June has arrived already and after a very dry May we are already watering everything in our West Yorkshire garden and have watched some amazing growth spurts during the last 6 weeks or so.
Our courgettes are all planted out, tomatoes and chillies potted on into final growing positions and beans already arching up their canes. Our new seed varieties Aubergine and Sweet Peppers all look good in the greenhouse, along with our Burpless Cucumber and our new Crystal Ice Cucumber plant (kindly given to us by the green fingered folk at Let’s Grow Preston). Peas are flourishing, we’ve eaten a few Tom Thumb pods already, and June is the month when we can start to see the fruits of our labour begin to emerge.
Our seed sowings have included lots of the varieties that we sell, with many sown in pots to show that you don’t need a big garden to grow your own food. In pots we have; Peas, Radish, Spring Onions, Lettuce, Leeks, various herbs, Salad Leaves and Black Tuscany Kale. In our beds we have Beetroot, Cabbage and Red Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celeriac and Calabrese, Brussels, Swede, Parsnips, Peas and Beans, and all of our Carrot varieties.
We don’t sell these, but grow for ourselves, onions, garlic, potatoes, rhubarb, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and strawberries and all of these look exceptionally healthy this year, with all of the fruit varieties having lots and lots of flowers.
Speaking of flowers, our favourites Calendula and Marigold are growing strong and gracing a number of pots, and our new Lupin and Foxglove varieties are growing well and we may have planted a few too many seeds in fact, so our neighbours may be well be in receipt of some free plants very soon, I can’t get rid of healthy plants!
Seeds can still be sown now and into June to get crops of veggies this year. We have sown seeds direct outdoors without ever having sown any inside and still had a fantastic crop at the end of the season. All seed orders over £5 will be delivered with FREE postage, so why not take advantage of this offer and order a few packets to sow into pots? Feel free to share this info!