On a scorching day, that felt like summer, I got stuck into the tedious job of pricking out seedlings…it feels like it takes forever so I keep reminding myself of the food to come. It is also time to start bringing the indoor seedlings/plantlets to the garden to begin the process of hardening off…..
Seed sowing continues……..today it’s all about the Loofah and the Achocha……plus a few back-ups for the squash I started indoors. I also put something out in the garden which always makes me think that summer will be just around the corner.
The direct sowing continues…..today it’s all about the beans, both climbing and bush varieties, with old favourites like Gigantes and some lovely new types to try……….and the chickpeas, one of my all time favourite vegetables to both grow and scoff.
At last, the time has come…..all the major bed preparation and structure building has been done…..so it’s time to start sowing. Today is the beginning of a week long seed sowing marathon and it feels great!
It’s time for the last big jobs to be done. Today I am making my vegetable cathedral for climbing squash and climbing beans. Going vertical frees up so much space for other crops so it is well worth my effort…..even on a rainy day.
So much to do, so little energy to do it with! A surprise parcel helps though……. With a predicted cold spell I get stuck into earthing up my spuds and protecting the new herbs…….dig a little more, move lots of heavy stuff and generally work until I need a beer……and what a beer it was!
Hurrah for the mad month of May. This is one of the busiest months in the garden for me……..the month when the majority of my seeding happens, plants go into the ground, structures go up……this is the month when the garden really gets set up for the rest of the year. Here’s how it’s looking at the start of the madness.
It’s a wonderful moment each year when the first plants go into the ground! Today I’m planting and sowing peas……which means the first sticks or poles are also going into the ground. Hurrah! I also check to see how my experiment is going with the plank topped carrot bed……
A little one off video as part of a larger collaboration to celebrate the RHS National Gardening Week 2019. In which I chat about all things ‘grow-your-own’.
Today as I sit down to reflect on the last month I realise it’s actually a bit bigger than just the last month……I’ve been at this lark, this living without a wage thing for a full two years now……I could never have predicted this! It has been a time full of joy and some moments of doubt and fear…..it has been the biggest challenge of my life…..yet also, in some ways, the easiest thing ever……and now I start to look forward and imagine the next few years…..