Sowing & growing update

Spring is in full swing – and we are v busy at work – sowing, potting, planting, pruning etc etc etc…. This stage of Spring is what growers in Ireland call ‘the hungry gap’, which was a surprise to me at first- but of course, no matter how much sowing and minding you do when the growing season starts – you also have to have patience for the new season crops to mature… So, while we are starting to harvest the earliest salads and herbs, our produce list at the moment doesn’t reflect the range of produce that we hope to have from our garden by early summer.

At the moment, in trays/pots or the ground we have sown:

scallions, lettuce (various), rocket, coriander, parsley, dill, chervil, chives, anise, sage, thyme, oriental salads (mustard leaf, mizuna, pak choi), basil – these are all quick to mature and are either ready/nearly ready to harvest now. We will also have transplants of the salads and herbs to sell in pots for you to use as cut & come again crops.

tomatoes, chillies, peppers, courgettes, runner beans

broad beans, radishes, sugar peas, carrots, potatoes

spinach, beetroot, chard, artichoke (globe), aubergine, cabbage (various), calabrese (broccoli), celery, celeriac, kohl rabi, cauliflower, leeks, onions, garlic

In the fruit garden the rhubarb is coming on well, as are leaves on all the berry bushes and the fruit trees are all budding nicely.

There are others still to be sown (cucumber, sweetcorn, pumpkin, french beans, peas) – later in April, but, all in all, we think we are off to a good start for the season. Of course, we now have to keep up with each of these crops, but, so far so good!

I am filling you in all this to give you our plan for the season, and a sense of what we hope to have on offer as we get into early summer. Growing and eating seasonally, particularly in a cool climate such as ours means that each crop has it’s own time.

In the meantime, I guess we are all waiting a little – but maybe it makes each crop a little bit more special when it’s ready to harvest?

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