I do seem to be terribly behind this year (and no, not just with the blog, you wags at the back) - it's just that the time rushes by so quickly!
Since I last blogged, I went on holiday, I came back and we had the dahlia talk in the club house and the seed swap; I planted my seed potatoes; and sowed the beans, peas and tender crops in pots at home.
And a month on, all but the tender squash, cucumber and sweetcorn are now in their beds.
In my never-ending quest to grow some bloody carrots, I've made a tunnel, covered with netting. Now, I would be really pleased with this, as it was so easy to put together (once I'd scrounged some blue pipe from Chris at the bottom - thank you m'dear), except that the sharp-eyed will note from the photo that the tunnel is open ended,
This is not deliberate, but a miscalculation of how much debris netting that I had to buy from the store-shed. It is not so much a protected bed as a windtunnel, or shelter for pigeons. So a bit of a fail on that one at the mo, then, but I have extra netting now, and will be wielding a needle and shirring elastic at the weekend in order to complete the job.
I can see me doing more of these tunnels if it means that I can protect the beds from pests whilst the plants are young. It looks like I'll have to resort to slugs pellets for the asparagus bed in future if I want to eat any of the spears myself - but I'm not keen on pellets without excluding birds or other wildlife with some sort of cover.
As ever at this time of year, I can't wait for the first veg to be ready.