April Update

For various reasons (excuses) i havnt done an update on the blog for a few weeks so i thought i would give an update as to the progress (or not ) that has been made during April.

Most of my raised beds are prepared , only one still has leeks in from last year. Also and area that is not a raised bed has been dug over in prep for planting in May.

dug and prepared for planting

dug and prepared for planting

Planted out 2 rows of Onions , these were from sets and i started them off in the polytunnel before planting them out .

onion sets getting a head start

onion sets getting a head start

onions planted out

onions planted out

They all seem OK , i did cover them with a cloche for the first week , maybe that helped .
I bought some Cabbages, Sprouts , Sweetcorn and Carrots from our local Homebase mid April. kept them in the polytunnel but last week planted out the Cabbages and Sprouts , again covered for a while with the cloche.

plants in the polytunnel

plants in the polytunnel

cabbages under cloche

cabbages under cloche

more cabbages / sprouts

more cabbages / sprouts

I have started my 1st early potatoes , both in the ground and , first time for me, planting them in bags. The ones in the ground are just starting to show and the ones in the bags (6 bags) are growing really well. If the bag method is a success maybe the way forward for next year .

1st earlies potatoes in bags

1st earlies potatoes in bags

1st Earlies in the ground

1st Earlies in the ground

Also in the poltunnel i have strawberries coming along nicely and just starting to shoot through are courgettes and dwarf beans.

Courgettes and dwarf beans

Courgettes and dwarf beans

strawberries

strawberries

As well as all of this going on for the allotment my wife has been buying / sowing flowers ready for her hanging baskets . she has only bought a ‘few’ plants – so few in fact we now need a 1st floor extension on the potting shed !

potting shed full of flowers for hanging baskets

potting shed full of flowers for hanging baskets

potting shed full of flowers for hanging baskets

potting shed full of flowers for hanging baskets

Thats it for now, probably missed off some very important info , but i can always catch up later .
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