|Conservatory full of seedlings|
|Spring is here!|
The third lot of sowing indoors this month is peas and mangetout. We're going to try pre-growing them in sections of plastic guttering this time and then hopefully sliding off the seedlings into position next to a brand-new pea trellis made from fence posts and chicken wire. Slightly apprehensive about the sliding off bit, but hoping it'll go smoothly.
|Planting Jerusalem artichokes|
|Blackcurrant cutting come to life|
While I've been sowing and potting up, Jim has been digging every day. The new area that we'd earmarked for our potatoes had to be temporarily abandoned since it was too wet to dig - maybe some of the cranberry cuttings can go into that! As always, it helps if you can stay flexible in this gardening game. Luckily we had another option: the newly de-brambled area next to the pond. The soil is beautiful there, though full of stones, and our potatoes will have a view! The first earlies (Dunluce) went in last weekend and the rest (Blue Danube, Sarpo Axona and Setanta) will follow in the first week in April.
|Domino watches the mass hatching|
|Building a new bridge and steps|
The hungry gap has started - we've run out of potatoes, neeps and celeriacs, among a whole lot of other things. But at least there are beautiful spring onions, two types of kale, chard and lots and lots of purple-sprouting broccoli. And the new season salad leaves are not far off.