Just so I remember stuff…

Sweetcorn Harvest

Sweetcorn harvest well underway. We have about 8 or 9 in the freezer and have eaten about the same number. We grew the variety Swift, an F1. Sown in plug trays 14 March in greenhouse on the propagator; planted out last week of April in a 5 by 5 block. The wind got two rows so we were left with a 3 by 5 block. We covered it with fleece a two or three nights in May when the forecast was still and clear. Read more →

Aubergines are filling out

The aubergines that were sown back in Feburary now have fruit that looks quite convincing. They are in 30cm pots and were stopped at 30cm high. They stand in a sand tray that is kept moist-to-wet and which has 60W heating cable. The thermostat sensor is poked in one of the aubergine pots and is set to 19C. Each of the aubergine plants has at least one fruit now Read more →

Starting to get lots of male flowers on Galia melons

The melons are starting to get lots of staminate (male) flowers but no sign of any pistillate (female) ones yet. Still, it’s only early June and I understand this imbalance is usual at this stage. The Cantaloupes, which have been behind all along only have a few, but the Galias have quite a number. Both sorts are growing stronly so I expect to see female flowers soon, at least on the Galias. Read more →

Greenhouse update

Greenhouse seems to be going well. Tomatoes, melons, aubergines, and stawberries all thriving. There is no space heating in the greenhouse, only a 120 W ground heat cable in the bed (tomatoes and melons) and a 60 W cable in the bench sand tray (aubergines and chillis). Heating is controlled by a small computer. Although thermostats are cheap enough singly, the cost mounts if you want more than one, and I had a computer spare. Read more →

We have a greenhouse

Our neighbours kindly gave us a greenhouse. It’s a very old Crittle one about 2500 by 1500 but still very serviceable Trying tomatoes and melons. MelonCam Picture is updated every 60 minutes or so. It may be dark if viewed at night. Read more →