Life on the Weald - April 2018
The Easter weekend and bank holiday Monday are usually a time for gardening activity, but this year we went away for a family celebration to Sheffield. Having lost valuable days, it was my intention to spend some days on the plot on returning - but when we looked out of the window in Sheffield on Easter Monday, this is what we saw
|Sheffield, Easter Monday 2 April|
Hove escaped the snow but had days of heavy rain and when we returned the allotment was waterlogged so it was a few more days before it became workable.
There was a brief dry day on 5th April. The broad beans (Aquadulce) sown in November had survived and were looking healthy.
|Broad beans, Aquadulce 5 April|
|Kelvedon Wonder Peas sown 5 April|
The soil was very heavy but I managed to plant another row of second early Nicola potatoes
|2nd Early Nicola potatoes|
|Vivaldi and Charlotte early potatoes|
|Vivaldi, Charlotte and Nicola early potatoes|
It was not until 25 April that I managed to get to the plot again - but thankfully there had been some progress.
|November sown Aquadulce broad beans|
The broad beans sown in November were looking healthy and in flower. We can expect the first crop towards the end of May
|1st Early potatoes|
|January/February sown broad beans|
And the blueberries are also in flower. They are in pots in ericaceous compost as they are acid-loving plants and I gave them a liquid ericaceous feed. Once the fruit has set I will need to provide some cover to protect them from the birds which consumed the entire crop last year.
The weather appears to be improving and there is a lot of work to be done next month as we still need to clear some space for our runner beans, leeks courgettes, kale and broccoli which we will be planting out in May/June.
Hove, April 2018