Yup. Snow. Heavy snow. This is probably going to be a pretty big disaster for all the plants seduced into blossom by the gorgeous weather we’ve been having lately and all the delicate young plants I have planted out over the last couple of weeks. Even hardy plants will surely be pretty shocked by going from 15-18 or so degrees to this.
I have brought in some refugees from the polytunnel where they had been sitting this morning in brilliant sunshine with the door of the tunnel wide open. I am struggling to find enough space for everything indoors, especially since the wood burning stoves are going to be installed so two rooms have to be cleared before work commences on Wednesday. Aaargh! Not a good day.
We were expecting it to be rather a damp weekend but although we have had a few showers, most of the time it has continued rather dry and not too cold. It was warm enough yesterday to sit out in the garden for a while. I also took the time to earth up the first early potatoes one last time.
I have been working flat out today as there is so much that needs to be done in the house, polytunnel and garden. Here is what I have managed to do so far:
– Pot up lots of squash and cucumbers.
– Pot up a huge forest of tomatoes.
– Pot up all the bell and chili peppers.
– Plant out brussels sprouts into the vegetable beds.
– Plant out peas and beans into the forest garden.
– Add some companion plants to the polytunnel.
– I have also planted a few more lettuce seeds and pak choi to keep supplies going.
Lovely flowers are springing into bloom in the polytunnel on the peas and beans and all around the garden.
While I was working today amazing progress has been made on the pond. I think it looks fantastic and I am sure it will look even better once the water has cleared and the plants have had a chance to take over.
We are expecting rain but it has not come yet. It is a shame that it comes on the weekend but the plants do all desperately need it – we have even had to fill the water butts from the tap a couple of times because we’ve had so little rain! With any luck the watery theme will continue and we will get the rain that is forecast.
We have finally got round to building our herb spiral (the first part of our design for the space next to the vegetable beds) and planting out some herbs and marigolds into it. I think it looks really good and should provide a range of habitats for all our herbs.
First of all I laid out cardboard to suppress the grass beneath, we then used biomass from the garden – thin woody cuttings, last year’s dead montbretia leaves and lots of grass cuttings – to build up a mound. We then covered the pile with compost. Stones dug from the vegetable beds form walls to complete the spiral.
As you can see, we also planted out the first lot of herbs from inside. Along with the parade of marigolds, we also have so far planted out chives, parsley, chervil, dill and coriander.
In the next few months it will soon fill up with the thyme and oregano that are already growing inside, rosemary and some basil (in addition to the basil that will be growing beneath the tomatoes in the polytunnel). I will also plant successionally over the summer. The herb spiral should provide many of our herbs but there will be more herbs acting as companion plants for some of the vegetables.
This morning I got out bright and early into the garden, the sun was shining and after giving everything everywhere a good water I planted out all my kohlrabi and some beetroots, while my husband made a basic netted frame to protect them from the pigeons.
Six of the eight vegetable beds are now populated, though I will still be adding some more companion plants. In addition to planting out the seedlings I direct sowed some mixed salad, little gem lettuces and radishes along the sides of the bed which will have a wide row of peas down the middle.
We have also had plenty of time this afternoon just sitting and relaxing outside. It was really warm again. Our main challenge at the moment seems to be making sure that everything gets enough water – we have had very little rain recently.
This evening, the home brew has reached the bottling stage.
That should be good for future sunny Saturdays in our garden.