Posted by: estherreeves | June 2, 2009

Sorting the Greenhouse

most of the rows of potatoes

most of the rows of potatoes

Things move on slowly. The potatoes are growing well, as you can see they are mostly growing on appropriate to when they were planted. Most of them look pretty similar now they are growing apart for Red Duke of York which is much more vigorous and has a certinaly redness to it’s stems etc. the other is Mayan Twiglight ( or Twilight as I’m pretty sure they had mis-spelled the label but I like it).

Mayan Twiglight

Mayan Twiglight

All but one of the plants have much more pointed, smaller more tomato looking leaves in quite a light green.

The other one.

The other one.

The last one is bigger, red stemmed and has big dark rounder green leaves.. much more like Red Duke of York, which is very strange, I would say I must have mixed up the seed potatoes but out of all of them Mayan Twiglight are the most distinctive being red and white splotchy long thin tubers.. we will have to wait till harvest.

Tomatoes, added a couple more since this photo

Tomatoes, added a couple more since this photo

I finally cleared out the greenhouse.

Most of the tomatoes have been planted up, well those that will fit in the greenhouse. have them in a mix of small IKEA blue bags, one of the IKEA planters, all with holes punched in the bottoms. Also some old compost bags rolled down and part filled. Finally i found a 7 foot long metal gridded trough in the scrap metal pile on site and decided it still had use. I lined it with opened out compost bags, again punctured for drainage, then filled with compost and it now has 8 tomatoes in it. The green bag has cucumbers in and there are various peppers that need potting up in bigger pots.

cucumbers in the green bag.

cucumbers in the green bag.

Tonight Tom hung up some old bamboo blinds as it is so hot in there we can’t keep anything on the staging as it burns so we can at least play with some shading now.

Nearly everything else is either in the harding off frame or behind it in a slightly shaded area as all the pots are drying out faster than I can water them. The frame is full of pumpkins and other squashes, corgettes, spare cucumbers, sweetcorn and so on.

Hardening off frame, a box pallet with fleece

Hardening off frame, a box pallet with fleece

We also have glode artichokes, leeks, kale, strawberies in pots, and finally various brassicas I got cheap at B&Q. I planted some of those around the edge of our eldests pumpkin bed, I will move them again before it takes over but hopefully the larger soil area should help them survive.

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