Welcome to the third post in my photographic diary series. I’m keeping a grow-your-own photographic diary of my allotment this Summer, using Baby Bio® Outdoor Fruit & Vegetables to help my plants thrive and produce bigger crops.
Why keep a photographic diary of your plants? Well for starters, it’s been so interesting seeing just how fast my plants have grown; when you’re not documenting the growing season in any way, it’s really easy to forget those tiny little seedlings when you’re looking at a great big plant. It’s also a great reference for when I’m planning my allotment crops 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.
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.
I started feeding my grow-your-own crops with Baby Bio® Outdoor Fruit & Vegetables back in May, when I planted out my tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, chillies and sweetcorn. Last month I also planted out the last few Summer crops, adding in runner beans, dwarf french beans, courgettes and butternut squash.
You can see the first two instalments of my photographic diary here and here. It’s now been 8 weeks since I started the series; as with the last update, the last few weeks have been warm with a LOT of rain, which combined with the nutrients from Baby Bio® Outdoor Fruit & Vegetables is great for the plants! Let’s take a look at how everything’s doing.
I’m starting to see the beginnings of crops on lots of my plants, and these are just a couple of the many chilli peppers forming.
The runner beans have romped up to the top of their supports, it won’t be long before the first pods appear.
These are sweet peppers; they’re green at the moment, but baking in the sunshine will make them turn red.
The courgette harvest is already in full swing, and every time I visit the allotment there are more flowers appearing.
Remember those rather starved-looking dwarf french beans that I planted out last month? Well the Baby Bio® Outdoor Fruit & Vegetables has been working it’s magic on them, and they’re looking much happier now.
The sweetcorn flower heads are starting to appear, which means pollination will be underway soon and we can look forward to freshly-picked corn in a few weeks’ time.
I just can’t keep up with my cucumber plant, we’ve harvested twelve cucumbers in the last four weeks and they just keep on coming!
The butternut squash is a later crop so the plants are just getting going, but you can see that they’re starting to scramble across the ground.
I’m so pleased with my tomato plants this year; they’re all looking really healthy, with so many fruits developing I can tell it’s going to be a bumper harvest.
I’m still really enjoying my grow-your-own photographic diary, and this month I’ve found another, unexpected benefit to the project; it’s spurring me on to take care of my allotment. Family life is really hectic right now, and it’s all too easy to neglect the gardening. Having to take photos regularly is making me find time for my hobby, which in turn is helping me deal with being busy. And of course, making more effort will hopefully mean more lovely fruit and veg this year.
I’ll be showing you how my allotment plants are doing every month, so keep an eye out for the next update when I may well have disappeared under a glut of tomatoes!
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, here and here.
Are you using Baby Bio® Outdoor on your grow-your-own crops this Summer? Let me know how your plants are doing in the comments.