The Good Life – Part 2!

The Good Life – Part 2!

Leeks planted out
Peas – check out the pods!

It’s nearly 12 weeks since I took my first steps into the world of home-grown veg.  In that time, there has been a lot of glorious sunshine, so I have been kept busy watering.  Unfortunately, there was also a storm a couple of weeks ago, and the pea plants and leeks that I had been watching grow in perfect form were completely flattened and a lot of leaves on the pea plants were blackened by all the salt in the wind and rain.  I was devastated!  However, I propped up the leeks by putting rings of string around groupings until they got their strength back and tied up the peas as well as I could, and they survived.  Some of them still have some battle scars, but don’t we all.  Since then, I have planted out the leeks to give them all more space and – most exciting news of all – I now have several well-formed pea pods!

Planter bag for potatoes

I have also planted some potatoes in a planter bag that I managed to get on the internet.  I chose salad potatoes (Nicola or Charlotte – can’t remember which), as I was told that other ones would have no chance of reaching crop before the winter this far north.  The bags I got are pretty smart – with flaps at the bottom to retrieve the crop.  However, I am told that potatoes can just as easily be planted in a bag-for-life with some holes for drainage at the bottom, so no need for special planters.  This makes them a crop you can easily grow in the smallest of garden spaces, and the great thing is you can move them around if you need the space for sitting out.  I just used potatoes from the supermarket that had grown eyes.  No sign of life yet as I just planted them the other day, but hopefully I’ll see some green soon!  I have left space at the top to add extra compost as they grow, as apparently that gives you a bigger crop.  I have another two of these bags, so may try something else …  Watch this space!

 

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