07 March 2013
Now that spring is nearly here I have been tuning my attention to my garden once again. It feels like it is starting to wake up, the snowdrops are in bloom, my primroses are just starting to flower and the daffodils are just starting to poke their way up through the soil. A visit to my poly tunnel provided me with a wonderful surprise a big bed of land cress which was not there two weeks ago!
I have decided to give biodynamic gardening a go this year. It is focusing my gardening and enabling me to fit it in to my weekly plans. In the last few months I have sowed garlic bulbs and they have all have shoots, I had got later and later with sowing my garlic and last year it was obviously too late as none of the bulbs sprouted shoots at all, and moved two fruit bushes and pruned them and the grape vine.
This last week I have pruned all the flowering plants, sowed some summer flowering bulbs and pruned all the leafy plants mostly in my herb bed. I also visited the garden centre and bought my seed potatoes, and have chitted the early variety, and many packets of seeds. I am hoping to grow lettuce, radish, salad onion, cucumber, onion which I am going to try from seeds this year, leek, dwarf bean, peas, courgette, purple sprouting broccoli, kale, cabbage, spinach, chard, carrot, beetroot and turnip. I have a number of salad leaves that self seed now such as wild rocket, corn salad and mizuna so I only sow these every three or four years or so.
During the next week I am going to sow onion, radish and salad onion on Friday or Saturday and lettuce on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. The onions will be sown in seed trays and others in to a bed in the polytunnel.
What have you or are you going to be doing in your garden?