So this is rather a frustrating time for me as I am unable to do much in the veg garden due to an op in early May so I have had to rely on my husband to plant out and tend to the veg garden, I am pleased to report that he is doing a wonderful job but I am keeping my eye on him. I did have a disaster with my peas I sowed them very early in May and I can only assume that they were eaten either by the bloody pigeons or by Mr Mouse anyhow only 3 germinated, I decided to plant more peas in the greenhouse and they have all germinated so at least I know it wasn’t the seed!
The runner beans are also late in going out this year mostly because I only sowed them in the greenhouse last week but I know from past experience that they will catch up eventually so I am not panicking yet.
We did harvest the first of our new potatoes on Tuesday and they were absolutely delicious, it always amazes me how sweet home grown potatoes taste.
My courgettes were planted out last week and already have flowers so it won’t be too long before the first ones will be harvested.
The rhubarb that I planted in February has finally produced some lovely stems so I shall be picking these this weekend and will endeavour to make something lovely with them – think it’ll be too hot for crumble so a rhubarb fool might be the preferred choice.
This is a busy time of year for the veggie garden – lots going on but not so much to harvest yet but towards the end of the month the crops will begin to provide you with the fruits of your labour in the meantime here are some jobs you can be getting on with: –
Jobs in the Veg Patch
Pot on tomatoes and ensure that they are tied onto canes, remember to pinch out the side shoots too.
Ensure cucumbers have supports to climb up.
Watch out for Cabbage White eggs and caterpillars on Brassica’s – inspect the underside of leaves and squash any clusters of yellow eggs that you find – not a pleasant job but from my own experience it is easier to squash the eggs than to deal with a vegetable plot plagued with caterpillars!
Transplant Brussels sprouts and kale to their final growing positions.
Pinch out the tips of broad beans to help reduce the risk of blackfly.
Tie new raspberry canes to supporting wires.
Support peas with pea sticks or wire netting – we used old bamboo canes that we cut down earlier this year.
Watch out for mildew on Gooseberry bushes pick off any affected fruits and destroy.
Plant out sweetcorn but be sure to plant it out in blocks plant them approx 35-45cm apart in each direction.
Keep hoeing between rows but dig out perennial weeds such as dandelions and docks.
Earth up new potatoes.
Build climbing supports for runner beans and french climbing beans then plant out.
Seeds to Sow
New potatoes, Asparagus, Broad Beans, Beetroot, Cherries, Gooseberries, Strawberries and Rhubarb.