chitting potatoes “Belle de Fontenay”
Its been a month of contrasts with heavy snow at times interspersed with warm sunny days, though at the moment its overcast and drizzling.
The good news is that the seed potatoes are now bought and chitting. “Belle de Fontenay” earlies an old french variety, and “Sarpo Mira” main crop. The latter are a new variety of blight resistant potatoes from Hungary
The next job will be sowing our broad beans “The Sutton” into old toilet rolls as shown in the videos by the 10 Minute Gardener.
Our daffodils and crocus plants are beginning to show through as is the wild garlic. In the orchard area new buds are showing on all our fruit bushes leading to thoughts of crumble to come! The strawberry bed obviously is in need of a bit of attention in the coming weeks.
A favourite time of the day is around nine o’clock as we do what watering is required and walk around the whole garden checking on progress. Today’s been very hot here, up to 27c so it’s nice to be out in the relative cool of the evening.
There are some squabbling jackdaws about tonight flying around the trees of the forest, but other than the buzzing of insects and some unidentified birdsong little other noise. A bee is encouragingly meandering around our flowering broad beans, which like most things this year are very late. The pipestrelle bats have returned and will soon be hoovering up what insects they can. It’s fascinating to watch them swoop and dive and hear the flurry of their wings.
The walk is also useful to help plan what needs doing in the future and other than some rain tomorrow we are set fair for high temperatures for the next few days, summer has finally arrived!
The snow has finally melted from the garden and we have restarted work on the raised beds. I’ve sown the first batch of broad beans in pots and will start them all off this way in batches every 2/3 weeks.
Also the weather has suddenly turned very mild here as the thermometer shows! Its never got much over 2c for a few weeks.
The warmer weather and the thaw has brought out the primroses. Next exterior planting will be the shallots, as soon as the raised bed is completed!