The greenhouse hums with life

Sweet corn.
Sweet corn.

Favourable weather has allowed us to make considerable headway in the garden and we’re almost up to date with vegetable sowing and planting.

There’s also been time to get out and about to see how others are doing.

Asparagus spears emerging.

Asparagus spears emerging.

The greenhouse is bulging at the seams as it should be in April. Two large standard bay trees have been turned out for summer, along with any plants deemed tough enough to tolerate a mild frost.

The runner beans can have another week or so under cover then out they go too.

We have two sweet corn varieties this year, Swift and Sundance. Both are good doers, maturing in late August. They’ll stay under glass for extra growth then go into the garden as block plantings at the end of this month.

Meanwhile, treat of the week was discovering thick spears emerging on the asparagus bed. Three varieties were planted as one-year-old crowns last year and we simply allowed the delicate fern-like foliage to grow freely. Harvesting will continue until June when cutting ceases to encourage top growth, photosynthesis and energy build-up for next year.

Asparagus is decorative .

Asparagus is decorative .