Now April is upon us, what are you all sowing this month?
I am still waiting for my pallet collars so I can make a few decent sized beds in my back garden and I have sourced a good supply of horse manure. The wild garlic I planted in December is doing well and I should think about planting my potted walking onions in the ground. Strawberries are starting to flower and I have a few carrot seeds in along with English marigolds, nasturtiums and a veg that is a cross between a sprout and a kale.
Tomato, cucumber and courgette seedlings are doing well and have been potted on. Got radish, lettuce and spring onions in the greenhouse and the early potatoes in tubs are well on the way. Onion sets are sending up green shoots and sowings of everything else will start in earnest this month. All is well in my veggie world....just so long as we don't get any hard frosts !
Late March / early April is the prime time for sowing, at least in my garden. I have Broad Beans (about 15" tall now), onions, beetroot, lettuce, carrots, parsnip, radishes etc. I have loads of chilli and tomato seedlings, which are being dutifully carried in/outside according to the temperatures. Potatoes (in containers as usual), are looking good, especially the ones protected under plastic. I'm trying to grow more flowers this year too, so I have been planting out some root-division cuttings I saved from last Autumn - Helenium, Rudbeckia, Echinacia and Verbena Bonariensis. It's All Systems Go!
If you've got a greenhouse then raised beds become essential. You've gotta have more control over the growing medium than just planting seeds straight in to the ground. So I am now doing a raised bed to catch all the sunlight from march to October.
I am very lucky with fruit in this garden. I've had a modest crop of strawbs which I wasn't expecting for a moment,raspberries soon, cherries from Vicky doing well, two trees which will be the pride of the garden before long apples, pears and plums. Plums still not fruiting yet; pears ageing somewhat but still very loyal. The apples produce about 50 gallons of cider and i am trying to decide whether to invest in an acacia barrel which improves the taste considerably. So I've got a cider house and some of the cider is mighty strong. Grapes are going to be good this year, so I might get another 2-3 gallons to lay down for the future.
I am no nursing about 20 grape vine seedlings, cabernet sauvignon, and as many semi-ripe Yew cuttings as will take root in the next couple of months. I planted 80 hard wood grape cuttings in March, when I returned from Arg, working on a vineyard, and so far 20 have taken. I may construct a post and wire system of vines in an area of about 12mX10m, which would make for a more worthwhile crop. (10 gallons instead of 3!!). The proper way of training the vines.
I have had the most satisfying sweetly perfumed spring time with all the new shrubs in the renovated garden, coming out in to flower, in the most sensational way. I have had masses of flowers rhodos, camelia, apple blossom, roses Weigela, aquilegia..... alyssum(?) everything has come good this year! Even the vast number of frogs in the old septic tank, are happy with their home.
Mainly mustard.Very pretty in spring, if you can tolerate it. Seeds are pesky difficult to get rid of.
Trevor Alun Davies said:
Tomato, chilli, pepper, lettuce, parsley, broad beans all coming along now. Dahlias and sunflower seedlings also sprouting up, along with last years dahlia tubers. In the ground the first lot of peas are through, but no sign of the potatoes yet. A word of warning re horse manure, it's good stuff, but just be aware it carries a lot more weed seeds than cow manure. I introduced some very interesting ( But unwanted ) new plants to my garden via horse manure.