Bank holidays do upset routines, Monday night is when I write this post normally as it is the time when I have most free time. When I get out of step with routine it takes some time to pull things back together.
The warm weather of the last couple of weeks has given a massive boost to growth in all places, outside in the ground and inside the tunnel every thing has jumped in size. The potatoes which only came through some three weeks ago are now all through and earthed up. The strawberries are setting fruit on the old plants and the new plants are setting their second set of flowers.
In the tunnel the carrots are showing their necks and getting a good head of leaf, the peas and beans are setting pods and the beetroot are now the size of golf balls. The salad crops are nearly ready for picking and the grapes will very soon need thinning.
On top of all this the weeds!, as ever, are growing even faster and time must be spent keeping on top of them. The stepover apples and pears are setting fruit as is the plum tree.
I am slowly finishing digging in the manure on the plot and I have cleared the last of the purple sprouting broccoli and removed the frame, ready to reassemble for this years crops. The cold frames are full of pots hardening off ready to plant out and as soon as I take some out there are others to fill the frames up.
JOBS FOR THE WEEK
- Dig over the brassica area
- Plant out sweetcorn
- Erect frame for brassicas
- Plant out brassicas
- Fill comfrey bin
- Weed round compost bins
WORK DONE THIS WEEK
Sunday ( work today)
- Erect frame for old strawberries
- transplant seedlings into pots
- Take down frame and repair
- weed carrots and parsnips
- plant out lettuce
- Transplant into pots
- Sow rest of carrots in frame
- Clear weeds from old brassica area
- Prepare borders in tunnel 1
Friday and Saturday
- Away for two days, Watered for me
CROPS PICKED THIS WEEK
- Spring onions