I can’t believe I’m writing my June update already – where did May go? One of the longer months of the year has shot past, and the veg has shot up! The carrots and beetroots are looking really bushy and healthy, and well on track for harvesting next month, maybe even this month – I cannot wait! And of course, the salad is still going strong, with the next lot of radishes ready to eat, and a constant supply of salad leaves and rocket – yum! In the case of the rocket, maybe a bit too strong for one person to eat it all… And on top of all of that, there are some new arrivals too!
A few days after my last update, our greenhouse arrived and we finally got it set up. Having trawled through pages of greenhouses online, ranging from £100 to much more, we settled on a £30 zip up one from Amazon, bought when we were halfway around the garden centre buying yet more soil, amongst other things. It arrived a couple of days later, and after a very easy construction, it was up in situ next to the VegTrug, and ready for some new residents.
Luckily I had a week off work, so was able to get the seed trays planted up with tomatoes, chillies, peppers and courgettes. Unfortunately, I didn’t quite think it through, and as a result planted all the seeds in the packs. Which is 20 tomato plants, of 2 types, the same of chillies, 10 peppers and 10 courgettes for 2 people… Yep, oops. I duly spent the last few weeks hoping they wouldn’t all grow, but so far we have 3 courgettes, and 10 tomato plants and 2 peppers. Tomato plants to a good home, anyone? We’re still waiting for some chillies to appear, and I’m just hoping that the tomato and pepper plants stop there…
I’ve also started on the herb garden I want to create near to the house, so I can just pop out and snip some off for cooking when I need it. Eventually, it will be a collection of pots with a range of herbs I cook with most often. In the last update, I had just bought a rosemary plant, and now the sage I’ve grown from seed is hardening up really well outside. Hopefully it will be ready to plant on from its tin can soon! I have a long way to go still, and am so far only using the rosemary, as the sage is still very small, but it’s a start! I just need to look for some ideal pots to plant them in now, which could well mean a visit to Homesense is on the cards soon! But if you have any recommendations, I would love to hear them!
Speaking of pots, the asparagus is also now in, in a planter near the house, but no sign of any sprouts yet. I’m still waiting with my fingers crossed that we’ll see some soon! And when they do finally grow, the green should contrast against the black really nicely.
So it’s all going pretty well in the garden at the moment, but I can’t wait to start harvesting the carrots and beetroots soon. I might well be writing about the first ones next month! For now though, excuse me while I tuck into rosemary roasted potatoes and freshly picked young salad leaves…
What’s your favourite fresh veg or salad to make? Ill be needing lots of ideas soon so would love to hear from you!
Look out for my update next month, and catch up with the last one here.