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.
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.
I always have to remind myself not to panic when I see others have sown their vegetable seeds and are even potting them on into larger pots or planning to plant them outside. This post is to remind myself to do things in my own time, based on previous years, as it will all work out in the end. Better late than never, and if something fails, just try again.
Leeks: Lyon (12 cells), Musselburgh (4 cells)
18 February 2021
And after three weeks – LEEKS! Yes, they’re tiny, but they’ve germinated and are growing.