I’ve done three small successional sowings of peas this year and they really are doing exceptionally well. The variety is ‘Jumbo’ from Thompson & Morgan and it is living up to its name with long pods crammed with well-flavoured peas. With just two of us in the household, small sowings are perfect, providing a handful of peas each day to add to the same quantity of broadbeans and French beans. If I’ve been to the fish shop, I will also add a handful of samphire – highly recommended. Landlubbers can buy samphire from Waitrose.
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This is the point when I ask myself why I’m going away. By the time I get back, despite enlisting friends to keep an eye on things, I’m sure the plants will have behaved like teenagers in their parents absence and gone a bit wild. I have moved most of the seedlings to a table in a shady spot where I think they will survive best during my absence, whatever the weather. We are harvesting a great crop of peas and broadbeans – they are particularly delicious mixed with samphire which has just come into season at the local fish shop.
- If your tender half hardy perennials such as penstemon and lemon verbena have survived the winter, now is the time to cut them back
- Sow maincrop peas and beetroot
- Dead head naturalised bulbs to encourage good flowering in the future
- Weed borders and apply a moisture retaining mulch
Peas, soaked overnight and sown in a length of gutter
Two brackets attached to the greenhouse shelf are used to hold the gutter sown with peas
Pots of Mara de Bois strawberries, overwintered in the coldframe, have been tidied and top dressed with fish blood and bone in readiness for an early greenhouse crop
Autumn-sown cornflowers are growing in modules ready to go out in the garden in a few weeks time
The sword-like Astelia leaves look wonderful in the low afternoon sun