The first batches of veg have been in for four to six weeks now so I thought it would be time for a quick update. As it’s our first season of growing our own veg I wasn’t too sure how it would turn out as we don’t really know much about growing produce and we’ve just moved into the house so we don’t know much about the state of the soil in the garden either.
Thankfully the previous owners grew some of their own vegtebles so we were a confident that the soil would be ok, and they also left us three raised beds that we could use almost immedieltly. I’ve been quite surprised how things are getting on in our patio bed. Initially we planted Sugar Snap Peas, Spinach and Rocket. The Spinach was desimated within the first few weeks. Only a few seedlings survived, so I’ve planed out some more established seedlings that were grown indoors, so we’ll see how they progress.
The rocket has been growing really well. I went a little bit overboard when planting the seeds and have already thinned them out twice but it’s grown amazingly well and tastes superb!
We also have sugar snap peas. Initially we planed out four seedlings which we started indoors. Once they got going we planted a few more seeds about 4 weeks later which are just getting to the size where they need some support.
After hearing about others having issues, we thought we’d try out luck with carrots in one of the raised beds. So far they seem to be doing ok! We’ve planed salad onions on one side, and normal onions (from sets) on the other. So hopefully that will keep the carrot fly away. We’ve noticed some mice around our compost bin, and have heard stories of mice helping themselves to carrots, so we’ll have to wait until we take them up to see how well they’ve grown
We have one smaller bed at the end of the garden that we’re using to grow veg that doesn’t need such deep soil (as we’re not sure what’s underneath the bed). So we’re growing lettuce which is coming on pretty well.
And finally we dug out a small area of dead space between the shed and the compost bin, and planed our seed potatoes. We’ve gone for four types (first earlies, second earlies, main crop and salad potatoes). They’re coming on really well
We have a few more things that have been started indoors and are ready to be planted out soon, so let’s hope we’re not too late for what’s left!