April is officially over and it’s been absolutely great, full of seed sowing, digging, potato planting and of course tulips! Now May is here and I expect it’s going to be just as busy and exciting as the previous month. The last frost date is usually around the middle of May here which means it will be all hands on deck to get things planted and about time too, the greenhouse and coldframe are at bursting point!
Everything up the allotments is starting to look alive and lush with buds and flowers appearing on the fruit bushes and broad beans. The garlic is thriving and new raspberries canes are shooting up left right and centre, I’m hoping for a large harvest this year so I can make some delicious jam. The delphimium is flowering, the last of the tulips are in bloom and the broad beans have flowers too.I sowed three rows of carrots on the 8th of April and they have started to come up, the potatoes have also started to poke through the soil and I managed to plant out some swiss chard too (last years swiss chard is still producing lots of yummy leaves!)
The fruit bushes are producing flowers too, the gooseberries even have some tiny fruits forming and I just can’t wait! Last year those pesky birds beat me to it so it’s my mission to get the fruit cage netted and ready as soon as possible. I need to make the wooden posts slightly taller so that I can walk into the cage, so that means getting my hands on some wood. The netting was ordered last year and it’s been waiting patiently to be attached to the cage, oh and I need to make a door too. The fruit cage however, is the priority right now, this will be the second year for most of the bushes and I’m hoping for a glut!
Everything is coming together nicely and the allotment is nearly already full! The last vegetables to go in will be the red cabbages, purple curly kale, climbing french beans, borlotto beans, courgettes, the gherkin, munchkin pumpkins, the crown prince pumpkin, the giant pumpkin and the globe artichoke. All of which are growing perfectly at home in the greenhouse under my very watchful eye!
I just can’t wait until the Summer months when the allotment is in full swing, everything is growing nicely and I can battle my way through the overgrown archway again 🙂