Seeding & Planting

A late start in the small greenhouse. This year & last (2010/11) we have cut back on kitchen garden & cottage garden seed planting. Now, middle of June, its not too late to get a mass of late summer flowers, spring blooms and winter veg.

Caledula, nasturiums, Love in a mist, french marigolds and lupins for a late summer show as the day lilies & massed hardy geraniums (cranesbills) finish.

For next year, hollyhocks, lupins, variety of foxglove ‘apricot’,forget me nots, sweet williams and wallflowers.

Seeds for the autumn and winter kitchen garden being planted as seed….My favourite cabbage, savoy of a good reliable variety Ormskirk Late. Spring greens, planted on at 6” in space variety Greensleeves. Autumn and winter varieties of Purple sprouting broccoli..far better than the supermarket bought green style. A reliable late crop of swiss chard,far more reliable than temperamental home grown spinach,always keen to bolt after two days sunshine. A tray of sweet chinese cabbage will double as stir fry or salad from September on.

A tray each of basil and parsley will be welcome garnish come high summer…though didn’t we have that in May?

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