Chillies, shallots, broad beans and tomatoes

Today we've been able to spend a good few hours in the garden. It's really the first time this year it's been warm enough to contemplate doing any of the jobs we know we should. We quickly filled our "green" wheelie bin with cuttings from the pear tree and the buddleia and some moss from the grass. It's quite addictive pruning, we do still have shrubs left and they look a lot better for the trim too. Plus we've saved some of the thicker wood for my parents log burner. That means carting it up to Norfolk next time...

It wasn't quite warm enough to tackle the compost bins after this - they need emptying and re-laying, but there was enough time to pot on some chillies. They're now labelled and in the conservatory (which i'm hoping will be warmer than the greenhouse) to grow some more...

Next up were broad beans. I've sown around half a pack of them, mostly in containers. Not trusting the weather or the local birdlife I opted to plant my shallot sets in a seed tray and keep them in the greenhouse for a bit. I saw on Gardener's World that Monty has done the same, my Dad's been telling me that for weeks, but now they are done.

Tomatoes too - these are in a small propagator next to the chillies in the conservatory. I've got five of each Golden Sunrise and Vanessa. Last year wasn't so good for tomatoes for me so I'm hoping this year is better. Not sure if I'll end up with the tomato farm I've had in the past as I think space may be limited this year. And if the patios finished I suspect MOH will try to keep my productive plants away from the newly-finished area (first though we have to start that part of the project!).