Allotment diary April 2022 northern hemisphere. Organic.
Onion seed has just gone in, can be sown direct to soil. Broad beans went in February and March last chance to put more in this month.Onion sets planted but we want to move away from this commercial way of growing hence the onion seed experiment.
Seeds brought on in greenhouse planted out as young plants, today in went summer cabbage, broccoli, fennel.
Autumn sown onion and garlic growing really well. Early potatoes still not visible above ground, maincrop goes in Good Friday. Kale, perpetual spinach, Savoy cabbage, purple sprouting broccoli all been a triumph and are still producing. Not as successful is cauliflower which only needs a bit of bird poo etc to totally ruin it. Quite a lot of effort for not much output, probably won't do cauliflower again.
Rhubarb growing but not ready to harvest yet. Some allotment holders have forced theirs for early crops, this does look worth doing next year.
Rosemary, bay leaves, mint, lemon balm all doing well.
Pulled last of the Brussels sprouts. Harvesting Savoy cabbage one a week amazingly easy and tasty. Pulling fresh kale leaves regularly. Spinach cut and come again. Garlic leaves off the wild garlic picked and frozen immediately for incredible flavour.
Nothing to collect, considering letting one Savoy go over to produce seed heads.
Compost turned from bin 1 to bin 2. New bin 1 for this year started. Comfrey plant cleared and trimmed ready to start collecting leaves for fruit and flower feed. I'll detail how to do this when I start, probably next month.
Must hoe annual weeds now as they start to grow. In April they're little and easy to control but if you let them get away from you now by June they'll be almost impossible to eradicate.
Plastic pop bottles with bottom cut off and upended over the top of young seedlings, stabilised with bamboo cane makes a mini greenhouse and protects against late frosts and pigeons. I'll add a photo next time, forgot phone today.
Bumblebees evident harvesting pollen from nettle flowers and daffodils
Decking boards laid at bottom of fence to try and stop our daily battle with 'Stew' our invading rabbit.