If you’ve been reading the blog lately, you’ll know that I’m keeping a grow-your-own photographic diary of my allotment this Summer. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while now; as well as being a fun way to follow my plants’ progress, it will really help me remember and build on the successes for next year.
Baby Bio® Outdoor Fruit & Vegetables is tailored to the needs of fruit and vegetable plants, giving you up to 35% more produce compared to using a standard fertiliser. It aims to support healthy, balanced growth, resulting in bigger crops. You can use it on all fruit, vegetables and herbs, so it’s great if, like me, you’re not sure which feed to use for which plant.
I started feeding my grow-your-own crops with Baby Bio® Outdoor Fruit & Vegetables a few weeks ago, when I planted out my tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, chillies and sweetcorn. It’s really easy to use; you just use the measuring cup lid to add 10ml per litre of water to your watering can, then water as normal. I feed my plants every two weeks, watering as needed in-between.
You can see how my plants looked at the start of my photographic diary here. Since then they’ve had plenty of nutrients from Baby Bio® Outdoor Fruit & Vegetables, plus lots of rain and warm weather, so they’ve all being growing like mad! Let’s take a look at how they’re doing after four weeks.
The sweet peppers have put on so much growth, and the first flowers are starting to appear.
The tomatoes are so big now, I almost fell through the greenhouse door leaning back to take a photo of them! Flowers are appearing all over them too.
My cucumber plant is threatening to take over the greenhouse, every time I visit the allotment there’s another big vine to tie-in. The flowers are unexpectedly pretty.
The sweetcorn is standing to attention and reaching for the sky.
As you can see, everything is thriving. There are lots of lush, green leaves, and we’re starting to see the beginnings of the crop on some plants too. I love this stage in the growing season; you can really start looking forward to all that fresh veg!
I’ve also been busy this month planting out the final few crops I’m growing this Summer. I’m watering all of these with Baby Bio® Outdoor Fruit & Vegetables too.
The runner beans have only been in the ground a couple of weeks and they’re already flowering.
I left my dwarf French beans in their pots a little too long before planting them out. They’re looking a bit starved, so they’ll definitely benefit from a good feed.
Last year I planted four courgette plants and we had the most enormous harvest, I was giving courgettes away for weeks! This year I’ve learned my lesson and am only growing two plants, which frees up a bit more room for the butternut squash plants.
I couldn’t resist planting a couple of extra tomato plants too, these are the cherry variety.
I’m really enjoying my photographic diary project. I’m loving the comparison at each stage, but there’s a really practical benefit too. At this time of year, when everything is growing fast and I’m struggling to keep on top of the weeds and general maintenance, I find it hard to keep track of what I do and when at the allotment. By keeping a visual diary, I’ve got an easy-access record of the growing season to inform my gardening next year.
I’ll be giving you an update on my allotment plants each month, so keep an eye out for the next update – we may even have some harvest by then 🙂
I’m using the other product in the Baby Bio Outdoor range, Baby Bio® Outdoor Flowers & Shrubs, to take the Big Boost Challenge in my garden this Summer; you can read more about it here and here. And look out for a giveaway to win the Baby Bio® Outdoor plant food range on the blog soon.
Will you be using Baby Bio® Outdoor on your grow-your-own crops this Summer?