It seems to have been a little while since I have posted on the vegetable growing so I thought an update might be useful.
Most of the vegetables & herbs have germinated very well and are growing on quite nicely. The runner beans have the first flower buds on them which have yet to open. The mangetout meanwhile have their first one or two flowers. The blueberries have flowered and fruit are beginning to set. Some of the strawberries have flowered and are also beginning to set one or two fruit. I have been thinning out some of the salad bowls which were sown a little too densely - rocket and radishes in particular. I have potted on the tomatoes with multi-purpose compost mixed with a little fish blood & bone. I've not potted them on to very large pots just yet as I want to give them another feed with fresh compost & fish blood & bone.
The herbs have germinated well, growing on quietly in small propagators on the garden bench. I have been watering them with slightly tepid water every few days or when they are looking a little dry. I thought this might help to encourage them to develop properly into good healthy plants. One of my clients has tried growing basil and has had lots of success in getting the seeds to germnate but has never managed to actually grow them on to good healthy plants. At the time of writing, my basil is doing well, having grown their 'adult' leaves. Perhaps using tepid or slightly warm water is the answer to getting them to grow on. It's still early days yet but I'm quietly confident that I'm doing something right.
On the whole it does sound that things are coming on quite well and I suppose that's true to a certain extent. I didn't actually think that there was enough news to fill a new blog post but it seems that there is... I'm looking forward to being able to actually eat more of the salad & vegetables and giving my thoughts a little later in the season. I'm particularly looking forward to the first cuttings of dill on a salmon fillet with some salad from the garden. It might have to wait until July, but that's OK - it will make a very satisfying birthday lunch!