THE VEGETABLE GARDEN IN MAY
Yesterday we celebrated the 75th Anniversary of VE day today. We decorated our house and the hedges with bunting and the whole village did likewise.
This week's post is focused on the Vegetable garden,. It seems fitting since my Grandpa, who was a Second World Veteran, was also a keen vegetable grower and bee keeper. I should, at this point, have an anecdote about how I was introduced to the love of gardening by following my Grandpa around his allotment and sowing some Sunflower or radish seeds. However, I don't think I showed much (any?) interest in gardening as a child. I'm making up for lost time.
The path in the vegetable garden is lined with chives because I love the little purple pompom flowers. Chives are nice in a tomato salad too, of course, but there are more here than I'd ever need for that. Although they look very pretty the downside is that they seed into the pebble path and are a real pain to weed out.
Leaving the vegetable garden for a moment , these alliums are flowering in the Rose garden. Usually they are hidden behind the emerging Roses, but not this year.
Remember the 'pets' graveyard'? The first early potatoes are coming through, and have been earthed up.
3 Broad Beans
These have put on lots of growth and are flowering. I sowed two batches. The earlier plants are nearer the camera.
4. Mixed leaves
These were sown in plugs and planted out last weekend. The ones which were direct sown at the same time failed to germinate. It seems that this clay soil dries out too quickly and is too coarse for seed germination.
At the other end of the bed are Strawberries Mara de Bois. In between I've sown peas, which haven't shown themselves yet. In every bed in the vegetable garden there is a random potato plant gown from tubers that got left behind in previous years.
There is one head developing on the Artichoke plant already.
6. The first Strawberry
I picked the first strawberries today from plants grown in the greenhouse. Just five of them were ripe, but they are a little treat with the promise of more to come.
I hope you have been able to get out and enjoy your garden this week. Find out what other gardeners have been up to by visiting The Propagator, who kindly hosts Six on Saturday.
To sign off this week, I leave you with Fushia 'Winston Churchill' who, right on cue, started to flower for VE day.