Catching Up!

The strawberries are covered in blossom!

The strawberries are covered in blossom!

So it’s been a long time since I managed to keep this blog up-to-date, although I didn’t realise until now that I’d managed to miss an entire year!

Last year wasn’t a great year for growing, although we did manage to get our first butternut squashes (which were fabulous) and cape gooseberries – successes that we will hopefully repeat this year.

In the garden, for possibly the first time I have everything (moderately) weeded and planned. The greenhouse is full of tomatoes, aubergines, chillis, cape gooseberries and cucumbers – as well as some leeks sat in seed trays waiting to go over to the allowment. The strawberry and alpine strawberry patches are both in full bloom, and the raspberries are starting to shoot strongly.

The Bramling Cross hop is still only a few inches high, but I think it’s a naturally late starter. The other hops, grown from seed last year, are going crazy and the longest bines must be close to 10 feet long already!

On the allotment, potatoes and the first of the cabbages are in, and I’ve got more beds clear than I think every before. Leeks, parsnips, beans and squashes will be going in over the next couple of weeks, along with anything else that I (a) think of, and (b) have room to plant.

I’ll try to remember to take some pictures the next time I’m over there!

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