The sun shined almost all day today. Once I was forced to shelter in the greenhouse and the other time the drops were so fat I thought that is was probably set in for the day so I came inside, scrubbed up and made a cuppa tea. Then I looked out the window to see blue sky again. This is the craziest weather. The boffins at the weather office are predicting a cold snap with frosts and further south… snow. We won’t get snow but a frosty morning or two wouldn’t come as a complete surprise, especially at this time of year.
So a spring day with a couple of spring showers but mostly warm sunbeams really only mean one thing… get gardening. I have what seems like a huge amount of work to be done so I went out into the garden and did a huge amount of work!
The first job I knew I needed to tackle was where the peppers were last year and where this year’s salad is due to go. The problem is last year I had a whole load of flower seedlings I grew and didn’t have anywhere to put them. I sowed the seeds with good intentions that never materialised. I was also given some perennial flowers that were in my Nanas garden before she moved into an old folk’s home. I just had to find a space. Meanwhile I was having such a dreadful time germinating peppers so there was heaps of space in the pepper bed where peppers should have been, so I ‘temporarily’ put the flowers in the gaps, and soon it was a beautiful riot of colourful flowers.
In the tradition of my gardening journey, having flowers in my veggie garden has taught me another valuable lesson: if you are going to have flowers in your veggie garden, make sure you deadhead regularly and don’t let them go to seed! Having said that Nigella – Love in the mist, has such a lovely seed head – almost as nice as the flower. So guess what I have been doing – pulling out hundreds of Nigella seedlings. At first it felt wrong. These weren’t weeds they were flowers! So I carefully rescued a dozen and transplanted them into pots for later, and the rest were destined for the compost heap. If the transplanted ones don’t survive, as they had quite a tap root and I have also discovered plants with tap roots don’t transplant well; then I will just have to sow more seeds, which will seem ridiculous being as I just threw hundreds away!
But now the bed has been cleared to make way for the salad seedlings, and Hubby the Un-Gardener got in there and turned it over for me. The soil is still a little too damp to plant anything yet – but with the imminent frost that’s probably a good thing, or I would have planted things. I also got Hubby the Un-Gardener to turn over the soil in the “leafy greens” bed. So the soil drying out program is now in full swing.
I need to sow my seed potatoes, but while the soil is weed free and kind of fluffy – it is still too wet. I reckon if I put a cup of soil in my salad spinner I’d get a litre of water back out! Well maybe I exaggerate – but I could make a decent pottery vase from the damp soil. I need this bed to dry out or my potatoes will have chitted too far. I’ve never over-chitted before. I hope my spuds will be ok.
Come again soon – the garden is getting closer to being spring ready – so long as we don’t get any more spring showers.
Sarah the Gardener : o)