I write this blog after a week of warm sunny weather, enabling much progress to be made on the allotment. I have planted another two rows of potatoes, swiss chard, more turnips and broad beans and beetroot.
I have also been busy hoeing and weeding around the fruit bushes and raspberry canes and tidying up and pruning out old decayed growth.
It has been difficult to hoe the earth to a fine tilth for small seed – the damp clay soil has dried hard in the sun. Luckily I have a small raised bed at home in the back garden which has a fine compost- based soil. So here I have sown carrots and radishes, with more to follow and of course some lettuce leaves.
All the plantings in the greenhouse are well established and will soon need potting on before planting out in June. These include my squashes and pumpkins, courgettes and cucumbers, as well as tomatoes. Apart from the tomatoes I plant these temporarily in rows in plastic troughs for taking down to the allotment, which saves on compost and effort.
Soon I will erect the cane supports for my runner bean bed in the back garden but the beans will not be planted out until end of May to prevent frost damage.
The plum blossom in the garden has all ‘set’ and the apple blossom is just coming out. Fingers crossed we don’t get a heavy frost in the next few days before it gets a chance to firm up.
Some rain is due over the next few days which is very welcome to assist seed germination both in the garden and on the allotment.
It’s been a lot of fun to be out of doors working with the sun on my back – there’s is nothing like a day spent working the land by hand tillage. The other evening I spent an hour hoeing before going over to the Queen’s Head in Newton for a pint of Adnams bitter. What could be better?