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Notes From a Small Garden


As is usual at this time of year, Jim’s greenhouses are full of seedlings and young plants. Due to cold winds and possible frosts, most will have to wait until the end of May or early June to be planted out. The autumn sown lettuce (Winter Density) which was grown in a cold frame, is normally


ready at the end of April and is only just beginning to heart-up. The broad beans are on flower but the plants are rather small. Jim has sown a bush runner bean as a trial and will keep it covered with fleece until the weather improves. As with all peas and beans he finds it best to chit them, i.e. start into growth before planting. Put onto damp compost and lightly cover with soil. Sow them when they start into growth. Julie’s polytunnel is full to bursting too, but the forecast at time of writing was two more cold days ahead, so the beans and peas will have to stay put, hopefully for not longer than a week.


Plants which will be grown in the greenhouse are all growing fast and will soon be planted in their final positions. The Saturn peach which was taken into the greenhouse has flowered and set well and had its first thinning out. Two of the apricot trees, one a four year old and the other a twelve year old, have failed to start into growth. We will leave them until July and if there is no sign of life by then they will be taken out. A peach which has been grown from a stone has taken five years to flower for the first time . Hopefully the quality of the fruit will be worth the wait!!


What a wonderful daffodil show we have had this year. Julie’s white Pheasants’ Eyes are just flowering now and the cowslips have spread a lot since last year. Please let her know if you would like any plants.


Jim’s new Auriculas are in flower and are ideal for anyone with a small space. Julie’s are flowering beautifully too but they really have needed watering in this dry wind we have been having. In fact she has lost one by not paying attention!


An Old Boys’ saying:


Hoe thistles in May they are up next day, Hoe thistles in June it’s a bit too soon, Hoe thistles in July they are sure to die.


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