Good morning from a beautifully sunny Berkshire!
After the past week living fully up to the term ‘April Showers’ I am so happy to see that the weather forecast for the next week is to be sunny and most importantly…dry! It’s been difficult to get out in the garden as it seemed every time I planned to transplant something or sow some more exciting varieties for 2016, the sky darkened and the heavens opened!
April will be my busiest month of sowing seeds as being a bit limited on space I have to wait till the weather warms and it is possible to sow directly or into pots that can be kept outside. I do have two portable greenhouses which are fantastic, but not heated so starting seeds off is generally done indoors on a windowsill. So far I am pleased with my efforts, but am equally excited to really get stuck in and have greenhouses full to the brim with seedlings. So far I have sown Tomato ‘Flamingo’ a new variety I found this year from Chiltern Seeds and Broad Bean ‘Masterpiece Green Longpod’, I grew this last year but unfortunately lost my plants to black fly.
For anyone that knows me will know I love to plan and gardening is no exception to this. I love to spend time pouring over seed catalogues and drawing out where I would like to plant things for the year, work out colour schemes and logically plan flowers which will compliment each other and the space. I will be making two plans this year, one for the back garden and one for the allotment. The back garden will have a few herbs and a couple of vegetables but will mainly be focusing on cut flowers with a strong selection of annuals. I have already started to map this out;
My allotment plan is a little more difficult, I think because I want to grow so much this year I am struggling to think how the space will work best to grow a large amount of vegetables. The allotment will also include a few flowers to help entice helpful pollinators. I have also invested in two redcurrant bushes, which will be planted out this week. I’m being quite ambitious this year and have picked ten varieties of tomatoes I would like to try this year, yes ten! I will also be growing courgettes, dwarf french beans, broad beans, aubergines, peas, beetroot, peppers and a variety of salad leaves. This is the allotment as it stands at the moment, it’s safe to say I will be busy digging over the next week!
I am looking forward to documenting the allotment’s progress over the coming months and to share the transformation with you all. I hope you have enjoyed the read.