The garden is now in its ninth week of unusually dry weather. A couple of sharp showers gave the occasional decorative touch, but watering has been necessary for five weeks now.
Most vegetables are performing well, but the onions are not. Whether it is disease, drought-caused or otherwise, is unclear. It is the first potential failure of the season.
The chard is about to finish and has been less abundant than in wetter springs.
However, as the feature image shows, the potatoes have all progressed rapidly and the first earthing up has taken place. The warm weather has meant regular watering of the first earlies grown in pots, with half a gallon per pot given on hot days.
The carrots sown on 31st March and April 9th have done well, with the latter currently having radish harvested from the rows:
The parsnip have also germinated well and are also ready for the radish sown at the same time to be harvested.
Lettuce are doing well and should start harvesting in the next 7-10 days:
Beetroot roots from the mid February Boltardy sowing are now visible and the April sowing has been transplanted after radish:
Spinach is being harvested along with turnip tops and spring onions, providing plenty of greens:
Broad beans are now 5-6 feet tall and the first pods are just setting. The potted plants for seeds have a few pods further on:
Peas are in the ground, but not yet really accelerating. Finally, asparagus harvest is in full steam ahead mode.
Comfrey is ready for its second cut:
In modules, cabbages are progressing well at 4 weeks and tree cabbage/perpetual spinach is healthy at two weeks:
Both leek sowings are doing well at 4 weeks and two weeks:
Finally both chard and May beetroot have germinated well.
Despite the late April cold, both apple trees have set fruit beautifully:
All in all, things could be a lot worse, especially as heavy rain is finally expected over the next 36 hours.