Now that it is getting towards the end of April the weather, of course, is getting a lot colder.
What can you say about this weather. It is completely contrary. Tonight it may well get down to 3oC and this is a bit too cold for comfort. A lot of people have put out courgettes, squashes and pumpkins. I hope that they do not succumb to the possible frost. I may well be panicking prematurely but that is what gardening is all about this time of year in England.
Well, fortunately I have not put out my Cucurbitaceae. They are tucked away in the greenhouse within a greenhouse. Even so they might get caught by the frost.
The only other plants that I am worried about are the potatoes. I did not have the time or inclination to earth them up a little more so their tops are open to the elements. I am hoping they will be all right and they probably will be. The oca has still not poked its head out of the soil and this is a good thing because it will not be affected overmuch by the cold night.
I put the calabrese and the purple sprouting brocolli outside to harden off a little before being put into the allotment.
Still no germination of the Moneymaker tomato seed, Florence fennel and the celeriac. I don't know what I have done wrong but my seed germination is very poor this year. However, every cloud has a silver lining and this has helped me manage the plants in the greenhouse a little better. It is still chocker full of seedlings even though I have planted out the peas, some of the climbing French beans, some of the Brussel sprouts, the cabbage, the onions, the lettuce and the leek seedlings.
But, I should know that this is a very busy time of the year.
I didn't do much at the allotment because I was working today. I just had some time to water all the newly planted seedlings and the newly sown seeds. The kohlrabi and the Hamburg parsley still have not germinated. I doubt that they like the change to much colder weather.
I also gave the strawberries a good watering. They are quite small plants but they have some very big flowers on them.
When I came home I watered the greenhouse a little. I did not want to put too much water on some of the seedlings because this may cause them to rot off if there is a frost. Drier compost seems to allow a much better survival rate in very cold weather. I will water them tomorrow when the temperature has risen a little bit.
I did water the pumpkins and the tomatoes. I had missed them when they were transplanted into bigger pots yesterday.
So lots to go out in the allotment when the weather becomes more clement; which I hope will be this weekend.