The month began with rain and slush as the snow thawed but by the end there was sunshine, followed by more rain – it is April! Spring has finally arrived and everything is bursting into life.
Potatoes that were chitted last month have gone into the ground - I always try to get them in on Easter Sunday – a family tradition, but the snow was so late this year that the ground was too cold –or I was too cold, it was definitely one of those reasons. I don’t plant lots of potatoes as they take up a lot of space and we have so many great growers in the area, but I do love growing early salad varieties – Rocket, Charlotte and Anya. They’re also great for improving the soil and breaking in new ground so that’s what I’m putting them to work to do. And as for why we plant them on Easter Sunday, nothing to do with the moon or the ground temperature - my grandparents were fish merchants so it was their first day off after a busy delivery time!
Broad beans have also been planted out, along with Oriental salads and mustard greens. The Garlic bed I planted in November is showing signs of life along with the spring onion sets – its just a daily job replanting them after the blackbirds have pulled them out.
Sowing this month – Speckled Roman Tomatoes, Black Russian Tomatoes, Rainbow chard, Ruby Chard, Fennel, Blood Red Wallflowers, Tonda Panna Squash.
The first of the pots have tulips have opened in the courtyard garden. I underplanted with wall flowers last year and they’re looking promising. The thing about gardening though is that you’re never content and Im already thinking about next years colours - plant more purple, more orange, more wallflowers, more Sweet Williams – it never ends.