April sowings

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April is here and its bright, warm and sunny. We have been sowing seeds most days, according to the relevant moon dates for the different seeds.

The flowers have all come from rather wonderful Ben at The Higgledy Garden, whose seeds gave us a fabulous display last summer.  We tried an autumn sowing and overwintering the seedlings to very little success. So we have sown a new batch this spring. (Bupleurem, Calendula, Corncockle, Cornflower, Feverfew, Foxglove, Hesperis, Nigella, Phacelia, Scabiosa, Sunflower.)

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These are all now in our new serre – courtesy of Lidl!

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We have finished constructing and filling the raised beds and have put some to use immediately for shallots and beetroot. Meanwhile in the shed we have pea, squash, courgette, kale and lettuce seedlings coming through. I’ve tried to learn from last years lettuce glut and have sown six modules every couple of weeks to spread the harvest out.

This Sunday is a moon planting date for potatoes so our early “Mona Lisa”s will be planted out. They are looking very healthy after chitting for a few weeks in the shed.

After the potatoes the next to be planted out will be the peas. Though we will have to keep a sharp eye on the weather for frost and fleece them over if any is forecast.

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