There's no doubt about it, Spring is here. The clocks went forward yesterday and the days are getting longer. Plants on the allotment are feeling the change and the sap is rising.
I always start broad beans in modules to protect them from pests at the beginning. They are quite hardy so once they have germinated under cover they are happy to sit outside for a few weeks.
Chillis and tomatoes are a bit more tender so they are started in a heated propagator in the greenhouse. I am growing two very long chillis, Joe's Long
and Spaghetti chilli
I've been busy pricking out tomato seedlings into individual pots. Still under cover but gradually hardening off inside the greenhouse and outside on warm days only.
The Webbs Wonderful lettuce
are enjoying life too. They do well when the days are cool. I have them protected in this black dustbin.
I always leave a few broccoli plants to go over into flower. The bees just adore vegetable flowers so it is worth leaving some space for last years' veggies to go to seed. It is worth leaving some for the bees, have a look at the RHS Perfect for Pollinators
project. Bees love leek flowers too.