Such a glorious spring day. The plot is awash with spring flowers and the fruit bushes bursting into leaf. Already the first of the gooseberries can be seen. From now on we shall check them every week for the eggs of the gooseberry sawfly. The caterpillars of the sawfly can totally de-leaf a plant so preventative action is a good thing!
At this time of the year the planting and sowing doesn’t stop. Today we planted a row of second early potatoes, variety, Nicola; the first rows of beetroot and turnip and the first direct sowing of broad beans, variety, Imperial Longpod, and peas, Hurst Greenshaft and Twinkle. Twinkle is a short variety and not supposed to need supporting but on our windy site, some short supports will no doubt be a good idea. The peas are a great attraction for the rabbits and pigeons so we create a net cage to keep them safe. That always takes much longer than the actual sowing.
The plum trees were disappointing last year but there is a good show of blossom this year. Proof once again that it generally pays to be patient and give things another chance. Apples and plums can get into the way of biennial fruiting so they’ll be kept fed and watered and maybe we’ll reduce the crop to decrease the demands made on the plants by fruiting since they are on dwarfing rootstock.
The grass is now growing well and a start was made on tidying up the edges ready for the first cut of the season next week. And of course there is always weeding being done.
Jobs for next week
More potato planting – maincrop varieties
Prepare the ground for another two rows of carrots
Water the tubs and the saskatoon
Dig out the green alkanet