Words of Advice
My rhubarb has just taken off in the last few weeks. Warm days and bright sunshine have brought it on a treat. Just a few days of rain have really made it smile.
.... that and the extra bit of 'nitrogen feed' that comes down that end of the garden each morning!
The garden is starting to produce at last. This Purple Sprouting Broccoli made it through the Winter despite a covering of snow and a sustained pigeon attack in early Spring.
But the tomato seedlings are still tucked up in a heated propagator in the greenhouse at night. Despite some lovely warm, sunny days the nights have been well below zero.
A well known gardening proverb seems to be good advice, "Ne'er cast a clout till May be out" in other words, don't put your pieces of horticultural fleece back in the garden shed just yet because you may experience a late frost right up until the end of May.
If you don't take this advice, then you may suffer a few losses as I have here. The tomato plants nearest the greenhouse door caught a frost a few nights ago while I was tucked up inside with my hot water bottle!
The canny Scots know a thing or two about hardy plants. These pot leeks 'Cairngorm' are coming along nicely. I've potted them on and they are just spending a few more nights uncovered in the greenhouse to find their feet. They should be fine to be hardened off soon. I have not grown pot leeks before. These are a shorter length with a very wide shaft, compared to the blanch leeks which have much more length but not so much girth. Matron is of the firm opinion that it is what you do with them that counts....ooooh Matron!