Busy, busy, busy
It’s my favourite time of the year. Well nearly. To be honest I like May the best, but this is my favourite time in the garden. There’s so much to do but I can already see it all coming together. The vegetable garden has been my main priority as I want to sow/plant as much as possible in the space that I have.
We had a frost last night but, in theory, it should be the last one according to every forecast I’ve read. The butter beans were up to the roof in the greenhouse so I’ve planted them out. Also planted today were the New Zealand spinach and I’ve sown some black Spanish round radishes. I have an abundance of tomatoes so i’ve taken a risk and planted out a couple of black Crimea tomatoes along with some Gardener’s Delight, Sulpice, Buffalo and Cherry tomatoes. I have more if the forecast is too optimistic.
A couple of weeks ago a swathe of neighbouring cherry trees was bulldozed to the ground. This morning I hopped over the fence and cut lots of poles ready for more beans and I liberated three very young self-sown cherry trees. Two have been planted in the potager and one has gone into the orchard. I have no idea if they will survive, but I’ll give them my best shot.
This year I tried sowing turnips both singly and several in the same module. I’m amazed at the difference. I’d say they definitely prefer to be sown together. The size and quality of the multi-sown plants is far superior, even though they were sown and then planted at the same time. Look.
Today I listened to Milkman by Anna Burns. It won the 2018 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, the first time a Northern Irish writer has been awarded the prize. Thoughtful, insightful book.