SoS: Growing Fruit and Vegetables in April

It’s been a busy week in the garden with everything demanding my attention at once to the point I’ve been spinning on the spot.

We managed to cut the olive hedge which had grown to around 12ft as it was casting a shadow over the pool sitting area as the sun dipped lower after 18.30. Hopefully, this will provide some extra sun. The compost heap has also been turned, and even more seeds planted! Yes, Mr.P I’m well and truly hooked!

1. Raised Veg Garden

Our raised vegetable garden is doing reasonably well although keeping on top of the weeds is proving quite a challenge.

At the moment we have red cabbage, peas. red onion, cauliflower and broccoli.Β  This week I hope to plant yellow peppers – we will see if they are available at the market.

Raised vegetable garden - April 2019
Raised vegetable garden – April 2019

2. Green Salad Crop

Rocket

The rocket, while prolific, has now run to seed and tastes bitter. This will now be removed, and chopped up for composting. I planted some more seeds on 2th April. Let’s hope they don’t take too long to germinate.

The Rocket has now gone to seed
The Rocket has now gone to seed

Nasturtiums

The Nasturtiums grown from seed (27th January) are now providing plenty of leaves for salad. I’m not sure when and if they will flower, but the leaves are fine for now.

Nasturtiums growing in pots
Nasturtiums growing in pots

Spinach

My next batch of spinach seedlings (Matador) planted on the 18th April are already beginning to shoot.

Spinach seedlings
Spinach seedlings
Spinach growing in pot
Spinach growing in pot

Although my spinach spot is still growing well I may pull the leaves before they get tough and eat as a vegetable.

Mixed Lettuce

The mix lettuce pot planted as seed plugs on the 24th March are suddenly ready for harvesting! Was I asleep while they were growing?

Mixed lettuce growing in a container
Mixed lettuce growing in a container

3. Radish Grow Well in Containers

I’ve been harvesting the radish I planted on the 12th of March for the last couple of weeks. It’s great to pick them as and when rather than buy a bunch from the supermarket. I planted further seeds at two-week intervals which are now beginning to germinate. Note to self: Sow the next seeds in a new container as the soil here is tired.

Radish growing in container
Radish growing in a container

4. Spring Onions

These are the last of the onions I planted at the beginning of February. I always buy tiny onion plants that resemble chives from the monthly market rather than planting seeds. So far they have always proved successful. However, while I was in the UK I did succumb to buying a packet of seeds as these onion plugs are not usually available from March onwards.

Spring onions grow well in containers
Spring onions grow well in containers

5. Cucumbers

The cucumbers were doing really well but now seem plagued by a strange disease (I think) which turns the leaves a mottled brown before they die. I’ve just given them a dose of tomato feed in the hope it’s lack of nutrients and not viral.

Brown marks on cucumber leaves
Brown marks on cucumber leaves

6. Fruit – Success and Failure

Timperley Early Rhubarb

My Timperley Early rhubarb looks nothing like the picture on the packet. I am going to pick it and cut my losses. I don’t understand why some people where I live can grow it and I can’t. I’ve tried various soils, adding manure and it gets plenty of water. -In fact, I think I will abandon all my rhubarb as it is too much effort for too little reward. Some things are just not meant to be.

Rhubarb growing in a container
Rhubarb growing in a container

Strawberries

The strawberries growing in containers continue to thrive and now provide a steady supply. Not enough to make jam or a tart but enough for us.

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That’s my six for this week, folks. Why not pop over to Mr. P’s blog to check out other Six on Saturday gardeners.

SoS Posts for April:
Success, Failure and a Nice Surprise
Six New Plants
A Thousand Seedlings, Fruit Trees and…

34 thoughts on “SoS: Growing Fruit and Vegetables in April

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  1. A veritable feast awaits you. I’ve never been able to grow radishes. They’re supposed to be easy but they just don’t ever do anything for some reason. Maybe growing them in a container is the way to go. Pity about your rhubarb.

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      1. Thanks. I’ll be on the lookout. I also trash pick the large black containers that bigger shrubs and trees come in. When filled with soil they are heavy but free is always better in my opinion.

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  2. A good summary of vegetables growing in containers. I try radishes and strawberries like you. I’m glad you got the spinach ! Great !
    For rhubarb, I would not have tried … The plant is very greedy in water, it needs a good volume of soil and manure

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    1. Hi 30… I do grow them under a plastic cloche… so cheat πŸ™‚ If I was in the UK I think I’d need a huge greenhouse with UV lamps and heating. I remember one of the SoS bloggers has a huge greenhouse. two together. I’s difficult.

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          1. oh no! What a shame . . maybe another time. And my apologies for not replying before now, but have been unwell and then life took over as I tried to catch up with return to England.

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  3. All looking absolutely fabulous! I have copied your idea and used a crate to grow salad leave in. Seems to be working well. I might grow radishes and spring onions too when I go buy more compost. I have been successful with radishes before but never the onions.

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  4. Cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower; it must be nice. We can not grow any of them this late. There might be some lingering from the end of spring in the neighborhood. All ours are gone. Rhubarb needs to start new this year. It really did badly this year, which means I won’t get any until next year.

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  5. Wow..this is amazing…new to wordpress and i just stumbled across this and i was inspired to try make my own garden since am so obsessed with fruits and veggies.

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