Finally, the year begins!

The day was empty, Suz was out to her regular ballet show, leaving Jay, Smiler and myself to while away some time. The sun was truly out, clear skies, no wind – perfect weather! We started out with sowing seeds -for greenhouse raising in the short term we sowed:

  • All the Year Round cauliflowers – 33 plugs
  • Coriander, 2 x 10″ pots (seeds saved from Smiler’s plants from last year)
  • Mammoth Leeks – 1 x 10″ pot

And propagators, to be sat on a windowsill inside, we sowed:

  • Shirley F1 tomatoes – 10 of those in a propagator
  • Improved Telegraph cucumbers – 12 in one propagator.

Then it was down the patch to sow a couple of raised beds with Lobjoit cos lettuce and Chantenay Red Core 2 carrots – last year the raised beds were free of carrot fly, so we’ll sow a couple of raised beds of these this year.

Tomorrow, if all goes well, it’ll be potatoes, onions, shallots and garlic that will go in. It’s a late start, but hopefully not too late!

April Update

By this time last year we have usually sown a fair but in the patch around the middle of March. This year absolutely nothing has gone in – the extreme cold has prevented us from doing anything outside – the grass isn’t growing, the ground is quite hard, and I have managed to dig only one veggie bed over. It is so cold we are still picking sprouts from the plants from last year and they taste great! The hedges and trees are still dormant, but at least the trees have had a good rest ready for this year’s fruit.

On the plus side we have a Light Sussex (Rosie) sat on a very small clutch. It seems like an age, over three weeks, but I candled one yesterday and it was solid, so hopefully something is going to happen very soon. We are stock-piling the eggs from our other Light Sussex (Daisy) ready for when she turns broody – but hopefully she’ll wait for more inclement weather before doing so.

The Pilgrim geese are laying like troopers, at least an egg a day from the two of them, sometimes two a day. We are very much egg-sufficient at the moment!

The jobs on the list are to sow tomato, sprout and cucumber seed as soon as possible – at least we can keep them indoors to start them off, with the stove burning away for warmth. Ridiculous!