Growing in April

sloe blossom

I’ve finally starting my growing season… in more ways than one! Bump is steadily increasing week on week, and I’m now feeling the baby kick more and more. It’s a strange, fluttering, bubbly feeling that I absolutely adore. We’re officially half way through now!

Primroses and daffodils

The days are getting longer again and I’ve finally found the motivation to get on with growing. The daffodils are out in force and the tulips that I planted in the borders are starting to show through. I’m sure in no time it’ll feel like the accelerator is on and everything will just explode, but we’re not quite there yet.


So I am trying my best to catch up on my extended winter hiatus and get ready for a summer of the Good Life.Β Rich has started to put in the polytunnel base plates so hopefully by the end of spring we’ll have a functioning polytunnel to grow in too. Meanwhile, I’ve been pottering around trying not to do too much too often (frustrating), but I’ve managed to sow some carrots under cover, got some peas and calabrese waiting to go into the ground, and some onion and shallot sets just taking root in modules in the greenhouse.

onion & shallot sets

I’ve already sowed some cosmos and mina lobata, and I’m hoping by the end of the week to have some sweet peas potted up. I see the social feeds of other grow your own aficiandos and I feel so behind… but gone are the days of beating myself up about it and really, now, it’s just motivation to do more!

I’ve also ordered some chick peas (garbanzo beans) to try and grow myself. It will probably work out cheaper just to buy them dried and pre-packaged in bulk, but I fancied doing something a little different this year… plus, the pretty delicate flowers the pea plants produce will look good in the plots too πŸ˜€

Lastly, I’ve also got a couple of gooseberry bushes to find some space for. I opted for hinnonmaki red as I fancied the idea of tucking into the sweeter, blushed pink fruits later in the season. Of course I’m not expecting a heavy yield, but it’s just a good feeling to be expanding my growing repertoire. And any extra blossom and flowers ahead of fruit in the garden is good by me – something else for the pollinators to feast on! The sloe blossom (blackthorn bush – see top pic) is already out despite the chilly temperatures, and the bees are loving it. Can’t ask for more.


  1. Hiya – I am following your blog. Congratulations on pregnancy πŸ˜€
    I’ve never seen onions sets done in that way before, that’s interesting. Also we have just bought the same red gooseberry bush πŸ™‚
    I can’t wait for the explosion in growing – it’s fab!

    • Hi Tracy, thanks for dropping by! I think on a small scale it makes sense with the onions, since I would struggle with naughty pigeons and crows pulling them out. They’d not root properly and then go a bit manky and then I’d end up with tiny onions! So I like to try this way, plant them out and then cover them up, just as insurance. Hercules onions are just the best flavoured onions I’ve come across… I’ve just had a bad 2-3 seasons with them so keeping everything crossed that they’ll do better this year! Cannot wait either for Spring to properly arrive… everything is so wet here still!

  2. Hugely wet here still too. Everything has gone past saturation point. There’s just nowhere left for the water to go.
    Our onions are outside in the veg plot and I think we have been lucky that so far they have been left alone. Really interesting to see other methods though and especially to follow the progress. Great blog x