Gardening During Lockdown – Week 7

Monday, 11 May 2020

The weeks keep on ticking past. We are so lovely to have a garden to help pass the time, to relax and eat in and to just enjoy nature. The weather continues to be kind allowing us plenty opportunity to both work and relax in the garden. And with a birthday to celebrate in the garden during this past week there has been LOTS of eating and relaxing! Here’s what we have been doing in “Gardening During Lockdown – Week 7″…

Thinning seedlings

The seeds we planted a few weeks ago in our veg beds are starting to shoot up and now is the time to start thinning the seedlings. This will allow the veg you are keeping more space to grow and to be healthy. You can try transplanting your seedlings into another row for twice the harvest. Or plant another row of seeds now for successional planting, giving you salad throughout the summer.

Lulu thinning out some radish seedlings, allowing them plenty space to grow
Lulu thinning out some radish seedlings, allowing them plenty space to grow

Earthing up potatoes

Our potatoes are starting to pop up through the soil so it’s important to “earth them up”. This basically means covering them up with more soil which will stop your potatoes from turning green and becoming inedible, protect the leaves from frost damage and encourage bigger crops.

Earth up those tatties for healthy, large crops
Earth up those tatties for healthy, large crops

Keep on weeding

The warm weather along with some spells of rain have meant the weeds are growing as fast as all the other plants. So make sure you head out to do a bit of weeding each week and you will easily keep on top of it.

Keep checking your garden for weeds to keep on top of it
Keep checking your garden for weeds to keep on top of it

Keep deadheading

It’s important to keep on top of deadheading your flowers as they start to go over. This week we have been busy cutting back the dead flowers on daffodils, camellias and primulas. You will encourage more growth and keep your garden looking lovely.

Dead heading allows plants to focus on new growth and keeps your garden looking lovely
Dead heading allows plants to focus on new growth and keeps your garden looking lovely

Plant up spare pots

We have had a couple of very old troughs lying about so we got round to planting them at the weekend. We managed to salvage some alpines, strawberries and herbs to fill them. When planting alpines remember they like poor quality of soil so add plenty grit to the compost and then add a fine layer to the surface to finish.

The girls helped plant up our troughs and dress the top of the compost with grit
The girls helped plant up our troughs and dress the top of the compost with grit

Have a water fight

A water fight is a must-do job on sunny days! The watering of the plants quickly got side-tracked into a full on water fight. The hose won! (Excuse the state of the lawn – first job post lockdown is replace it!)

A water fight is a must on a sunny day!
A water fight is a must on a sunny day!

Have birthday celebrations

Jill joined the many people celebrating their birthday in lockdown and actually said it was the best one ever. What’s there to not like about spending a gloriously warm day in the garden with your family, eating and drinking lots of lovely things. Think this might be the new tradition!

Afternoon tea in the sunshine - it doesn't get much better than that!
Afternoon tea in the sunshine – it doesn’t get much better than that!

Other things to do:

Enjoy your gardens and stay safe.

Vialii

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