Monthly Archives: May 2009

Sweetcorn MkII

So we sowed some sweetcorn seeds straight into the ground, in the location the seedlings had been before. This time each one was protected by a clear plastic paper cup – we’d used them to protect carrot seedlings in previous years.

And some general tidying and watering etc.

Total Fail

When I planted out the sweetcorn seedling last weekend, I rather foolishly didn’t bother protecting them. “No need”, I told my beloved when she suggested I really should put something over them. “Never had any problems with slugs or birds or anything going for sweetcorn.”

Obviously the birds were listening. When I went out into the garden this morning, every single one of our sweetcorn seedlings had been uprooted by some thing. I can’t even fairly blame my usual targets (the squirrels) because they don’t appear to have been dug up; just plucked out of the ground very …. bird like. Grrr.

Still, the seed packet says that May is the perfect month for outdoor sowing, so we’ll try that again – this time, with protection!

Sunday Efforts

Buy 3 60L bags of compost for £12 from Burston.

K:
Pull up last 4 spring onions, wash, chop and freeze.
Earth up early potato plants (plus the two errant plants from lost potatoes of previous years)

P:
Weed remaining greenhouse seedlings (Saturday).
Plant sweetcorn seedlings, outside.
Plant two courgette plants from K’s mum, outside.
Plant 3 tomato plants into grow bag, in greenhouse, and 3 into pots, in greenhouse for now but maybe to live outside later; plants from K’s mum.
Plant out aubergine into larger pot in greenhouse; from K’s mum .
Give the older “zuchetti” courgette, also from K’s mum, a cane to grow up.