The experiment of growing broad beans under the protection of cloches is still looking good. The plants are developing strong healthy leaves and appear in good condition.
The peach tree in our garden is in blossom, a little concerning given that hard frosts are still possible. It is positioned in the warmest spot in our garden, warm, sunny, and in a sheltered corner.
Having sown a few tomato seeds in February, it was time to pot on the leggy seedlings. The four plants are now safely back on the windowsill waiting for the days to become longer and the risk of frost to pass.
Aiming for a more successful pea harvest, I have changed tactic this year. I have sown peas in pots, and then protected them from birds and mice by moving the pots inside our polytunnel.
The experiment of growing broad beans under cloches has started well. The beans have germinated and are looking healthy, plus a few weeds too!
A sequence of photographs showing how germination happens in kohl rabi seeds. From the first shoot that becomes the root, the seed being lifted, and then the first leaves emerging from the seed pod.
A photo series of a lettuce seed germinating on the surface of stone wool. Unlike growing in soil, germinating on top of stone wool enables you to see the daily spectacular occurring.
Sowing seeds in the comfort of indoors, mess free, quickly, and with good germination rates – there is much to commend the use of rock wool as an alternative to sowing in soil.
What is wonderful about rhubarb is that it is one of the few crops to be enjoyed in March and April, and apart from a rich mulch of well rotted compost in the autumn, the plant takes care of itself.