Hello again. It’s been a busy few days for most kitchen gardeners, and there was no exception to the May rule here either. All sorts of stuff has been going on to get the garden ready to give us loads of lovely food.
The sprouting broccoli finally started to sprout, and about time too because I’ll be needing that space soon for tomatoes, cucumbers and squashes. All the tomatoes and the mini pumpkins have been hardened off now, having had a good two and a half weeks of being outside during the day and indoors at night. I’ve even taken the risk of planting out a few of the toms in pots, along with some lettuce and basil seedlings.
The strawberries have been replanted now, after builders broke the original container and the cat started climbing into it and using it as a scratching post. The plants seem to be alive, but I’m thinking a crop of fruit this year is unlikely now. Although, well, I have said that before quite a few times and been proved wrong, so here’s hoping…
Meanwhile, the weeds are sprouting. Every few days a new crop of them rear their naughty little heads, so I’ve been knocking them down or digging them out while they’re still spindly. The longer you leave them, the harder they are to get rid of, so strangely it’s the lazy option.
There’s also been some earthing up of Jerusalem artichokes, and thinning out of seedlings (carrot, radish, lettuce and turnip), plus some potting on of marigolds to use as companion plants.
Slightly behind on some of my sowing, but have recently done choi sum, mizuna, green mustard, french beans, runner beans, parsnip, chard, chives, coriander, leaf celery and salad burnet. I’ve even managed to get in some successive sowings of peas, carrots, beetroot, lettuce, spring onion and radish.
I’ve also just started to harden off the cucumbers, courgettes, summer squash, peppers, and climbing borlotti beans – and work out a planting plan to make sure there’s room for everything on the tiny plot.
There’s a whole lot of planting out still to do, but I’m sure I’ll get around to it when I have a moment.
How’s your garden growing this week?