Sunday, 24 May 2009

The best laid plans...


Plan version 3

Tomatoes precariously close to potato bed.

...often go awry. As you may know I love growveg.com. So here's my plan at the moment. I really wanted to clear the whole plot but I just don't have enough time at the moment; the rest of the plot is keeping me so busy with the watering and weeding etc. The weather is hot and the ground is very dusty which is not such a nice combination for full on digging. I hope that I shall get it done as the weather gets cooler later in the year. It was a decision that was made for me by the factors above. It was a sad decision to make as I wanted to clear it all now, but I have accepted that I should be proud of what I have achieved already.

Yesterday I had a delicious few hours to catch up with things at the plot. I planted twelve Roma tomato plants. I have read so much about potatoes and tomatoes not being planted together but I have so many tomato plants and no more prepared beds. They are in separate beds but adjacent to each other. I'm worried if blight appears on the plots this year it could easily spread to both.

I have sunk a plant pot beside each plant to aid watering. I also planted marigolds around the outside and some basil seedlings from home which I have protected with some little plastic bottle cloches. I have given them all a bamboo support, Roma is a bush variety so should only need a little support but I am being cautious as the wind can whizz across the plots.

At the end of my potato bed I have planted some courgettes. I planned to plant two, but as I was planting my little under-gardener delivered two more stripped of their pots so I felt obliged to pop them in too. As they should be planted 3' apart I think this will have to be addressed very soon and right now four are squeezed into a 4'x4' square. I may squeeze in three like my plan and put one in a planter.


6 comments:

Carrie said...

You good girl, sometimes the rule book need to be thrown to the wind! I liked growveg.com too, they asked me to do a review for them this year. Wish I had of worked out how to get a little plan like yours up on my bllog - very nice indeed. x

Jo said...

I still have large areas on my allotment which need clearing, but like you, I'm concentrating on what has already been done. I think little and often is the best policy. I don't want to rush everything at the expense of what I have already done.

Garden Girl said...

'the weather is hot and dry'...

Where ARE you? It's not hot or dry up here in NE England. Medium warm, and fine interspersed with pouring, more like it!

Tash said...

Carrie-
I used screen capture to take my plan of the growveg.com website. I have a mac and you have to shift+apple+4 which give to a cursor to box select what you want to capture. Not sure how to do that on a pc!?
Garden Girl-
I'm in Surrey just within the m25. Since I posted we had buckets of well needed rain last night and a little this morning, so I didn't need to water today. I should have 1/4 of a water butt i hope.

mangocheeks said...

What a lovely blog.

Having a good camera, sure makes things look even more prettier too.

Carrie said...

thank you for the comment yesterday, i needed to hear some common sense xx