|On the menu this year: season extenders|
We're still doing well with vegetable variety at this time of year, but at these latitudes April and May are often 'lean' months in the homegrown produce department. However, our vegetable supplies are getting more plentiful and varied each year, thanks to the following:
- Sowing late and overwintering
- Starting early with quick-growing crops and planting out into the polytunnel
- Growing more and different varieties of crops that will happily stand outside over winter
- Growing more of crops that store well
- Growing perennial vegetables
|Broad beans sown in late October|
|Fresh salad - a real boon in winter|
As for other veg that could be overwintered, such as beetroot and peas, it seems a bit of a waste of seeds. The plants that survive cold conditions and slug attack only have a marginal start over the ones sown at the beginning of February. There is just too little daylight over the winter for the seedlings to grow much. So a better bet seems to get started early.
Early quick-growing crops
|Golden pak choi|
More winter crop variety
|More garlic stores needed|
PerennialsOne of the many great things about perennial veg is that they just get going by themselves and if the weather is mild, they start early. We're already eating Egyptian onions now and the first rhubarb of the season is not far off.
Right, time to get sowing some early crops!