Lieutenant….status report

A quiet time on the allotment this week. I have the feeling though that this “quiet time” is going to be short-lived. The spring flowers are steadily making their way through the woodland floor in Nature Corner and starting to add a splash of colour to the plot. The garlic is making steady progress and is growing well. The Lautrec Wight is really sprouting up, with one of the cloves being really keen to get growing, producing two shoots!

Lautrec Wight

Lautrec Wight

Two shoot garlic explosion

Two shoot garlic explosion

The elephant garlic seems much slower to grow, although I’m sure it is to be expected as it is going to be the size of a small mammal (seriously, it’s going to be about the size of a hamster).

Elephant Garlic

Elephant Garlic

This week has been fantastic as far as my seedlings go. The cauliflower seeds I planted about a fortnight ago are doing well and are now just starting to grow their true leaves. I’ve been really impressed with their germination rate, with all but 2 of the seeds planted growing. The leeks seeds I planted at the same time as the cauliflowers started growing this week, along with the onion seeds and more French marigolds sown last week too. It’s all hands on deck now captain!

Lovely leeks

Lovely leeks

Newly emerging onion seedlings

Newly emerging onion seedlings

The rosemary cuttings are still looking good, I’m too scared to see if they’ve started growing roots yet so I’m going with that as long as the leaves aren’t shedding like an old Christmas tree, they must still be ok!

Week old rosemary cuttings

Week old rosemary cuttings

I’m sure I mentioned in a previous post that I’d put my son Jacob in charge of growing the flowers for the allotment. I’m also sure I mentioned that he planted all of my verbena seeds in with most of my snap dragon flower seeds at the same time he planted 2 of his French marigold seeds. The mixture of seeds he planted he decided to call “mixie pixie” This week I found out exactly how many verbena seeds he planted.  Hopefully we’ll be able to prick them out at some point, otherwise I’ll be transplanting the whole lot into a planter the size of a tractor wheel! I’m sure the bees it’s intended to bring into the allotment will be overjoyed with the verbena bounty on offer!

Mixie pixie flowers

Mixie pixie flowers

Nothing to report on the Lavender seeds yet but they do have a long germination period. I really am looking forward to growing my own lavender. I love the idea of using them as a natural border, and I’m hoping to use them to mark the end of the vegetable plot just before our nature corner starts. With the right wind direction, we can sit on the tree stumps in among the flowers and smell the lavender wafting in. What a lovely thing that would be.

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