We have had the most unusually dry warm weather; 3 weeks with no rain and in the last week day time temperatures have reached the mid 20’s. The garden and our surrounding forests have responded!
But of course, April is always a difficult month and this year is no exception, with some frost this morning and more forecast for this coming week. The danger, of course, is to newly emerging vegetables (like potatoes) and to grape vines and fruit blossom 😦
This week I planted the last of the potatoes, a row of Sarpo Mira, a red potato that is blight resistant. I always plant them as a backup in case we get blight, and they have proved to be a good all round cooking potato (though nothing like as good as a Maris Piper for roasting!) which keeps really well. We are still eating the Sarpo potatoes we harvested last year. So this year, 4 rows of potatoes: 1 Jeanette, 2 Maris Piper, 1 Sarpo
Planted out a row of pak choi Green Fortune, 2 each of cauliflower SnowBall, brocolli Calabrese, savoy cabbage and hearting cabbage. Craig made me more holder frames (not sure what to call them, but the frames made from reinforcing bar to hold the fleece/voile in place) so that I can cover the brassicas with fleece now, then with a very fine anti insect voile to protect them from flea beetles. No insecticide sprays used in my garden!
The grape on the trellis and pergola are all sprouting vigorously.
I will sow butternut, gem squash and cucumbers next week, but first need to get some of the seedlings that are crowding my windowsills outside!