A splendid day meant the jackets came off and the temperature was positively warm by the time we left, though the cold has meant little signs of growth over the past week.
The new growing season started today as we planted the onions and shallots and netted them to prevent the birds pulling them out the ground. Ian’s fine and sturdy broad beans grown on in pots were planted out too.
David brought in a load of wood chips so the paths were all given a top coating and all looking spruce.
The Brussel sprouts and black kale are sprouting so they were cleared and that is the last bed ready for digging next week. The purple sprouting broccoli is still producing and we are still digging up the Jerusalem artichokes.
The Saskatoon was taken out of its pot and planted out now it has grown to a reasonable size. There are a lot of buds on it so we may have fruit this year.
We shall try to get the early potatoes in a little earlier than the Edinburgh Spring holiday which is the usual planting time for us, so part of the potato bed was covered with black plastic to warm up the soil. I’ll take out the soil thermometer next week and see how much of a difference there is.
This year the number of beds in the rotation is increasing to 7. In previous years it has been a problem finding space for all the winter vegetables on our cold site with plants such as kale, which needs a long growing season, being ready to go in but the current vegetable cropping not yet over.
So this year we shall give the winter vegetables a bed to themselves and see how that works. On the plot the beds will be holding potatoes, roots, legumes, brassicas, onions, winter vegetables. Others such as courgettes, sweet corn and, of course, the bed for the Japanese vegetables makes 8 vegetable beds in total.
Any area which will not have plants in it for a few weeks will be sown with green manure.
This Sunday is Open Day for the Bridgend Farmhouse project from 1pm-3pm if you wish to see the work done so far.
Jobs for next week
Wire up for the fruit
Dig the last bed
Fill up the tubs for exhibition vegetables
Tidy the ‘playpen’
See you next Thursday