Rocket is as tough as old boots....Here is some rocket sown only on 22nd november and now its ready to be planted out, rocket (once hardened off) is a good hardy fellow, Ideally sow some rocket at regular intervals to give yourself a nice steady harvest of really fresh leaves, these plants have a 5/7 seeds per pot and i'm planting them out 8inches apart in
Pansy plants sown in early september are well up and some of the problem is that you eventually run out of space in any greenhouse or polytunnel, so you have to start hardening plants off and get them planted. We had about 130 plants ready so we decided to plant up the big yellow pots that run down in the fence in North West Regional College Springtown full with these pansys, pots were conditioned with fresh compost and some chciken manure pellets added....
Plant the plants 6inches apart for a good display.
we made a start on planting some outdoor onion sets today. Wee onion sets are planted 6 inches apart and then thinned later on (these thinning are used as scallions). We planted a few rows of red and a few rows of white.
We used Chicken pellets as a base fertiliser and a wee bit of multi compost to cerate a crumb on the soil making it easier to get the onions planted.
Lots of the seeds sown last autumn are now at a good size for potting up, by potting up these will be kicked into growth and they should be a nice size for us to plant out end March....here we have some spinach, pansys and.....well I can't remember the other name as I type.....but hey you get the jist!
potted up into multi-compost mixed with perlite and some slow release fertiliser
Raddish is a great wee plant to continual sow, sow a batch every month or so and you'll have a steady wee supply of fresh raddish. We sow 2 seeds to a cell, plant them in clumps and then harvest them in clumps.
Today i've made a start on sowing Tomato seeds in Maybrook. We have a packet of Moneymaker seeds, Moneymaker isn't the most spectacular of flavours but its a great all-round tomatoe, high cropping with great disease resistance. We're sowing into multi purpose compost with some added Perlite, and with a top dressing of perlite. These will be watered and placed in an unheated greenhouse with a propogator lid on the top of the seed tray....
The seeds should be popping up in a few weeks, then a month or so later pot them up into smaller pots then about a month or so later plant them into bags....see here for more on growing ring culture toms...
Toms are a plant which you want to sow early in the season, others include chillies and peppers as they require a long growing season...
Its a less 'glittery' job of gardening...but a well edged lawn is essential, in the Playtrail the edges of the paths were becoming distorted as the edges were beign hidden, and some puddling was occuring as the growth was prohibiting water run-off....no bother to City and Guilds gardening crew...job attacked with gusto!
It was wet, windy and a torrid day...but the kids of St Therese Primary are made from hardy stuff and it was going to take more than a bit of rain to stop them planting their new flower beds...
These beds the kids made, cutting, nailing and screwign the planks together and now it was planting time!!
We starting off by making a cake - soil was the sponge, compost the icing and chicken manure the sprinkles....a delightful cake you may add....
in each of the beds we planted a solid block of the one plant, makes it easier to stake, pick and maintain and tit gives far better impact. We planted some Dahlias and some Begonias in the beds
Following on from the huge success of the first 'Wild Night out in Prehen' Colin Peck has just announced a second date.....Sat 23rd February.....this will be another fabulous night of seasonal foods, french cooking.....(the lamb cooked on the dining room fire was epic!!).....and as much plonk as you can guzzle....
Same booking as before, contact Colin Peck on 02871342829 or 07803907532 to book your place
See details from the first night here
Following on from the succesful second place obtained in the Pride of Place awards, Derry City Council are offering support to the many community garden projects that operate in the city by offering the use of a stall at the monthly Walled City Market.
Social Enterprice community groups are invited to use this stall to sell fresh produce, planted containers, herbs, garden plants....any fresh produce they are producing in their community group/ community centre or school garden.
The stall will be co-ordinated by BBC Radio Foyles Gareth Austin, and groups who wish to join the market should contact Gareth on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07506242774 so that Gareth can co-ordinate space.
Use of the stall is Free to the community garden, and each garden will staff and sell their produce on the day, offering helpful advice on maintenance, growing on etc etc
Each month the stall will offer seasonal plants, produce and the like all grown in the award winning community garden network that exists in the City of Culture.
I personally am delighted with this proposal, many gardens produce surpluss of the best of organic produce and many gardens have facilities to grow and produce plants, by selling produce and plants they will be bale to raise much needed funds to develop their community gardens...
In advance of each market, I will try to post up details of what the gardens are offering for sale that month.....
Good or Bad idea?
Gardening on Radio Foyle
A summary of each weeks gardening on Mark Patterson Show and beyond