Its been a really cold miserable May where we are. Not many frosts, but not much of increase in temperature either. This week has had huge rain showers, interspersed with bright sunshine – but it’s still not warm!
My garden knows it’s not warm enough either. None of the seeds I’ve planted out directly in the soil have germinated at all – and it’s only this week that the good old weeds have started showing their annoying little heads!
But The New Zealand Yams – an alternative to potatoes that are blight resistant – you can eat raw or cooked are finally putting in an appearance.
I read a great book by James Wong – a UK/ Singaporean who has worked out what to grow best in the UK climate – and these little things get his thumbs up.
I went to a talk he did about growing your own, and the cost of potatoes compared to the supermarket etc. It was really good, and made me think a lot about what crops to plant. There’s no point growing carrots when you can get them from the shop 30p a kilo! He even signed the book for my husband who was intent of growing sprouts for his Christmas dinner! I think we got maybe 10 sprouts from 3 plants and the chooks had the green stalks!
The shallots (planted a little too late) are showing signs of life too, and I’ve just put in some Zinnia seeds next to them to see if I can get some colour too.
Tomatoes, peas, beans, and the huge leaves are my favourite “Trombochinos” Like a courgette if you pick early, if not it turns into a butternut squash colour and taste. We grew them last year too – the biggest one ending up about 1M in length. It made 4 different batches of soup! I’ll save a photo for a later post.
The seeds still in the house are the little tomatoes, cucumbers and the Cucamelons. I tried to grow them last year, and 2 sowings didn’t work. They got too leggy and them just shrivelled and died when I tried to get them used to outside. This years ones look a lot healthier (another crop from Mr Wong’s book)
The rhubarb has decided to flower, something I’ve never seen before.
I’ve got self seeded rocket that tastes delicious.
Flower wise, there still a few tulips hanging around, but finally some nice colour in the form of the Geums and Alliums.