Debby Lockey's Blog

The spring garden

Well, nearly a month later than normal, and at last the soil is warming up and I have been able to plant some veg.  So far I have put in some onion sets, garlic bulbs spinach, lettuce and carrots.  I’ve covered them all just because the pigeons and the black birds love to forage about which disturbs the seeds.  I have also planted out some sweet peas as I love to cut them.  So far the onions and garlic have sprouted. These would normally be ready in the early summer, but because they have gone in so late I will just watch for the leaves turning yellow before I lift them and dry them in the sun.

 

I can see signs of the lettuce, but it is too early for the carrots or spinach.  However I do expect the carrots to be ready for picking by the middle to end of June as they only take around 10 to 11 weeks to mature.  The spinach I am going to treat as a cut and come again vegetable as I like to use the young leaves in salads.  So I’ll cut the bigger leaves and leave the smaller leaves to mature.  As spinach is prone to bolt in dry weather I may eventually end up having to cut all the leaves down to ground level, in one go.

 

In my allotment, where there is more space, the early potatoes and second early potatoes (Charlotte) have gone in along with broad beans that were first raised in the greenhouse.  The latter are beginning to flower already, so I expect to be eating the small beans in June.

 

One wonderful aspect of this delay in spring arriving is the abundance of the flower (mind that might also be due to the pet rabbit dying last year).  My camellia (Debbie of course) is covered in blooms as it loved the wet summer we had last year, which helped to establish the flower buds. I’ve under planted this with Pulmonaria ‘Majeste’ and Vinca minor ‘Bowles Variety’ for a soft pastel combination of pinks and blues.  Heavenly. Alternatively, if vinca minor is too much of a thug for your liking, try grape hyacinths or phlox divaricata ‘Chattachoochee’ which are equally lovely. The snowdrops have only just gone over after being out for months, and the daffodils have gone on for weeks, unlike last year when the unseasonably high temperatures hit them.  And the primroses just keep on going.  They have been out since February and still look as if they could keep on going for another month.  Put these with common violets (Viola riviniana) and forget-me-nots (Myosotis sylvatica) for an incredibly simple, low maintenance, but very effective planting scheme.

The primroses have been beautiful this year.  Below is a recent picture of a woodland garden I designed for one of my clients.


Posted 9:25, Wednesday 2nd March


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About Debby's blog

Every month I will give you some tips on what to do in your garden and allotment for that time of the year.  Because I am a designer there will be elements of design thrown in along with gardening advice.

I’ll also let you know about any projects I am working on;  the ideas behind the design, how we will implement it and what the outcome was like. 

If any one would like to contribute I would be pleased to hear from you.  I am always pleased to hear other people’s experiences especially since I have found that the more I learn about gardening the less I seem to know.

Recent posts

Growing sweet peas, Lathyrus odoratus, for summer fragrance

How to create a lovely spring planting combination using the colour yellow.

Posters to help you make your street hedgehog friendly

Winter plants for winter insects.

The spring garden

A vegetable plot for lazy people

Some design thoughts

Achieving balance in the garden

Sculptures in the garden

Small is definitely beautiful