Today has been a really busy day in the garden. Spring is most definitely here and we are entering the busiest time of year for growing your own. There has been plenty of progress.
– Baby beetroots pricked out and in the polytunnel.
– First of the first early potatoes in the polytunnel are showing sprouts. Soon, when a few more appear, it will be time to earth them up.
– Carrots have germinated on a cooler windowsill and soon I will prick them out into the polytunnel bed. I do not seem to have much luck getting them to germinate in the ground.
– Radishes (a little nibbled) are growing in the polytunnel. Broad beans are also a little nibbled but still growing and the pak choi beneath them are coming along. The peas are growing, if slowly.
I have also done a little weeding in the polytunnel – there is still some to do (As you can see there is some grass between the radishes) but I like to do a little casual weeding as I go along as I know how out of hand things can get if you let things get on top of you. It is better to do little and often.
– I set the brassicas in the open polytunnel for their first day of hardening off. I hope to plant them out in a week or so if the weather is okay. I have not built the cold frame yet so this method will have to do for now. I will bring them back indoors this evening.
– Since I know from the allotment last year how destructive the pigeons can be for brassicas I also spent some time today banging together a very rough frame to put netting on to give the calabrese, cauliflowers and romanesquo some protection when I do plant them out.
– I then cleared a section dead material from a section of edge bed and started to clear a space to plant a few runner beans against the wall.
Finally, a little more planting indoors – some nasturtiums for use as companion plants and a few other bee attracting flowers.
I do hope that at least some of this hard work will give us a good yield!