What’s going on in the greenhouse in May?

It’s all coming along nicely, so far!

Flowers

Marigolds – I have grown these from seed to use as companion plants to the tomatoes. They appear to keep the bugs away so I will carry on doing it.

Love in a Mist – I grew some purple ones last year and as they are annuals I have grown some more. They germinate easily and look nice at the front of the border

Rudbeckia – I decided to have a go at a really bright colourful variety but unfortunately not many have germinated.

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Alyssum

When we were in Spain, there were loads of these in the beachside board walk beds. I didn’t realise how lovely they smell, so I have sown some pink and white ones for the front of the pink/blue border.

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Cosmos – these always look good and last throughout the summer. These are pink to go in my pink/blue border.

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Herbs

Basil – we love basil so I grow a lot for the scent, the flowers and to use in pesto and salads.

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Coriander – i fins that coriander bolts quickly do i he decided to grow successively in trays and use it whilst it’s young  and small, like a micro herb.

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Fennel – I love seeing tall fennel in flower borders, so have decided to try and grow some for the flowers and for cooking.

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Parsely

Use parsley a fair bit so always try to grow some. It does also bolt if it gets dry but I will give it a go anyway.

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Vegetables

Lettuce

We are trying a bit of an experiment with lettuce. Our dentist is a very keen gardener and he grows them in the greenhouse rather than outside. That way they don’t get eaten by the birds or slugs. So far, it’s a success, we snip off the leaves we want as we want them. I will sow some more over the next few weeks so we have a succession.

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Tomatoes – this year I am growing Alicante, a tried and tested variety. They all germinated and I have potted some up but have lots left to either give away or plant outside.

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Aubergines – the 3 organic aubergine plants I bought, are looking really healthy. I really hope they perform. I have potted  them on a couple of times but they are not yet in their final pots.

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Sweet Peppers – the 3 organic plants I ordered arrived last week. I have potted them on to develop before putting them in their final post in the greenhouse.

Butternut Squash

We’ve grown these for the past couple of years. We don’t get a huge crop but the ones we do get are very sweet and buttery. All the seeds germinated and are growing well. We’ll wait until the plants are about 6 inches tall before we plant them outside in bags against a warm wall.

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