Updated: Apr 10
March in the Garden
The vernal equinox has been and gone and the clocks are about to change, but for me the harbingers of spring are the first plantings in the vegetable garden.
We now have a bed of little Broad Bean plants and another with Broad Beans seeds which must be about to pop. We also planted the first pea plants last week and they join the overwintered garlic and shallots to make a definite green dent in the brown beds.
The mulching is all but done now - which is a big hump to get over - and this means that all the beds are ready and waiting for plants. We’re aiming to start harvesting in the first week of June, so the greenhouses are filling up with seedlings ready to lend their weight to the cause. We’ve got tomatoes, peppers, chillies and aubergines still enjoying some bottom heat in propagators. In the greenhouse we have bigger tomato, chilli and pepper plants as well as various summer brassicas, herbs, celeriac, leeks, beetroot and more shallots. These are exciting times for a gardener and it feels like we’re on the crest of a wave that will break as soon as the weather warms by a few more degrees.
This week I also put up our climbing bean frames and having these big structural elements in the garden makes are real difference to the look of the space. We won’t be planting beans for ages, but it’s good to get the frames up while the soil is still moist so that its easier to get the poles wedged deep in the ground. I am quite pleased the way the frames have turned out – they’re sturdy enough for keen a gymnast to have a swing should they feel inclined, though I am not expecting any gymnasts in the vegetable garden.
We’ve had a great response to our call out for volunteers and we’re now quite busy on most days. We’ll be looking for re-enforcements in a few weeks when the weeds will try to take the upper hand and the harvests are near, so keep your eyes peeled for updates. If you’ve already volunteered this year, then thank you for giving us your time and I look forward to seeing you again very soon.
We’re still after 9cm and 3L pots for our Get Growing scheme, so have a rummage in your shed and see if you have any hidden away. You will find the pot size embossed on the bottom of the pot. The 9cm pots are the little ones that small bedding plants are often sold in. A 3L pot would normally hold a decent sized shrub or perennial. If you have any that you could donate, please drop them off at Hawkhurst any time.
Thank you to everyone for your continued support and I am looking forward to spending many happy hours with you in the garden this year.