Sunday, 7 February 2010

And It Begins...

This last week has seen the start of the gardening year - I got the onions and shallots in the ground undercover this week. They couldn't wait any longer, starting to germinate in the box. The potatoes are also out in the daylight, chitting in a tray until planting sometime in March. Today I finished the pruning of the fruit which I started in November - the currants and gooseberries, though not a lot of work was required following the summer pruning. After that I spread potash (home-made) on the ground under all the soft fruit, including the strawberries. You can see it in the photo above, which features the gooseberries and currants. By the way, according to the books the bushes above are planted way too close together, but they still produce tons of fruit each year anyway.

Then I manured the rhubarb - a good dollop of horse manure brings them on. You can just see the earliest sprouts in the top left corner; actually this plant had new growth in December and has survived being buried in the snow.

The purple sprouting broccoli suffered a bit in the snow, with the smallest plants being completely covered and so have lost leaves. The largest plants kept their heads just above the snow, and I expect that they will all grow on now so we can have the produce in April.

The garlic was very late in arriving from the seed company, I normally have it in by now, but it arrived last week and will be planted later this week, now the bed has been prepared for it.
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