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Sowing peas and beans

In spite of the unseasonably cold weather we have been dodging the rain and working out in the veggie patch.  Last week I sowed peas into one half of one of our vegetable beds.  As peas are susceptible to being attacked by mice and rabbits, Neil made a mesh frame to sit on top of the raised bed to protect the emerging seedlings from being munched.

mesh frame to protect seedlings

In the next bed we dug in plenty of rotting horse manure to make a good compost for our beans.  We then put up our bean poles into 3 lines and I sowed runner beans and climbing french beans, 2 to each pole.  It was quite a sturdy structure by the time we had finished, as we do get the winds up here on the hill.

Bean canes

 We have already started picking our asparagus, just 4 spears so far, so not enough for a meal yet, but slowly slowly.  This is our first year that we have been able to harvest any aspargus, so I am quite excited about it.  The rhubarb is going great guns, and we are still eating purple sprouting broccoli.  I love eating straight from the garden, so fresh and so full of vitamins!!

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Seeding and planting in our Spring garden

 After the heatwave in March it has been cold this April with typical April showers and sunny spells.  So our gardening has had to be done dodging the showers.  Firstly we have 4 large areas that we have laid with lawn seed.  We bought a 25 kg bag of lawn seed off Ebay and mixed this with compost so that the seed had something to stick to and then sowed it by hand, all before it rained.

large area laid to lawn seed

You can see Tia, one of our cats, got in on the picture, and also you can see the border I created in the Autumn with daffodil bulbs and a stone edging, all stones taken out of the garden. Next it was time to get the potatoes in.  Our first earlies went in a few weeks ago and are already coming up.

First early potatoes already coming up

Our second earlies and maincrop had been left to chit and were now ready for planting. Here are the maincrop Anya potatoes that have chitted.

  Chitted Anya potatoes ready for plantingWe use newspaper as poor man’s weed suppressant sheet.  It keeps the weeds at bay for a while and then eventually disintigrates, so is quite handy to use. So then I got to planting out the potatoes.

planting out the potatoes

We also planted a bed of onion sets, and then under cloches I planted spinach, raddish, beetroot and salad leaves seeds.

You can also see the shrouds that are  round each of our garlic plants.  This is to protect them from the rabbits that ate the lot last year.  Elsewhere in the garden the purple sprouting broccoli is plentiful and we have been eating it with every other meal.

We ate the first of the seaon’s rhubarb on Tuesday this week.  I have 6 plants so can pull a couple of stems from each plant so not to weaken them by pulling too much from any one plant.

Healthy rhubarb plant April 2012

I made a lovely rhubarb crumble which went down well with our friend who was staying with us at the time. With the current cold temperatures and frequent showers it is not conducive to working much in the garden.  Oh well, there is always tomorrow!! visit us at www.lodgehousebandbsomerset.co.uk

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