Ladybirds on celery leaves

The pub garden in April has mainly been about preparation. I have been steadily working my way through the vegetable beds trying to catch up with the weeding. These are red celery leaves from last year, obviously very hardy and a tasty addition to soups and stews



The red veined sorrel also overwintered well and looks like a permanent fixture now so may be moved to the new herb bed.



The broad beans have continued to grow and now have lots of flowers on.

Mummy blackbird was very busy collecting food as I dug each week, she did well, look at the size of the chick!


The off site greenhouse has been the place to be in the cold, wet weather at the beginning and end of the month, not so good in that sweltering week in the middle. I have struggled with quite a lot of seeds this year, especially pumpkins and cucumbers, for which I am blaming the weather!

Even so, the curly kale, spinach and beetroot are doing well. They can be planted out at the beginning of May if they are big enough.


At the end of the month, the wild garlic which I planted a couple of years ago, came into flower and it has filled up the bed a bit more.



This is the view at the end of April. I have started sowing a few seeds and not quite finished clearing the old vegetables, but it won’t be long before it is all filled.



The most exciting thing, however, was the tulips flowering. I’m most pleased because the planters look exactly how I imagined which is very satisfying. Incidently,  look out for that narrow window in the next update.