spring awakening

How great to see the sun. I had almost forgotten what it looked and felt like. It has been a long, cold and grey winter and we have been short of homegrown green veg for too long as our crops refused to grow. Two mild weeks and hope springs eternal, as we prepare ourselves for a kinder season. The leeks, greens, purple sprouting broccoli and cauliflower outside, and salad leaves in the tunnels are finally starting to move, promising some fresh greenery to end the winter. Some of the better drained, south facing fields have dried out enough to travel with heavy machinery so we have been busy spreading manure and ploughing ready for the first lettuce and cabbage plants which will arrive next week.

The first carrots have been sown and covered with fleece to bring them on; the first bunches should be pulled in late June. Last year