Monday, June 4, 2018

French Beans and Butternut Squash

21st May 2018

I've planted out my French beans and butternut squash seedlings in the last couple of days. The beans have done pretty well, but the squash not so well. 5 out of 6 seeds germinated, but they've all gone downhill and now I only have 3 left. I'm not sure where I went wrong, but hopefully I'll still get a few fruits.


 

My kale and mangetout seeds have germinated, so I'll need to thin the kale and put in some support for the mangetout in the next few days.





I bought a few little gem lettuce and purple sprouting broccoli seedlings from the local gardening club sale in the village last weekend, so I've planted them out now too. I'm not sure about spacings for the broccoli, so I've put some in big pots (that will fit under my fruit cage for protection later on.





When visiting a National Trust garden last summer, I spotted a sign suggesting nasturtiums as companion sacrificial plants for cabbages etc. The idea is that caterpillars will eat those instead of your precious veggies. I've grown a few from seed and put them in the bed next to the kale/purple sprouting, so time will tell. I think I'll still net the leaves as well just in case.

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