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Mid-June review.

The garden is full of lif right now. It’s fantastic to see how much growth there has been in the last month. The weather has been almost ideal, with lots of bright sunny days and the occassional shower to keep things moist. The video gives a quick tour of the garden and it’s interesting to compare it with the overview taken in May. It’s geting difficult for the camerman to find a place to stand!



This week I see the leek  and spinach beet seeds I planted in seed trays in early May 2009_0609GrdnClarkes-cfinn0044are big enough to be planted out in the open ground.  The leeks will go with the onions, garlic and scallions in the allium family patch. The spinach beet will go beside the beetroot as they are both members of the same beet family. (Take a look at the back garden plan to get the picture.)

Last year I grew leek seeds in modules and planted out each module spaced about 6 inches (10 cm) apart. This year, my leeks are growing in a tray so I can do the traditional thing and prick them out in to holes poked in the soil and puddle them in without back filling the holes. We’ll see how they do this year compared to last year.

Planting out leaf beetThe spinach beet plants were sown late as I already had a crop (I thought) but in late April it quickly went to seed.  Perhaps I was a bit greedy expecting to get most of a second year out of it as it had given me dozens of delicious spinach dishes the previous year right through the winter and in the spring just gone. Also called ‘perpetual spinach’ I thought it might live up to its name. No problem, I now have the plants ready to plant for a new crop. The spinach beet was sown in modules so it is quite easy to plant out with a trowel and watering can, once the soil has been tilled, weeded and made even in readiness for the new arrivals.

Next week, I’ll be harvesting the early potatoes, variety ‘Colleen’ and planting out the courgette plants grown from seed earlier. Mr Burke’s class in Francis Street CBS National School, in the Liberties of Dublin,  were showing me and indeed cooking and tasting their harvest of ‘Colleen’ potatoes earlier today along with their beetroot. carrots, lettuce. cabbage, onions, scallions and raspberries, all grown on classroom windowsills. One of the students Patrick has brought in cauliflowers and peppers grown on the balcony of his high-rise flat. Wish I had had food growing as part of the curriculum when I was Patrick’s age. Patrick’s school are now planning to dig up a corner of the tarmac playground to create an outdoor school garden. Rath De ar an obair, a bhuachailli!