With all these lovely new shoots everywhere, it is hard to believe that among gardeners, the months of April and May are also known as “the hungry gap”. This is a stark disconnect with everyday supermarket shopping. We see the displays full of crunchy sugarsnap peas, juicy strawberries and ripe apricots alongside the familiar carrots, oranges and tomatoes. Spring, it seems, is a time of plenty.
The image on the plots is strikingly different. Many of the overwintered vegetables are now finished, like leeks and parsnips, and others are starting to shoot and go to seed, like kale and broccoli. The new shoots are still too small – root crops thin like needles, onions the size of cherries. Other crops first need to flower to set fruit.
The only crops that grow quickly enough to provide harvests during this time are leafy vegetables. And so we’ve returned from the plot yesterday…
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