On Saturday (before the storms of Sunday) I spent a good hour in the garden, the boys were a bit stir crazy and the weather was good so we went outdoors for a run around. It always surprises me how much you can get done in a small time, really the veg patch was a bit of a mess and in just an hour I cleared a lot away, dug out quite a few weeds, cleared all the pots and apple crate planters, in general made a mess quite presentable.
So I sowed seeds for:
Corn Salad ‘Verte De Cambrai‘
Sorrel French ‘Rumex Actosa‘
Lettuce ‘Reine De Glace‘
In four of the apple crates, the last still has Mizuna/Mibuna (as above) that has survived all winter, not sure how it will taste, we’ll try some soon. Really it’s a bit early to be sowing these but we are due rain and warm-ish weather so I’ll give it a go and I can always cloche them if I need to. I used to plant nice neat rows of lettuce, in contrasting colours (it looked very pretty) but I just chucked the seeds all over the place this time, one type per crate.
In the pots, I cleared through one containing Parcel, again that has been on the go all winter, I thinned it cut it back and added a lot of new soil so we’ll see if it flourishes again. The only other pot to survive is Thyme ‘Old English‘. I now have a few cleaned and ready pots for planting further herbs when it gets a bit warmer.
In the raised beds I started planting up Bed 3 which is normally used for flowers, I have decided to rotate it to veg this year. So far it has 2 x Kale that have survived the winter but have never really taken off, if the slugs don’t get them they might still grow. I have also planted out 3 rows of Shallots (‘Longer’) as per last years instructions and finally a row of Parsnip (‘Gladiator’) seeds, these are on their third year and as parsnip seeds don’t keep in theory wont germinate but they did last year so we’ll wait and see. The dotted lines are spring bulbs planted very deep from when this bed contained flowers so I’m limited to what I can put there, although I may plant some Lettuce or Radish between.
Inside the house all the seeds planted back in the last post have germinated. I was extremely surprised to see the Cucumber seeds poking through in less than a week! After last years pathetic attempts is seems the trick is to keep them nice and warm under a radiator. They are getting a big leggy so will need to planted up soon into bigger pots with most of the stems buried to root more firmly.
Finally, the blooming birds pretty much destroyed my glorious Red Sprouting Broccoli, I have been growing 6 plants in Bed 1 since last year and they were doing really well, I was rather looking forward to weeks of florets but went out one day to find them pecked to pieces. I have thrown a net over and hope to still get some florets to eat, I swear, I nearly cried! Also, the Broad Beans ‘Super Aquadulche‘ didn’t appreciate the harsh weather we’ve been having and gave up, I have cut the stems back to the bottom (as they might sprout back) but today I pushed some new beans into the soil in the hope there will be enough goodness for them to grow.