The garden has been so patient, waiting for me and the weather. Getting this garden planted out is really happening in fits and starts. Yesterday was so foggy, misty, and drizzly that it wasn’t worth going out. It was the kind of humid that soaks into your bones and I decided not to attempt it. The last thing I need right now is to catch a normal cold and worry endlessly about it being the ‘other’ one, in spite of no one going anyway except Hubby the Un-Gardener clicking and collecting gardening supplies for me and shopping for food.
Today was a better day. It was still gloomy, but I could see to the end of the garden, which is always good. The upside is the plants are loving the conditions and the ones that are planted are settling in nicely and the ones still to be planted aren’t getting as stressed as they would on a sunny day. It eases my mind a little, although I still feel a sense of urgency and a sense of responsibility. I brought them into this world and now they are sitting around restrained in pots when they should be free and stretching their roots. There isn’t long to go now. The cucumber bed just needs the last crop to be eaten – I think we may be eating celeriac all week! Once it’s gone, I can give the soil some love and set up structures and plant the cucumbers.
The leafy green bed just needs a weed and a love and then they can go in. The Melons need to grow a little bigger and the temperatures need to warm up a little more for the Okra, so their leaves don’t drop off upon planting like they have done in previous years. This year I’m keeping them warm in the greenhouse until it is warmer outside.
And the Tomatoes are getting desperate. But I need give the soil love and build their structures and then I can plant them out. However, Hubby the Un-Gardener had to go back to collect an essential item that got clicked but not collected, so as soon as I have everything I need then they can get my full attention.
The things that have been weighing on my mind lately have been the seeds I like to direct sow. Because they aren’t as physically present and demanding as plants, I put them to one side to sow later. I began to worry if I didn’t plant them soon enough it will be too late. It won’t be too late, as the seed sowing window is open for another month or so, with a good chance of getting a full harvest. But I worried nonetheless.
So today I gathered all the seeds that need direct sowing into the soil and delivered them into their new positions. The soil was warm and damp, perfect for sowing seeds and then as soon as I came inside it started to rain, so they will be off to a good start and I certainly won’t need to worry about them drying out, not for a while if the weather forecast is anything to go by.
I sowed parsnips and radish, that prefer to be directly sown. I’ve been meaning to sow the parsnips for weeks, or probably months. I added more carrots from a fresh seed packet to the carrot row a couple of days ago because the half a dozen that had only popped up from 3 previous sowings were bugging me. Hopefully I’ll get a good thick row there.
Next, I sowed the sweetcorn and the beans. There are too many plants to fill the bed to be bothered trying to manage them in pots. And they do just fine planting straight into the soil I always sow extra, like how a friend pointed out – ‘an heir and spare’ into each hole. I either remove the weakest one or relocate it to a spot nobody came up in. And I like to pop a dozen down the side of the bed in case I need to fill gaps. It is always better to do it that way than trying to fill a gap with seeds that will be 3 weeks behind all the other plants. Things grow fast in the warm weather.
I also sowed a row of peas for succession planting. The current row isn’t looking great – the birds have been pecking at it mercilessly. The new peas have no protection or support structures at this point, but I figure I have 7 – 10 days to worry about that. Other things need my time.
It was a nice time in the garden pushing large seeds into warm soil up to my first knuckle. But even better still, I feel the weight lifted as there is one less thing to worry about as I get closer to having it all done. Not long now.
Come again soon – a couple of good pushes and the garden will be planted.
Sarah the Gardener : o)