The spring school holidays are always a crazy time in the garden. There’s so much work to be done, and the clock is ticking down the weeks to “plant out” day, when the whole garden is finally filled with vegetables.
I spent two days this week weeding the strawberries and re-establishing paths through the strawberry patch. The plants are blooming, and we should have our first berries in a month. The early potatoes are in the ground, as are the onions, spinach, lettuce, peas, beets and chard. I planted out parsley, celery, celeriac, cilantro, dill and fennel this morning, and seeded in my carrots. And the tomato and basil plants have graduated from my office to the unheated greenhouse.
Most importantly, today I planned out the garden tasks for the next six weeks. It’s the only way to ensure that I pace myself, getting everything done, without stressing about whether it will all be done in time. The schedule is always daunting, but having a plan makes it manageable.
Of course, the house is unlikely to get much cleaning in the next six weeks—that doesn’t make it onto the list at this time of year!