We have take off…

My little pop up greenhouse at the start of the growing season
My little pop up greenhouse at the start of the growing season

Well the weather has been very mixed of late to say the least. Although we are now in May it doesn’t seem to have warmed up much in the UK and we are being attacked by high winds on a regular basis! If that wasn’t enough we are getting a mixture of heavy showers and sunshine! The garden seems to be loving it though as everything is growing rapidly – including the lawn! I’m desperate to get in  the garden as I’m busily extending some of my borders to fit more plants in. I managed to extend one border on Sunday before the heavens opened banishing me inside! However I still have another border that I want to extend by a foot so I can put my vegetable’s in!

I’m sure I’m at the stage most gardeners are at – too many plants waiting to find their forever homes! At the moment my greenhouse is bursting at the seams with seedlings that are waiting to go out! It seems to be a daily routine now to check to see if any seedlings measure up in order to stand on their own two feet. I have to say it hasn’t helped an awful lot that my greenhouse is the pop up variety. Although in a sunny spot it doesn’t get the hottest as it has a plastic cover rather than glass, so everything is taking a little bit longer, but it’s doing well! I wanted to give you a little update as the seedlings have come a long way since my post of Sowing the seeds of summer. I even took some seedlings to a plant swap (ok the plant swap was with my mum – but she was very impressed)!

My greenhouse now - full to the brink!
My greenhouse now – full to the brink!

I have planted a few seedlings out and I have quite a few hardening off, but the greenhouse is still full and I have some more seeds that I want to sow! The Cabbages, Swede and Cauliflower are all doing really well and are at a good size now – they are waiting (patiently) to go in to the veg border once it is created. The Swiss Chard seedlings as you can see from the below photo are romping away and already have their colour (I feel like a mum who is proud as punch)!

My Swiss Chard seedlings coming along nicely!
My Swiss Chard seedlings coming along nicely!

I also sowed some beetroot which is also doing great and once planted out will do really well, I’m hoping to sow some more Beetroot so I have some succession veg for when the first lot is all used up! I also sowed some Kale (my first year of doing so) and it is establishing in to nice little plants. I need to research Kale a bit more as I’m not sure yet where I am going to plant it! I also sowed some Borlotti Beans for the first time this year and after a slow start (I thought they were never going to germinate) the lovely bean shoots popped (or really cracked) through the soil to make an appearance!

The Borlotti Beans are finally taking off!
The Borlotti Beans are finally taking off!

On the flower seedling front, I’ve had a bit of a mixed bunch! The Sweetpeas I’ve sown have germinated but I only have about 5 seedlings – which isn’t too bad! I have another packet so I’m hoping for a few more! I did sow some Aquilegia’s but only one seedling has germinated from them – and it doesn’t look the healthiest! It’s annoying as outside on our drive we have quite a few that have self seeded themselves, however I can’t grow them from seed! I also sowed some Angelica seeds as I love Angelica but they never took (I think the mouse who visited earlier had munched them all). That said I have had some good success’s such as Larkspur, Lupins, Malva, Calendula and Holyhock’s! So I can’t complain! I think maybe next year I need to look at what I sow and how I do it (maybe the greenhouse wasn’t warm enough for the flower seeds). I’m happy with what I’ve got so far and I can’t wait to plant some more! My partner is mesmerized with all the plants and keeps saying “Have you not got enough yet” I give him ‘the glance’ as if to say “don’t be silly”. You can never have too many plants!

My Malva seedlings coming on well - this is the first year of Malva in the garden!
My Malva seedlings coming on well – this is the first year of Malva in the garden!
I've planted some of my Holyhock seedlings out and for a bit of protection I've put a plastic drinks cup over them as a mini cloche!
I’ve planted some of my Holyhock seedlings out and for a bit of protection I’ve put a plastic drinks cup over them as a mini cloche!
The Larkspur seedlings getting their true leaves
The Larkspur seedlings getting their true leaves
Parsley and Basil seedlings doing well
Parsley and Basil seedlings doing well

How are you all getting on with your gardens? Have you got lots of seedlings waiting to go out too?

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6 thoughts on “We have take off…

  1. That’s so cool! You’re quite the gardener. Have you been doing it very long?
    Haha, seems like no matter the size of the garden, there is never enough room for everything. Never. 🙂
    Things in your green house look great! With all the wind in your area, do you ever have problems with it trying to blow away?
    We had a similar green house once, but the winds in Iowa kept toppling it!
    Do you ever do any freezing or canning with your produce?

    Have a great day!
    -Christina

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    • Thank you so much Christina! Your words are so lovely!! I’ve been gardening in my own garden for 2 years now, but I grew up with a my mum who was a wonderful gardener. I am always trying to emulate her however she has a 2 acre garden so I’m a way off yet lol! Thank you, we’ve had some warmer days since my post, which is really helping things along 🙂 oh yes it easily tries to take flight! I have it tied to pipes with our council compost bin in front of it and garden chairs hemming it in! If I didn’t it would take off within a second! I’m going to start hopefully this year. Do you can/preserve? I do freeze, which is great – courgettes, runner beans, raspberries. You have a beautiful blog! I’m so glad I found it! 🙂

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  2. Lots still in the ‘blowaway’ here too, until this crazy weather settles down. What a great idea of yours to extend the borders. I might try that, even if it just gives enough room for another row of something.

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    • Thank you very much! The weather at the moment is quite refreshing isn’t it? That awful wind has calmed down! Please do! It’s surprising how much room it does give you! Trouble is I could do with even more space! Please let me know how you get on! 🙂 love your blog, thank you for your updates!

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    • I know what you mean Rachel it’s like a juggling act at the moment isn’t it. I’m forever moving things around – I don’t know who is more dizzy!! It would be nice if the weather warmed up a bit – It is nearly June! I’m just reading about your trip to Liverpool at the Bank Holiday! Sounds fantastic! 🙂

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