The April Showers of May

As everyone knows, we have just had an unusual April

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Here we had eighteen nights with frost and 18.4 mm of rain, 13.4 of which fell in three days

Last year’s April

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we had one night of frost and 31.6 mm of rain.

Now that May is here we are getting all the April showers that didn’t happen

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So at last things feel a little more normal and growth is accelerating.

Now that the ducks have moved out of the orchard we are trying to encourage a native and introduced meadow mix. Earlier this year we planted a load of bulbs that should have gone in during the Autumn. These tulips are making up for lost time

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The Jack-by-the-hedge has been spreading

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and the Orange Tips are seeking it out

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Lady’s-smock is starting to pop up all over the place

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The small tunnel has been full for a while

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We are trying to be more organised with our sowing this year

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and today we started the seventh succession batch of lettuce. This lot is still in the packed greenhouse

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while this lot are being harvested

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The first lot of peas are in the tunnel too

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The big tunnel is starting to get sorted

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First tomatoes are in position. We are growing eight varieties this year

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After an abysmal crop last year, due to lack of sun, we are hoping for better things.

Cherries are already forming in that tunnel

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Here are some more splashes of May colour

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