It’s always good to move out of winter into March and the beginning of spring. The first flowers are appearing in the garden and the first seeds sowed.
Sowed this month into modules in the shed
- Tomato (Marmande, Sweet 100, Moneymaker)
- Broad beans (The Sutton)
- Peas (Provence)
- Sweet Peas
Directly into the ground
And we also have potatoes chitting (Belle de Fontenay, Sarpo Mira), these will be planted out in the second week of April.
Looking north over the fruit beds
wild garlic and geranium bed
rhubarb peeps through
egyptian “walking” onions
wood stacked for next winter
nero di toscano
Picked and ate the last of the kale over the weekend. It’s been providing us with tasty tender leaves all winter. It’s sad to see it go but the bed needs clearing and prepping for the shallots to go in this week or next.
The challenge this week was “orange” and I took the opportunity of a countryside walk to pick out suitable subjects. What soon becomes clear are the many shades of orange trending from the edges of yellow and blending into red. I had hoped that the local brickwork and tiles would offer some good shots and I was not disappointed , but orange can be found in many places, even sitting on a bridge!
VTT(mountain bike) trail sign
chitting potatoes “Belle de Fontenay”
Its been a month of contrasts with heavy snow at times interspersed with warm sunny days, though at the moment its overcast and drizzling.
The good news is that the seed potatoes are now bought and chitting. “Belle de Fontenay” earlies an old french variety, and “Sarpo Mira” main crop. The latter are a new variety of blight resistant potatoes from Hungary
The next job will be sowing our broad beans “The Sutton” into old toilet rolls as shown in the videos by the 10 Minute Gardener.
Our daffodils and crocus plants are beginning to show through as is the wild garlic. In the orchard area new buds are showing on all our fruit bushes leading to thoughts of crumble to come! The strawberry bed obviously is in need of a bit of attention in the coming weeks.