Still, it is a good day to begin hardening off the tomatoes. I've put them outside in a sunny spot and will do this for the next few days before planting them out.
There are signs of life in the carrot containers - not as many have germinated as I would have liked but I am using up an older packet of seed which might be why. Still, I can easily sow a few more seeds in the gaps. These carrots will be picked when they are young to be eaten as whole baby carrots.
The foliage on the potatoes is astonishing and seems to be on a mission to take over the garden! Its a good job they are in potato planters! The jerusalem artichokes are looking equally as healthy and are growing vigourously too. They must be at least a metre tall now. I am now impatiently waiting for flowers to appear amongst the potato foliage as an indication that we can have a poke in the soil to see if they are some tasty little potatoes to harvest...
The spinach has grown a lot quicker than expected and could even be harvested as baby leaves. I'll sow a couple of rows in a length of drainpipe as soon as I can so we have plenty to harvest. We have a packet of nematodes now ready to treat the salad bed so we should be able to start planting into that in a couple of weeks time.
The two rows of mixed lettuce and rocket are coming up nicely too. We have been harvesting lettuce from our first crop and it is delicious. We have a wonderful pot of coriander now too.
There are many jobs that I want to get done but I have so much other work to do for my final college submissions at the moment and with the preparations for starting up my design practice it is becoming very difficult to find the time.
I need to repot the courgettes in the nursery, plant out peas and leeks from the nursery, sow more seed, prepare the ground for the tomatoes, treat the salad bed with nematodes and a border of copper tape, make a lean to polythene 'greenhouse' for the aubergines... I'll stop the list there.
I may be helping with the final planting for one of the show gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show this weekend too - very exciting to be involved in the run up to the show opening next week... no wonder I have no time to work in my own garden though!