Personally, my time starts to transition from spending lots of time in the house cooking and preparing to being outside, preparing and growing. It’s still a reasonably quiet time of year for gardeners (not so much smallholders as chicks and lambs start arriving!). I start to notice that a coat, hat and scarf are too much when working outside, you can feel the sun on your clothes through the glass in the greenhouse, and if you are really lucky, when walking outside feeding the animals.
In March, the temperatures can vary dramatically, so don’t get caught out thinking there won’t be a frost, which we have done before. In fact, only last year were the fruit trees killed off when a very late May frost killed the blossom. I really hope that doesn’t happen this year. With that in mind, I still am still sowing seeds with a view to keeping them protected in various forms until they can move on to their final spot. I’m not just sowing the hardier seeds either, at the end of the day if we lose some, then we will have more to sow. It’s all trial and error every year.
At the moment we have stagger-sown the following since 14th February:
In the veg garden, which is different to the veg plot, we have our polytunnel that’s 4 years old now. Highly recommended if you’re looking for a cheaper one, this is 6x3m. Over the last few weeks it has taken a bashing from the various storms and is starting to need some TLC so we have made some adjustments to it. Where the zip is starting to come apart we have zipped it closed and adjusted the clips to be longer so we don’t have to keep undoing it beyond the zip. As you can tell, that was a Ste idea! Saved us time and money on costly repairs. Bonus.
Sowings over the next week or so will include tomatoes and peppers, more salad and turnips and second sowings of what’s already in. We are getting pigs in 3 months which we also are going to grow as much food for as we can, so marrows, turnips, swede, leafy greens and so on. It’s going to be a very busy growing season, so outside we go!! More pics to follow 🙂
Another bush that is coming on by the day is this cape gooseberry – literally growing by the day. It might even need to go in the ground this year and not next like I was planning.
Controversially I am growing tomatoes and potatoes in the same bed. Now this goes against some recommendations but on a website I use for a lot of research, it said to grow them together for a number of reasons, so I am trying it outside. I’ve taken up the second early potatoes which I am really pleased with and will definitely use next year (British Queen) and I’ve planted tomatoes (and peppers) in their place.
There is still one row of spuds to come up and the back section is sunflowers and more tomatoes with catch crop of spinach in there.