Look what's happened this week! One of my beautiful crimson flowered broad beans
has started to flower. Again many thanks go to Celia at purple podded peas
who swapped some seeds in the post. I am looking forward to keeping this beautiful heritage variety alive by saving seed.
I read on a blog somewhere that the 18th April was a good day to plant seeds of the curcurbit (cucumber/squash) family. Something to do with a new moon according to bio-dynamic gardeners. Sorry chaps, I'll give it a try - but highly sceptial. Above are Black Forest
climbing courgette, Defender
courgette, Yellow Crookneck
squash, Bush Delicata
squash and Rouge vif d'Etamps
(last two courtesy of Paula at Petunia's Garden
). Swapping seed is such fun!
The night time temperatures here in London still go below freezing most nights at the moment. We have had a flippin' freezin April so far. Quite a change from last year when it went up into the 70's. Here are my tomato plants that have grown out of a propagator and have to sleep under a bed of fleece at night. How much longer??
Here are my early sown ultra-early Rocket
new potatoes sown in a compost bag a few weeks ago. Even they have to be covered with a fleece inside the greenhouse at night due to the frosts. All they need is some warmth and they will be off... like a rocket!