Jubilee Weekend plans by Steve Ott
By: Steve Ott
The hot, dry spell came to an end a few days ago and some heavy rain arrived right on cue to soak the soil. For once I was organised and scattered some general fertiliser over most of the beds before the rain arrived so that it could be nicely washed in around the roots, giving a boost to the lettuces, kale, beans and peas already growing away.
I’m trying my hand at some cut flowers this year – mainly chrysanthemums - and planting them out last week took me on a trip down memory lane. My father used to grow blooms and sprays for the local shows and when I was a kid I would help him to do everything from digging the soil to ‘dressing’ the flowers. The latter involved painstakingly moving the petals into place, so that every bloom was perfectly groomed – it would take us hours. Many of the varieties I received as a collection were the same as he was growing 35 years ago.
I received a press release a few weeks ago that said chrysanths were now among the least trendy of flowers, being considered by most to be old fashioned, but I don’t care – apart from the emotional value of seeing them in my garden, few flowers give such value in a vase.
Back to the veg and during my lunch break today I popped out and bought some growing-bags in preparation for planting up my tomatoes, peppers and aubergines in the greenhouse over the long weekend. If the forecast rain stops us from getting out and about I can at least shelter in the greenhouse and plant them up.
Wishing you all a great Bank Holiday break.
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