Friday April 16 2010

The last couple of weeks have been dry, sunny and cold at night.

Life in the greenhouses and polytunnels has been growing like the clappers.  Outside things are moving a little slower.  Under cloches  my lettuce and early cabbage are growing on fine.  Today though it is time to plant my main-crop potatoes which have been chitting well.  I also will be sowing lettuce for succession – I still have overwintered lettuce to finish in the next couple of weeks in a polytunnel, to be followed with Little gem under a cloche on the allotment.  I have some Lobjoits seedlings coming on well in the greenhouse and which I shall transplant next week.  I will sow more Little gem and also a red-leaved variety for cut and come use.

Parsley is slow to germinate but a row the width of a raised bed will provide me with the herb right through until this time next year.  So, time to sow Parsley too.

It is also time to clear any ground with old crops. So, my dead globe artichokes are coming out and also old cabbage stalks where I plan to sow beans later this month.

It may be sunny during the day but with cold nights the ground is still cool so any sowing of seeds will benefit from cloche protection.  And I also need to keep seed beds well watered because the wind dries the surface of teh soil very quickly.

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