Last year was one of the wettest years on record and most of my fruit and veg was ruined. This year I’m hoping and praying for better weather, but so far there’s little sign of improvement as it’s still constantly raining or snowing and it’s freezing, and I mean perishingly cold which makes it hard to get anything outdoors done. I’ve never known so many birds visit the feeders, and I’ve had to buy three more to keep up with them.
And it’s not just the birds. I went out today and caught Duggy googling things like Spanish villas, sangria testing, etc, so I think I may be losing him…and the cat!
Yet despite the gloomy weather there are signs of spring, the daffs and crocus are out and I even saw a few cherry blossoms on our trees today.
Today I began chitting the potatoes. I’m going to to try and grow as much food as I can in the greenhouse this year as at least I can control how much water they get in there. The potatoes will go in the veggie patch in a week or so…..
Last year I took the runners from the strawberry plants that I grow in an old chiminea and started a new strawberry patch. It’s amazing how many new plants you can get from one old one. Having said that, the dogs ate the lot!
Behind the new strawberry plants I’m hoping to grow delphiniums, one of my favourite cottage garden plants.
And I’ve bought six new fruit trees, apple, cherry and apricots. I think I’ll plant them in tubs for the first year and plant them out next year as it does get windy around here. It gives them a better start.
Another job needing sorting, my veggie patch! I actually still have some onions and beetroot growing here. They have been in since last spring so I imagine they will be as tough as old boots!
Meanwhile, the greenhouse is quickly filling up. I can do without Sam squeezing himself in there. I bought a lemon tree yesterday that has lots of new fruits on so I’m looking forward to fresh lemons in the summer. Yum!
And finally, my speedy cress turned out to be speedy after all! And along with the cress I have raddish, garlic, broccoli, cosmos, marigolds and stock sprouting! Bring on the good weather eh?