Six on Saturday: 8 May 2021

Our niece in Gallashiels woke to a couple of inches of snow on Wednesday; we had rain in North Wales. Lots and lots of rain so far today, so it’s a good job I prepared this yesterday otherwise I’d have nothing to share for this week’s Six on Saturday.

Happily all four waterbutts are full to overflowing, yet a national newspaper has reported May heatwave is on the cards soon; but only after more wintry weather in ‘the North’. But though the temperature is set to increase, blustery winds are expected.

Wait for it . . .

(1) I’m still waiting for the first clemetis montana flowers to open fully, this is as good as it’s going to get until the weather warms up. Adam Frost, who presented last night’s Gardener’s World said everything in his garden is about 3 weeks behind; he lives in Lincolnshire – I’d say my garden is further behind again.

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Monthly Roundup: April 2021

Raised Bed preparation

Raised Bed A

I tackled this bed mid-month, hoping that we’d seen the last of frosty nights! The first thing was to clear away all the daffodil and narcissi pots to give access. Second – the temporary removal of the arch. Third, remove everything else and prune the fuchsia cuttings along the wall.

I rescued as many brassica leaves as I could (for our evening meal), then dug everything out, apart from the purple sprouting broccoli. I weeded, hoed to brake up the crust on the soil surface; added loads of chicken manure pellets; added the compost from five growing bags (my failed experiment to grow salad crops over winter), and raked and hoed everything again.

I’ve used a row of bricks to separate the fuchsias from the veg bed, added a ‘fleece’ layer (to start warming the soil) topped of with upturned hanging baskets to discourage cat activity, and replaced the arch in a new position – at the front of the bed where it will – hopefully – allow easier access to peas and beans (and provide some much needed shade while we have our morning coffee – once the beans have grown). All in all, a good morning’s work.

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Six on Saturday: 1 May 2021

Sunny and warm on Monday; rain showers on Tuesday; cold and wet on Wednesday; cold and hailstones on Thursday; frost on Friday. This morning started sunny so I’ve put my peas, beans, sweetpeas and dwarf raspberry outside. I wonder how long it will be before I have to recue them from hail. sleet or snow?

Last Monday evening, we ate the first home-grown salad of the year, consisting of mizuna leaves, flat parsley, and red-veined sorrel. (We had the same again last night with the addition of red salad bowl leaves) All of these were the only survivors of last year’s failed experiment to grow salad crops all year round; after months with little or no growth, they finally got going in March.

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