When I read Kate’s ‘prompt’ for this week’s ‘Love Your Blog’ challenge my mind didn’t turn immediately to knitting (although I obviously *have* cast on something new this week 😉 ) nor did I linger on the tentative early days of this blog, as I am sure others will have… Nope, my thoughts zoomed straight outside to the garden!
It’s starting to turn green… shoots are appearing and the blossom is reminding us that there will be bounty to harvest come Autumn…
This is our second growing season in this house and last year, although we produced lots to eat, it was all about getting to know the conditions, the soil, the light and shade and sowing/planting on a wing and a prayer. This year, with the polytunnel established and the year of experience we’ve no excuses…
So, we’ve been chitting, sowing, planning, imagining… as all gardeners do at this time of year. This moment always feels like the beginning of something exciting!
The Broad Beans are looking good, they were sown in pots in the polytunnel back in March and will be ready to plant out into the walled garden very soon.
We’re simplifying the polytunnel planting after trying to cram every exotic pepper, tomato and cucumber known to man into it last year and we’re concentrating on producing lots of the varieties we eat lots of… stubby ridged cucumbers, cherry toms., salad leaves and tender herbs like coriander…
It’s also being used as a nursery for Brassicas (curly Kale, Cabolo Nero, purple sprouting broccoli etc.) which we’ve never successfully grown before. They’ve germinated, it’s a start!
Out in the walled vegetable garden a fair chunk of space is given over to potatoes. Then there will be runner beans, dwarf French beans and more lettuces. We grew lovely carrots last year – but not nearly enough of them – so we’ll be extending the carrot bed for sure! The raspberries are already shooting everywhere (they are thugs, raspberries, don’t be fooled by the delicate fruits!) and we’re hopeful that our strawberry harvest will be a good one after ruthlessly removing the flowers last year for the good of future crops!! We’ve also ‘forced’ some of our Rhurbarb using a large dustbin, the custard awaits 😉
So… beginnings… a new growing season, new shoots, lots of hard work… with great reward (we hope 😉 )
What are you beginning this Spring?