The past week has been beautifully sunny but unbelievably busy so today I made it my mission to set up the Gardena Easy Control Computer system which will control the irrigation in the greenhouse. This little gadget will be a life saver over the Summer months whilst me and my Dad are busy working away at all the garden shows. We won’t need to worry about the tomatoes and cucumbers dying of thirst that’s for sure! The whole set up was so easy and simple, it comes with 3 adapters to connect to your tap and a hose connection underneath to connect your hose pipe too. The screen can be removed and the computer comes with various settings to make your life so much easier, all by the press of a button! Not only does this put our minds at rest when we are working away from home but it frees up valuable time to do other gardening jobs… and I had a few of them to tick off the list today.
I headed up the allotment in the heat of the day armed with sun cream and 6 trays of seedlings ready to be planted out. There were courgettes, pumpkins, squashes, sweetcorn and lot’s of flowers waiting to be planted into their new home, plot 15c. These healthy seedlings have been hardened off for the past 2 weeks in the coldframe and seeing as we won’t be getting anymore frosts this month I decided today was the day they moved out. I planted 4 chamomile seedlings out into the trough next to the shed and I’m so looking forward to picking my own flower heads to make tea with. Cosmos ‘Xanthos’, Cosmos Mix, Sunflower ‘Sonja’, Dill and Calendula ‘Touch of Red Buff’ were all planted out into the flower border into rows and it made my heart happy to see the bed starting to fill up now. I’m also pleased to say the alliums are nearly ready to burst with colour and I’m crossing my fingers that they bloom before the weekend arrives!
Next to fill up was the Legume bed and I planted a ‘Tom Fox’ Pumpkin, 2 ‘Crown Prince’ squashes, a ‘Parador’ courgette and a block of ‘Mini Pop’ sweetcorn. I’ve recently sown some borlotto beans in the greenhouse which will climb the sweetcorn stalks, they’ll be planted out in 2 weeks time once the sweetcorn has grown a little to create a perfect structure. All that’s left to join this Legume bed is another courgette called ‘Black Beauty’ and those delicious borlotto beans, then this bed will be full to the brim and I cannot wait to start harvesting from it!
As luck would have it just as I was about to finish my last job for the day it decided to rain, and not just any rain, it absolutely poured it down! Good old British weather where it’s hot enough to wear shorts in the morning and then thunder and lightening in the afternoon… but at least all those seedlings got a nice water! The rain stopped after 3 hours so I managed to pop back up the allotment with a jumper on and finish off planting out those sweetcorn seedlings… the things we do for our gardens right?
This post has been sponsored by Gardena, but all opinions are my own.