but I’m sorry, I still want a slight freeze. Right now we’ve had such a mild winter and a damp spring that I know I’m going to be fighting bugs all summer. In fact I’ve already planted a load of my flower and veg seeds and have been waking daily to destroyed plants as slugs sneakilly invade the greenhouse. I had a good germination of Cosmos and put them out in the greenhouse only to watch them disappear one by one. Similarly, I started the peas out in the greenhouse and was just contemplating planting them out when chomp, chomp the 4 inch tops were severed from their bottoms and left scattered on the matting. Grrrr. This could be a tough summer…think I might go get some nematodes for the veg patch!
Having said all that, it is fantastic to see the earth warming and the flowers blooming. Daffodils are one of my favourite flowers and they’ve been a joy to see after so long stuck indoors watching the rain come down. The PSB has been delicious and I was even unknowingly clever enough to plant two varieties that succeeded each other perfectly. The first was delicious as the rain came down and now the second variety is just coming through – now I just need to hold onto some for another week so I can take a pile to my father who lost all his early on.
I got the Broad Beans in the veg patch this weekend and hopefully they’ll be joined soon by some battered peas. I’ll probably keep the rest of my seedlings in the greenhouse a little longer to get really strong before venturing out to the snail army (that is, if I can keep the slugs out of the greenhouse!)
The next job is the hard work in the garden – emptying a few compost bins to really give those veggies a boost. Then I need to rebuild my pond which has sprung a very slow leak. Welcome Spring, welcome the hard work.