The weather has been cold since my last post and it seems that the warm sunny weather of March was just a tempter to let us all know what we’d be missing out on. Anyone who has been out in the gardens will have noticed that growth has been very slow and this is no different at the farm at ringrone. I have lots planted ready for it to warm up, so I am hoping ( with some brighter forecasts for next week) that everything will get going and catch up a little. In fact, there are some crops such as squash and french beans that don’t like the cold so i have delayed sowing these a little in order to give them half a chance. In the mean time weed growth has also been slow ( at least that’s a bonus) so Shane ( my intern) and I have been out hand weeding the carrots, parsnips and leek seed bed as well as hoeing the onion and brassica plots and trying to get more beds ready for yet more planting and sowing. The sweetcorn and courgettes are just hardening off ready for planting this week ( courgettes were set back by a massive mouse attack which nibbled their way through 90% of my seeds from their pots and had to be resowed). In fact the propagation tunnel has been brimming of late and their more brassicas such as kale, red cabbage, broccoli and romanesque caulis all to plant out this week as well as the second outdoor sowing of carrots to be drilled direct into the beds.
The tunnels are looking much happier than outside, thre’s good sized carrots already, beets are coming on as well as scallions, kohl rabi and peas. Looks like our first harvest will be on time which makes me very very very happy! and some what relieved given the weather we’ve been having. We just have to hope temperatures stay consistently warmer into the summer months to give the outdoor crops a little helping hand and all will be grand!
Open day this wednesday 23rd may 7pm