The apple and pear trees are in full blossom. It’s time to sow seeds both inside and out. Beans, carrots, leeks, onions, lettuce, beetroot, turnips, radishes, fennel, herbs, silverbeet, spinach, zucchini, squash and cucumbers can all go in now. Or you can buy some seedlings at the garden centre or supermarket. Once they go out they’ll need protection from wind, birds, cats, chooks, etc, etc.
The carrot and beetroot seedlings we sowed at the beginning of the month are only just appearing thanks to the variable weather, but have germinated well and haven’t needed additional watering. If you’re short of space, try these tips for making the most of your small garden. I’ve tried a couple of potatoes in black plastic rubbish bags this year. You can put in potatoes now too.
Protect your strawberries from birds. Blackbirds will find the smallest hole in your defences and demolish your crop. I’ve just mulched mine – you can use straw, pine needles, cocoa husks or even coffee grounds. I used what I had close by – shreddings from my mulcher. Garlic planted in winter will benefit from some mulch too.
If you’re looking for a gift for the cyclist in your life, get them a copy of It’s All About the Bike: The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels by Robert Penn. A pocket-sized hardback and nothing at all to do with Lance Armstrong. I very much enjoyed An Angel at My Table New Zealand author, Janet Frame’s autobiography. A grim and poignant portrayal of post-war New Zealand by a talented woman trapped by her shyness. Time for a lighter read.