March – sowing and growing

There are too many plants that can be started off indoors/outdoors in March to name! But here are a few to get you started…

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Carrots – Carrots – sown one trench outside under fleece

Spinach – Salad – Spinach – planted out ‘Turaco’ spinach sown last autumn in a cold frame with fleece and started off indoors ‘Barbados’ and ‘Emelia’, onto ‘Samish’ soon…

Lettuce- Salad – Lettuce – planted out lettuce sown last winter in the cold frame with the spinach and sown some seeds indoors

Radishes – Salad – Radish – sown outdoors under fleece between other crops

Celery – Celery – batch sown indoors

Celeriac – Celeriac – ”

Courgettes – Courgettes – sown indoors

Squashes – have yet to plant ‘Honey Bear’ and ‘Sunburst’

Quinoa – Quinoa – batch sown indoors

Chickpeas – Sown indoors, first time trying them this year!

Broad beans – Broad Beans – ready to plant out under fleece

Peas – started off indoors but can be sown directly now – post hopefully coming soon…

Okra – Okra – couple damped off so planted some more indoors

Rocket – Salad – Rocket – sown indoors, not doing so well…

Watercress – sown indoors

Herbs – sown the parsley and coriander so far

Fenugreek – damped off, need to sow some more indoors

Cucumbers – Cucumbers – sown indoors, doing best at moment, please stay that way!

Tomatoes – germinated very well indoors

Potatoes – time to think about planting them outdoors under a lot of earth and some cover

Turnips – just sown some

Purple Sprouting Broccoli – just sown some (as well as some more Calabrese Broccoli) indoors AND just harvested first batch of last year’s crop the other night to have with some of the last dug up potatoes from last season with baked beans, cheese and frozen homegrown runner beans – yum!

Leeks – Leeks – indoors

Spring Onions – indoors

Beetroot – indoors, on my list

Cabbages – Cabbages – ‘Red Rodeo’, ‘Advantage’, ‘Caserta’ – sown indoors

Brussels Sprouts and Brukale – Brussels Sprouts – quickly sow before it gets too late

Kale – The last of the Kale

Sweet Corn – on my list but I know from experience that I can still get away with sowing it in May, indoors

Rhubarb – Rhubarb – time to feed and start forcing

Fruit Trees/Bushes – time to feed!

There are bound to be plenty more veggies to sow/plant out as we plough on through the first month of spring. Temperatures are finally warming up but hang onto some fleece – the fruit trees might be lured into a false spring, deadly for blossom and fruit production… Make sure anything you sow outside/ plant out is wrapped up under cover, nice and snuggly. It will be a shock to the system if they are exposed to Britain’s ‘spring time’ too early!

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FLOWERS TO SOW INDOORS:

French Marigolds

Cosmos

Viola

Lavender

Geraniums

Calendulas

Lupins

Sweet Peas – they are ready to plant out under cover

There are BILLIONS more… 

 

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Update: 28th July 2016

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Echinacea 

Made it back from our holiday abroad earlier this week. The one year we go abroad for a week and England decides to have a mini-heat wave, of coarse.

I am pleased to inform that the garden and animals all survived.

Before we left I was tearing my hair out over the sudden confirmation that our potatoes had blight but I came back to find some greenery still there, they were not all a sad bunch of brown twigs.

We have come back to the end of the first raspberry harvest, strawberries and most of the blackcurrants are gone too but there are still plenty to pick – too much to pick! Blueberries are taking off, jostaberries are still there, reducurrants, plums are getting juicy, I just picked the last of the morello cherries, we had a supper full of homegrown veg last night – potatoes, courgettes, runner beans, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, kale, onion, garlic, parsley, chives, tomatoes. The only things not homegrown were the butter, cheese and cream – and the cookies for pudding but I did make those at least and served them with the last few strawberries and blackberries growing in our greenhouse.

I also tried some of my watercress (it finally grew after all this time) the other day and I was pleased to say, it tasted of watercress – result!

Lots to do, I’ve started weeding and feeding old beds that are finished to plant my last glut of certain seeds before the end of July. I got in radishes, parsley, coriander, spring onions and the last carrot sowings yesterday. I am tackling spinach, rocket, lettuce and Alderman peas today.

I am currently writing a post on blackcurrants – it might be a little late but better late than never when it comes to blackcurrants.

Happy digging to all.

This is a photograph of the potatoes mum dug up yesterday. It is a whole bucketful – from ONE potato plant that was even blighted. I think it might be a second early variety. Fingers crossed the rest of the blighted ones do just as well…

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All from one blighted potato plant
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Lupin is flowering along with the white cosmos (background)
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Pretty pink sweet pea trailing up a blackcurrant bush