With my gardening pr hat firmly on the back of my head, I have been extremely busy in my Staffordshire garden. Over the past few weeks I have put out more than 300 brassicas, beans, squash, courgette, aubergine, sweet peppers and tomato plants.
Having finished my wife did point out that, perhaps, it was rather over-kill as they will come at once. We shall have to wait and see. They have all been grown from seed, the vast majority bought from our client, Mr Fothergill. The exception was the Vanessa tomato seeds.
This is a brilliant variety recommended to me years ago by the Sun’s gardening editor, Peter Seabrook. They are absolutely delicious but, last year, I was unable to find any and discovered that they were no longer available.
I mentioned this to Thompson and Morgan’s Paul Hansord at the garden press event in February and, to my delight, he managed to find me a packet of 50 seeds. I carefully planted out just a dozen and had 100% success. They are now growing away briskly in my greenhouse.
Staffordshire is reputed to be England’s coldest county, being such a long way from the sea. It has certainly lived up to that reputation this year and we are having log fires every evening and still waking up to the odd grass frost. Happily all my plants are inside a vegetable cage which is then within a walled garden. This combination seems to protect the plants from the unseasonable cold.
I shall report back on the progress and, next time, tell you about the massively expensive mistake I have made on my fruit cage.