximately 45 square meters for growing my crops.
Some people may argue that gardening is a load of hard work for nothing.
Let me tell you that it is one of the most pleasurable and rewarding pastimes watching your efforts grow and then reaping the rewards.
Like everything else you need to acquire the know-how and put in the effort to reap the rewards.

The seeds have been set.

The seeds have all been set in mid March and are well on their way. Broad Beans Beetroot. Parsnips. Carrots, Spring Onions, Radishes, Lettuces, Early and Second Early Potatoes. Runner Beans, French Beans. The Tomatoes and melons are up and ready to be planted out from their pots into the greenhouse borders.
The Grape vine in the greenhouse has struck some good shoots with some nice bunches of flowers ready to turn into grapes in September. The Rhubarb is well into growth.
The Strawberries,. Raspberries and Blueberries have blossomed well and I am looking forward to a bumper crop. My neighbours will be pleased!! They get a taste of the spoils.
So let me take you around my little plot with a few photographs from mid-April to the 11th of June.

Mid-April things are beginning to move on the Plot.

The Blue Berries have blossomed well along with the Strawberries.
The early Potatoes, Home Guard are up but i have been covering them with a very fine curtain netting at night incase of frost.
Broad Beans, carrots, Parsnips,spring onions are well on their way
The three Mellon plants are well up and being kept warm with Polystyrene around pots to keep the roots warm to encourage growth ready for planting out in the Greenhouse border.

Mid- May and things are growing fast. Looking forward to the rewards.

Everything is coming on nicely in the garden and i am looking forward to a bumper crop.
The Mellons are in the Greehouse border ready to climb up the trellis and wire frame.
Things are looking good. Well pleased.

More mid- May pictures.

I have set a few Lettuces in the middle of the Runner bean canes. That way I get the lettuce before the Beans get going. Got to use all the space you can get!!
I also sew a few sping onion in between the rows of carrots. I hope it keeps the carrot fly off.
Boy am I looking forward to June. I recon that we will be Busting out all over.
My Dinner table for starters!

More mid- May pictures

Everything in the garden is Rosey.
The Blueberries are lookig good. Soon i'll have to be netting the fruit. The birds like my garden!!

The 11th of JUNE. Tasting the produce.

Although it is now the second week in June i have not been without a taste of the crop.
Have been testing for want of a better word, the Strawberries and Raspberries,
Just as I have been passing by them.

This one is mine, Yummy.

Very tasty this one. There is nomally one strawberry that just seems to ripen before all the others and is bigger like it's testing the climate for the others.
This baby was mine.

This is the first of the year.

What more could you wish for from your own garden for the meals this weekend.
New Potatoes with mint, Beetroot, Radishes, Spring onions, Lettuce, (1 little Gem 1 All the year Round), Rhubarb, Strawberries.Raspberries and finally the Gooseberries.

And here is the Smiling Gardener

They call me the Green Fingered Grocer around here!!
Believe me there is plenty more to come from my little plot.
If you would to like catch up with me again later in in the year I will keep you informed.

The Luton Bard.


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78 years old
I play table tennis and golf.
I'm a keen gardener.
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author avatar Denise O
13th Jun 2011 (#)

First of all Mr Bard, what a lovely looking page. I am so hungry looking at it. What a wonderful crop you have and it's only the beginning. Well done my friend. I just love the photos. Congrats on the star page, it is well deserved. as always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar THE BARD
14th Jun 2011 (#)

Many thanks for the nice comments again Denise. Yes they finally made a star for me and put it on my story. Got to push for the humour star now!.

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author avatar Songbird B
13th Jun 2011 (#)

What a lovely page! Perfect presentation, and a really enjoyable and informative read too...Cannot praise this enough my friend! Congrats on Star Page..

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author avatar THE BARD
14th Jun 2011 (#)

Songbird B, many thanks for your comments. I finally got star status on the gardening.
When I've gathered the crops I will be trying for stardom in the humour section.

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author avatar Songbird B
14th Jun 2011 (#)

So glad that your work was recognised for being exceptional...it really is..Look forward to more of your work my friend..Well done!

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author avatar Denise O
14th Jun 2011 (#)

Mr. Bard, As far as I am concerned, your are a star. I feel your one article about the 74 year old model was a star page, it still cracks me up when I think about it.:)

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author avatar Tranquilpen
17th Jun 2011 (#)

Thank you Mr. Bard, this article is definitely in the character of another Bard I know, since it emulates his style to a degree. Your title, reminiscent of a mid-summer nights dream... I feel?

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author avatar Crystal
28th Jun 2011 (#)

Lovely article Mr. Bard I love planting but recent crops proved to be unfruitful and i think it's due to lack of soil nourishment, what are simple ways of simple soil nourishment?

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author avatar THE BARD
3rd Jul 2011 (#)

Crystal. There are many pitfalls and many rewards for the amature gardener. You need to have a reasonably good soil suitable for the crops you want to grow. You can enrich your soil by digging in some well rotted compost every late autumn or
if available well rotted manure, horse manure i find to be the best.
In the spring i rake in a general purpose fertalizer prior to planting out. I also feed the plants at least once a week with a solualable fertalizer.Keep your plants well watered but don't over do it. Finally obtain a general purpose gardening book and read up on the soil types and conditions the plants you want to grow requre. Patience and experience reap rewards.
Best of luck Crystal.

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