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Green House, Parsnips and Onions - 13 March 2011

The weather is definately on the up, today it is 15C so I have started to do a bit of gardening. Last year we had some strange weather in June/July, lots of fog to be exact. This caused my tomatoes and cucumbers to shrivel and die. So this year I have decided to protect myself from unseasonal weather by investing in a greenhouse.

When I say invest I mean more time than money, the toal cost was 12 Leva (6 Euros). Not a pane of glass in sight. The method used by neighbours has been copied much to their amusement. I have built what is basically a 'wendy' house with transparent plastic. These can be seen in many a garden throughout southern Bulgaria, they not only give protection to unseasonal weather, but also provide an early batch of salad crops.

My Green 'Wendy' House

So along with the planting of a few tomato and cucumber seeds that are in pots sitting on my windowsill, I have also put in this years parsnips. I have a bet with Mustafta (the plasterer) as to who can grow thew largest parsnip this year.

I also spotted a few of my neighbours planting onion sets so I copied them and have planted half of my onion sets (I might wait until April to plant the others - there may still be another snow storm).

Last year my chickens were eaten by a fox, so this year I have made alterations to my chicken coop (Fort Knox) and I am awaiting some chicks from a neighbour who has one hen that has gone broody on 14 eggs.

Speciality Crops - Most years I try to introduce something new and different to the village (first year King Edward Pots, second year Parsnips) so this year I bought back from my recent trip to the UK yellow cherry tomato seeds, as well as many a differnet type of flower seeds. So far there are 5 people now growing King Edwards, and about 10 planting a row of parsnips. I have also made an Asparagus bed, though I am not sure these will catch on!


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