Spring is here and once again it has taken me by surprise – so much to do all of a sudden. Having said that, this time of year I can’t spend enough time outside after the winter. So the pruning has been done and the onions sets are in …..and it stops there, I’m very late with the broad beans but I’m sure they will catch up when the sun comes out. I have gone overboard I think with the tomatoes again, I can’t help but try all the different new and heritage seeds and I really look forward to enjoying them on those hot summer days to come. Some of these are variteies that are only found at seed swaps such as Purple Cherokee a lovely juicy beef tomato and Clear Pink Early a large sweet variety.
With the warnings of a drought this year I am reconsidering some of the things I plant or how I plant them. I stopped planting annual flowers years ago as they take up too much water so, apart from sweet peas, which I can’t resist, the hardy perennials that have shown they can withstand dry summers are the ones to choose. I love runner bean and courgettes but they do love a lot of water so I’m preparing their beds with a load of water absorbent mulch, paper and feathers (my dad always put a couple of old pillows in the runner bean bed) and any thing else to help hold the water and hopefully reduce the watering later.
Meanwhile I am checking regularly for the asparagus to pop up …..