Friday, 29 March 2013

progress report

Progress report

It seems like we've had bitter east winds for months on end and then the recent snowfall has put paid to any thoughts of getting much done to the veg plot for a while. Late March is usually the start of things getting busy but I've done very little apart from aimless pottering and thumb twiddling. Because I don't dig I apply thick mulches in autumn the plot has only needed a rake over and a bit of light weeding to get it ready and waiting for this year's crops.

Some things are moving in the greenhouse, but slowly as there is just not enough warmth in there to encourage growth. Potatoes were growing away nicely but they seem to have stalled so I won't be getting a crop as early as previous years.
5 spuds in a fish box

Container peas and beans are through, as are the first tubs of carrots and beetroot but I have very little room left for seedling trays unless I can get stuff potted up or planted out.
broad beans

broccoli seedlings
Checking back through my gardening diaries I note that in some previous years I was putting my tomato plants out into the greenhouse in April. Not much chance of that this year as I haven't even potted up the poor little things yet.

I really feel sorry for those new to growing who started last year and suffered the terrible summer we had only to find midwinter conditions at Easter this year. Still, there are few things in life that are easy. I guess it's  in the human spirit not to admit defeat and to keep hoping that things will get better. Roll on flaming June!

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