The weather has certainly improved over the past week or so and there are now visible signs of growth all around on the land. The polytunnel is starting to fill up with various Link-a-Bord beds growing a range of vegetables for the Tatton Park Show. I’m very pleased indeed with my short carrots for Tatton, I have over 400 in total made up of 6 different varieties with more of Sweet Candle than the others.
I also have 20 deep pots of Runner Beans in flower but at the moment they are not setting with the flowers dropping off. I just hope the bees will spot where they are soon or I shall have to try and spray the flowers to see if they will set that way. Things are looking well in the glass house with the long beet really enjoying it there as well as the parsnips, all of these of course are also for Tatton. The long row of peas are podding up now with plenty of pods with 11 peas and the odd one or two with 12, these are all for seed for next season.
The plot outside is now taking shape with the potatoes for Tatton planted out in their polypots and protected from wind damage with the orange plastic mesh. The shallots, our own selection of Aristocrat, are doing very well in shallow containers, they won’t make a large size for exhibition but they will make some good bulbs for planting later on in the year, that is why I haven’t thinned any of the clumps down.
The Sweet Candle carrots for Malvern and possibly Harrogate are all in the one bed without any cover at all. As we buy the largest graded seed of the Sweet Candle, germination was terrific and I’m positive you can get away with sowing just two seed in each station.
There are 420 in the bed and currently they have been thinned down to two in each station. In the background you can see another larger bed with 5 different varieties making a total of over 1,100 carrots in both beds.
We have nearly finished erecting a permanent structure to support the Stenner runner Beans.
It’s made from 4×4 tanalised uprights with 4×2 cross pieces to which the wires will be attached. We hope to have the first few hundred planted up this coming week all of them, apart from a few for our display, are for seed production. The longest bean, Jescot Longun is planted up in my Polytunnels at home which is a good 4 miles from the field to prevent any cross pollination.