Weekly Kitchen Garden Blog - greenhouse bursting with plants

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Bumble Bee Hive 060515This week In Stephanie’s Kitchen Garden we will be continuing to plant out our young vegetables. On the 1st May, we had an overnight ground frost.  It’s late in the year for ground frosts in our part of the UK and the cold nights are really holding us up in our planting out.  Our greenhouse and cold frame are bursting with plants that we would normally have planted out by now.  The forecasters promise us warmer temperatures next week so hopefully we can get our crops into the ground.

Our carrot and beetroot seeds, sown outside a few weeks ago, have been very sow to germinate.  This may well be down to the cold nights, so we will be sowing these again and backing them up with trays sown in the greenhouse.

We will also be hanging our codling moths traps in our apple and pear trees, and our raspberry beetle traps in our fruit cage.  These will be monitored for signs of these pests so that we can take action promptly if we need to.  This is also an ideal time to put up the yellow sticky traps in the greenhouse.

This week we will be putting up our pea and bean frame ready for the runner bean plants that are growing in rootrainers in the greenhouse.  We like to grow our plants to a reasonable size before planting them out to give them a good start.

Amongst all the activity that takes place in the garden at this time of year, we will be taking time to sit in the warm sunshine (hopefully!) and watch the comings and goings of our new bees that have just taken up residence in our hive.   Such a relaxing pastime – but beware, hours can pass without you knowing!

Meet the Author: Jo Blackwell
Jo Blackwell

Jo Blackwell is our well-established Horticultural Advisor and the Kitchen Gardener in Stephanie's Victorian style Kitchen Garden. She caught the gardening bug when she bought her first home 21 years ago. Her first greenhouse soon followed and she later gained an allotment.

As well as tending the Harrod Horticultural Gardens, she enjoys maintaining her own vegetable plot at home. She has been a gardener for Harrod Horticultural for over 4 years now and has a wealth of experience in organic vegetable growing, ornamental gardening and in using all Harrod products.


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