April has been a busy month in the garden. The weather has really helped to motivate me, there have been some gorgeous days out there recently - I'm talking sun cream and hammock kind of days.
We have been eating plenty of garden produce already, in fact I have pretty much been living off homemade coleslaw, pesto and lettuce, rocket, dandelion and wild garlic salad's. You just can't beat that feeling of wandering around the garden, picking fresh food and having it for your breakfast, lunch, dinner and sometimes supper!
I have also been enjoying the odd mint Julep on these bright evenings. Mint is one of my most favourite herbs, I would gladly throw it into everything prepared in the kitchen, so I was delighted to see the mint re-appear this month. I allow it to grow wild around our little wooded area - It would actually please me greatly if I had a lawn of mint!
The greenhouse that Micheál built last autumn is proving to be such a wonderful asset. I sewed all the seedling's in there and they have all sprouted well.
So far we have started off: Courgette's; Cucumbers; Onions; Wild Strawberries; Coriander; Chives; Lettuce leaves; Rocket and additional blueberries and blackcurrants'.
With these few plants and the left over winter crop of sprouting broccoli and cabbage, along with the wild foods growing around us, such as the sorrel, dandelion and wild garlic, I have found that we have a plentiful addition to the nutritional needs of a family of five - In fact, it is hard to use the broccoli and cabbage fast enough, I have let some go to seed as the bees are feasting on the flowers.
I am re-discovering that it is such a lovely time in the garden at the moment, there is so much appearing, new things seem to pop up each day. The blossoms are now on the pear and apple trees and the wild rose bushes are full of life again.
So much happening in the space of a month, I can't wait until May - One of my most favourite months of the year!
We had a problem with some white and green fly on the strawberry plants in the greenhouse. I was told to boil garlic and spray the plants with the water. I have done so and it actually seems to work, so far so good - Fingers crossed, the last thing I want is green fly in the green house all year. Any other suggestions are welcomed.
In May I hope to:
- Sow - Beetroot; Carrots; Peppers; Chard; Radish.
- Plant a few flowers.
- Keep an eye on the new plants and keep the beds raked and fertilized.
- Construct a structure to protect the soft fruits.
- Enjoy the garden!