It’s Garden Share Collective time…and a cold, chilly start to May. There’s a frost forecast for this weekend, in fact. Luckily, we’re behind (as usual), and haven’t planted the potatoes out yet, so they are still safe ‘chitting’ in their egg-boxes on top of a cupboard. In the spirit of the Garden Share, we’re asked to give a little update on what we’re harvesting now, what we’re planting, and what jobs need doing for the month.
Harvesting now: Still not too much, but we do have the very last bits of spinach and chard (both growing like crazy as they run to seed), masses of rhubarb, and plenty of herbs.
I’ve planted out sweet peas and the first row of mangetout. The pea sticks (bits of apple tree we pruned earlier in the year) are there for the mangetout to climb up – and to help deter the pigeons. The plastic bottles make great, free protectors for young plants – they keep off the pigeons and the blackbirds.
The seedlings I haven’t made protectors for yet have all been pecked or gnawed by something…Still, today my little boy made me this great scare-crow (scare-bottle?) – filled with water to weight it down.
I have spinach, lettuce, pak choi, basil, coriander and fennel seedlings in modules, just waiting to get a little bigger. I find it much easier to grow veg plants to a decent size in modules before planting them out – they seem to cope with the attentions of the slugs and the birds much better that way.
I have one little perennial polyculture patch that’s coming along nicely – a salad burnet in the middle, with some alpine strawberries and calendula around it. The calendula were planted last year and have just kept going – they’re flowering already.
I’m not harvesting much from this little patch – a few bits of cucumber-tasting salad burnet leaves and some calendula (just for “the pretty”). But that’s not bad considering that I haven’t touched this patch at all since last summer. It’s just there, doing it’s thing. Feels way easier than all the sowing, transplanting and planting out going on with the annual veg.
The tulips I planted many weeks late are just starting to flower – a good reminder that, even if things don’t get planted at just the right times, its often still worth a go.
And it looks like it might just be a good year for apples….fingers crossed.
Jobs to do in May: I have many more seeds to sow – courgettes, sweetcorn, pumpkins and squash can go into modules now. If I sow them much earlier, they get all sad and leggy before the weather is warm enough to plant them out.
So what’s new with you? I hope all is well in everyone’s gardens – and if you a mo, do have a look at some of the Garden Share blogs. It’s fascinating to see what’s growing around the world.