This is a busy time of the year in the garden. Though I have to be careful here about not planting anything out or sowing too early, before the last frosts, there is plenty going on. I have held off on some sowing and planting outdoors this week because some relatively late frosts are expected in the next few days. But I have sown more in the polytunnel. There is plenty growing in there, and we’re harvesting too – not huge amounts – but increasing variety as the weather warms.
This week I have been sowing:
- Successional sowings of lettuce and other leafy greens.
- More peas and pea shoots.
- Potatoes (First earlies and main crop in various locations.)
- Parsnips, early carrots and a few beetroot.
I have potted up some brassicas sown last month. And have cleared the decks for the next round of sowing indoors, which will be a number of things for summer, including beans, summer squash and courgettes.
Over the last week, I have harvested:
- Perpetual spinach and chards.
- Lettuces of various types.
- Kale and other greens which overwintered in the polytunnel.
- Chickweed, nettles and other edible weeds.
- Spring onions/ bunching onions.
- Purple sprouting broccoli.
- And some herbs, such as rosemary and bay.
I hope that many of you are also enjoying spending some time out in your own gardens, sowing or preparing for the rest of the gardening year that lies ahead.