April allotment watering and germinating

Yes, we’re watering already! I can’t believe, given how wet it was in March, how dry it’s been in April.

At home, in the greenhouse, we have peppers (courtesy of Len who germinated the seed and gave us the seedlings) and tomatoes.

Things that have come good in the past couple of days on the allotment:

• the shallots have decided to sprout, after I’d given up on them entirely
• the first earlies are popping out of their earthy mounds like mad things (or possibly like zombie vegetables resurrecting themselves, a scary image I really wish I hadn’t thought of, but it’s too late now, it’s in my head!)
radishes – ready to harvest already!
Parsnips – germinating in their own good time, but appearing (very slowly) on either side of the radishes.

What’s not so great …

• the beetroot seedlings, which are looking a bit spindly to be honest
• the carrots – doing nothing at all, we really struggle to get carrot seed to germinate on 201.

And our purple-sprouting broccoli has started to flower – a bit sad, as it makes the plant bitter and tough and inedible, but it looks pretty!

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Monday, April 26, 2010


Anonymous allotments4you said...

the only thing showing through on my plot are some onions but I'm not worried...I haven't watered at all except in the greenhouse...i am still digging and although we've had no more than a light shower in weeks the ground is still very damp underneath...I'm not a big one for watering..If i see the farmers watering their crops then I know I need to water mine otherwise I let nature take it's course.

April 26, 2010 at 7:06 AM  
Blogger Jo said...

I couldn't get carrots to germinate last year either. I'll be giving them another go this year and hoping for the best.

April 27, 2010 at 5:32 AM  
Anonymous Damo said...

exciting now everything is coming on so well. I'm stuggling to keep up with the PSB harvest now it's started.

April 27, 2010 at 1:34 PM  

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