Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Tomato flower competition

Every year my Mum and I have discussions about the state of the tomato plants in our respective countries. This year my tomatoes have done well, despite the cold start to the year! I planted 2 batches of tomato seeds. One lot was quite early and this lot were planted in the one of the plastic tunnels inside another mini tunnel (see a previous post) and I noticed the other day that the third truss of flowers has started to open! We have quite large tomatoes further down the plant, still green, but they are looking good. We beat you Mum!! And here's the proof..

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Cosy Tomatoes

I have planted the first of the tomatoes into the ground as they are flowering away and I would really like an early crop. I have made a tunnel within a tunnel but first I had to cut and peal back the black plastic which was on the ground and put 3 wheelbarrow loads of manure and compost onto the ground. It is 3 different shades as I took each load from a different pile!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Party mania!

The summer is here.....well sort of, and we have gone to 2 parties in the last 2 weeks!! But the people who know us and Värmland will know that it is never that easy for us to do anything, we always turn it into an adventure!!!!

Party number one was 20km north of Arvika, which is a long way from here when you only have a bicycle for transport, so we jumped on a train with our panniers full of camping gear at 7 in the morning and got off just south of Sunne. We first started cycling along the edge of a lake on a track not marked on our map, but we guessed there must be one there because there were a few summer houses scattered along its edge. It was very pretty, despite the threatening weather!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Plant update

The tunnels are warm, the greenhouse is warm, the ground is still a bit cold outside, but there are patches which are ok! The plants are growing like crazy in the warmth of the greenhouse and I thought that I'd show you how it is going.....

The greenhouse is almost full.... (there are another 7 trays in the house!!!)