It's April and things are getting busy in the vegetable patch. In previous years I have been thwarted by the weather in early April with cold northerly winds drying out the soil but leaving the temperature too low to sow anything. This year it is warmer, there is no wind and the soil is drying out to a nice workable tilth. As a result I have been seed sowing like a mad thing. Today for example spring onions, beetroot, chard, broad beans and carrots went in. With the favourable weather everything is also growing well. My mangetout and early broad beans are up as are toamotes and courgettes in the polytunnel. Out in the garden I snapped these pictures this week:
|New growth on a shallot|
|An explosion of pear blossom|
|We will have strawberries this summer|
|Dinner from our garden and smallholding|
And I have even found room for some gladioli and dahlias to be used later in the year as cutting flowers in the gite. A bargain too as they were on special offer in the garden centre - I do like a bargain!
How are things getting on in your garden this week? Are you primarily as veg or a flower gardener? Is the weather being kind to you? Please do let me know in a comment and I will do my best to reply to each and every one. For more garden inspiration you may want to hop on over to Annie at Mammasaurus and her "How Does Your Garden Grow" blog link where you can see what other gardeners have been up to this week.