This time of year so much is happening at Growing Well. Spring cabbage, Kohl Rabi, Beetroot and Chard plants are now a couple of inches high, being hardened off ready to be planted outside. Having been sown late February they have left the warmth of our propagation tunnel and are sitting under fleece on a raised bed outside. Plants need to be resilient to survive in Cumbria so slowly introducing them to the climate they are going to face is a key.
Tomatoes, Aubergines and Peppers are less hardy and are still growing away inside a heated tunnel protecting them from the risk of frost.
The ploughing has been done this week. With a lot of surface water still evident, it was with some trepidation that we turned the first furrow. The subsoil conditions were surprising dry minimising the risk of compaction from the tractor tyres. We just have to wait now for the conditions to dry before we can do any further cultivation. We have 300kg of potatoes waiting to be planted and a further 100kg of onions sitting and ready. As soon as the sun comes out we will be very busy . The year rolls on.