Well into May, and lots to do. The patches needed weeding, and a lot of sowing and transplanting to do. Mind you, it’s not just weeds growing, the crops are coming on nicely:
The potatoes are looking great, the peas are growing steadily, and the tomatoes seem to have benefitted from their early season cloches and are well advanced.
Next step, planting more seeds. It is now perfect soil for direct sowing. We put in some parsnip, carrot and sweetcorn seeds, which should provide a late summer crop after the peas and beans have finished.
Another pleasant surprise each year is always how well the flowers do. This year we got our first peonies, and Eden’s rose is doing really well too:
All the Dahlias were lost in the frosts, so we have put some more in, along with some lilies for late summer perfume.
Lastly a bit of maintenance was needed. The tarragon looked as if it might bolt, so we trimmed it right back. Incomplete harvesting has led to a profusion of ‘volunteer’ potatoes (that’s what you call potatoes left in the ground from the previous year that sprout in unexpected places). These had to come out but left us with a handful of mini potatoes which will be an intriguing addition to a salad.