Regardless of the unfavourably dry conditions I've been on a sowing spree over the past few weeks. As a result, I've now got lots of 'little ones' to look after and have my nose to the ground daily scouring the soil surface for more expected nativities.
Have lost faith with those brooding clouds that hover with promise - no useful rain yet! I try to remember to run a spout of water along the base of the drill before sowing, but occasionally forget and this may be why the blood-veined sorrel appears to be sitting tight (no sign yet after 14 days). The beetroot are doing alright though, beetroot 'Red Ace' and a yellow rooted cultivar 'Touchstone Gold'.
A once blank canvass is gradually filling out; lettuce and spring cabbage are hearting up, shallots and onions lengthen their leaves. Seeds sown, pricked out and grown on in the warmth of the glasshouse are ready to be be planted out and flex their toes, like this French parsley now bordering the shallots bellow.