It has been a while since my last Blog post. The winter period was very quiet as we had much more cold and wet weather than the previous year thus making it difficult to do much outside except tidy up and protect any sensitive plants. Spring has been slow in arriving and we are still getting some cold winds and the occasional flurry of snow!
Outside the flowers have emerged. We had some early snow drops and the crocus bulbs flowered but neither last very long. The plum cherry bushes have been full of white blossom suggesting we can expect a good crop of plums this year. We are now just waiting for our large flowering cherry tree to explode with blossom.
I have started off some seeds in the greenhouse including, leeks, cauliflower, lettuces, sweetcorn and climbing french beans. Unfortunately I may have to pot up some more sweetcorn as I suspect a recent frost has damaged some of the seedlings that had emerged. I have also put some early potatoes onto a tray to get the shoots started and will need prepare an area for planting soon.
Outside I have put some spring onion, lettuce, radishes, beetroot, carrot and parsnip seeds in my new raised beds. I thought having the beds would make it easier to keep the weeds under control.
In my polytunnel I lost a few strawberry plants so I will need to add some more. I have refreshed the compost so hoping for another good crop this year. I have also decided to re-plant my red grape vine outside to see if it will grow as well as my green grape vine. Fingers crossed we do not have too many late frosts.
I am starting to experiment with taking cuttings from various shrubs to see if I can cultivate them and perhaps sell them to help buy some more compost. I am also going to see if I can start off a few Bonsai trees. I have a few small cherry plum trees that I think could be used to make some interesting trees and I may try with some of the smaller fuchsia varieties.
So now hoping for some warmer weather so I can start preparing more of the garden for some outside planting.