No, not me -, this time (*wink*) - but the garden and countryside that I came back to after my holiday in England. When I left Normandy it wasn't that green but when I came back the change was so noticeable. Everywhere was looking so green and so gorgeous:
- Hedges and trees have sprung into leaf
- Wild flowers are everywhere and the bluebells in particular are fabulous this year
- Tiny tomato seedlings are now bursting out of their pots, demanding to be transplanted in the polytunnel beds
- Pumpkins, sweetcorn and runner beans have germinated I am now harvesting lettuces galore
- The rhubarb has grown HUGE - I'm going to be busy bottling and freezing this over the coming weeks
- The grass is almost long enough to let the pigs out into the fields - but whilst they are still inside, they are able to enjoy cut grass for their tea. The sheep are however very happy!
- Weeds! Weeds everywhere!
|Seedlings waited to be transplanted|
|Runner beans and sweetcorn|
|Lettuces ready to harvest|
|Green and gorgeous|
|Veg patch at Eco-Gites of Lenault - Aprils 30th 2015|
|Spring at Eco-Gites of Lenault|
All in all a great leap forward but it also means I have a huge amount of work to do. So I have drawn up a:
May Gardening To Do list:
- Keep mowing grass
- Keep on top of weeding
- Remove kale etc that has gone to seed
- Prepare areas I manured and covered in the autumn/winter
- Sow seeds - too many to list!
- Transplant seedlings (broccoli, cabbages, chard and beetroot are all ready to go)
- Plant remaining potatoes
- Keep picking rhubarb/purple sprouting broccoli
- Re-weed strawberry patch and infill gaps with new plants
- Remove dead jostaberry plant
- Place weed suppressing fabric around fruit bushes (oops this was is left over from my DECEMBER list)
- Weed herb bed
- Put up more bean poles
- Buy seedlings - aubergines, peppers, maybe just one cucumber (I am a failed cucumber grower but I don't want to be beaten) and possibly an, as yet unknown, plant that just takes my fancy!
- Keep weeding and watering
- Transplant tomatoes, peppers etc
- Harvest some young onions to free up space for the above
- Clear parsley that has gone to seed - feed to fussy goat
- Harvest and eat the last of the leeks
- Pot on seedlings
- Sow more seeds
- Harden off seedlings - courgettes etc ... but also remember we can have late frosts. We had one yesterday.
AND BREATHE!! It was lovely to be away but it doesn't half create a backlog of gardening work when I get back. I think I may be seeing rather of lot of this corner over the coming days and weeks:
Are you really busy in the garden now are you all under control and relaxing with a glass of your favourite tipple enjoying the fruits of your labours? I'll be off the Annie's How Does Your Garden Grow linky shortly to see what other gardeners have been up to. Why don't you click on the link below and have a look too?