What’s Growing On In March?

I’m a bit late with this post but better late than never! What’s growing on in our kitchen garden this month?

Timperley Early rhubarb never fails to produce as early as March, feeding us well into summer. Right now our patch of rhubarb is looking fantastic with big healthy leaves and green stems flushed with red.

The plum trees are beginning to blossom, tight buds of green with a smidge of white peeking through, with apple and pear trees a few weeks behind. Of all the fruit blossom pink apple flowers are my favourite.

This year we’re growing ‘Wizard’ field beans, a smaller more robust relative of broad beans. We didn’t have the seed in time to sow in autumn, we sowed the seeds in February and they’re growing well under the tunnel cloches. They will catch up.

New raspberry cane growth basking in the sun, it appears we’re in for a bumper crop this year!

First sowing of peas are carried out undercover in the greenhouse to prevent rotting and mice theft. Four varieties this year, heirloom and rare types: Champion of England, Rosakrone, Golden Sweet (mangetout type with purple flowers and lemon yellow pods) and Lord Leicester. These will be planted out soon after hardening off and covered over in fleece should a frost arrive. Also growing happily in the greenhouse are seedlings of nasturtium, cosmos, beetroot and calendula (to be planted out in clumps).

The garlic looks very different to the February What’s Growing on post, variety Red Duke’. It appears to grow low and stumpy to start with but soon puts on lots of top growth as the weather warms, growing to quite a height before harvest.

Some of my favourite herbs growing strong, bronze fennel and French tarragon.

Gooseberry and blackcurrant bushes are bursting into leaf, shining beautifully in the sunlight.

I planted our second early potatoes today, ‘Charlotte’ remains a firm favourite!We’re growing ‘Pink Fir Apple’ this year too, these will go out in the next week or so.

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7 comments

  1. Lovely to see the first signs of plum blossom. Here in Egypt, our plum is well in bloom, as is one of two pear trees, and the orange, lemon and one lime. So we are clearly some way ahead of you in the southern Med.
    I’m interested in the selections of seeds you sow, and wonder how the heirloom peas and field beans will fare. Do you choose them for particular qualities, or on principle? I am also growing some heirloom varieties, but had very little luck with the peas; the green beans were not much better! Now trying courgettes, squash and tomatoes (all showing some promise) so will wait to see how they go on.

  2. Jealous of the rhubarb – my later variety is still just nubbins!

    I am going to be checking back on your field bean progress as they sound very interesting.

  3. What a difference a day makes, the plums are in bloom!

    Sorry to hear your peas and beans haven’t done so well, we are pleasantly surprised at how well the heirloom seeds have germinated – much better ratio than the hybrids. We’re really interested in growing more heirloom varieties (particularly rare seeds with limited quantity in seed banks), playing a small part to help bring back old forgotten varieties. We also love growing things we’ve never tried before, be that a crop or trying various varieties. Flavour and seed saving plays a big part in this; by growing heirlooms we can choose varieties we love to eat and are best suited to our soil and growing conditions, eventually building our own saved seed.

  4. Oh we love our early rhubarb, it’s a real joy to pick something so early in the year. We’re going to compare field beans to broad beans later in the year, really looking forward to seeing the difference.

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