Heat wave = spending my life watering the vegetable garden. I swear it dries out a couple of seconds after watering…
But the blossoms are finally out, the broadbeans are growing nicely along with the radishes outside. The tomatoes and cucumbers need potting on. Oh and yeah, I put an axe in my foot so I’m slightly behind in my weeding this year…
Ah, happiness is … a whole pile of cow manure.
Couple of weekends ago, some lovely friends dropped off a whole tractor trailer of cow manure for the veg garden.
I’ve been panicking about how far behind I am this year with the veg patch as I couldn’t plant anything until I had finished uni for the year so I’ve only just started sowing seeds. But as soon as that pile of manure was dropped off, I just thought ‘yes, it is all ok, the garden will be fine’.
We live on VERY sandy soil and this cow manure is our secret ingredient for growing our crops.
To celebrate, we have planted out some trees this week – a crab apple, a cobnut, a nectarine, a peach, and we have the last two plums and gooseberry bushes left to sort out…
Indoors I’ve sown tomatoes that are starting to pop up, a couple of cucumbers, aubergines (eggplants), peppers, rocket and spinach. I’m hoping to move onto courgettes (zucchini) and chickpeas next…
Bring on spring!
You can still sow most of the vegetables I have mentioned in previous months (e.g. radishes, spinach, lettuce, courgettes, spring onions…) but here are some new ones that you have to wait until April for:
Runner-Beans – Firestorm, St George, Borlotti, Cobra, Wisley Magic, Desiree, Moonlight
French Beans – Monte Cristo, Cobra, Maxi, Dulcina, Speedy, Delinel
Squashes – Butternut squash (try Hawk), Honey Bear, Sunburst
Soya Beans – Elenor
Crystal Apple Cucumbers
Sweetcorn – Swift (These could have been started indoors last month, I still have yet to sow mine…)
Parsnips – Gladiator
Look at my other previous monthly posts for more ideas of what seeds to sow!