Early spring planting

Yesterday was a lovely day so I got my early spring planting done and then read in the garden for a while. Couldn’t have asked for better weather. I love the early spring sunny days, when it’s warm enough to sit outdoors but never gets too hot as it’s barely in double figures. Perfect!

Seeds sown:

  • More basil, both indoors and outside (in the greenhouse)
  • Coriander – planted in a pot outside
  • Chives – also in a pot outside
  • Mint in a pot shoved in the greenhouse
  • Lettuce and salad leaves – both in a mushroom box in the greenhouse
  • Peas and spring onions – both straight into the veg patch, half a row each

The thyme, basil and parsley have not shown any sign of life yet so I fear they never will germinate. I am giving the thyme and parsley a bit longer but have pretty much given up on the basil (not chucked it though, just in case!).

As an added bonus I saw a wren in my garden, which I’m really pleased with as they are easy to miss since they stay hidden most of the time. This brings the species seen in/over my garden to 16.

How the garden looks now
How the garden looks now
Greenhouse starting to fill up
Greenhouse starting to fill up
Mushroom trays are so useful!
Mushroom trays are so useful!
Just waiting for the peas and spring onions to appear
Just waiting for the peas and spring onions to appear
The hawthorn is showing signs of spring at last!
The hawthorn is showing signs of spring at last!
Spot the Polly!
Spot the Polly!
Home-made hedgehog house
Home-made hedgehog house
Mmm, bird seed!
Mmm, bird seed!

After my seed-sowing activities I used some old tyres to mark out roughly where the pond will go and checked the size. I will easily be able to fit a pond of around 3.5m by 2m in the space available and that size means the cost of the liner won’t be unreasonable. I’m currently trying to source some cheap paving slabs for the front to save the wildflower meadow from being trampled but it’s hard to find ones that are easy to pick up locally and aren’t huge (I only want 40x40cm ones). Failing that Wickes sell them for £2.16 each but after adding VAT and delivery it comes to quite a lot. I’m sure it’ll be worth it though 🙂

The next job is to pull up the wood spurge that has re-appeared at the very front of the front garden and to move the rose in preparation for planting lavender. I have already bought some grit to help improve drainage in that area and will add that with some of the spoil from the pond at Easter. I need to plant some potatoes as well but a friend has bought a job lot and is sharing them with me so I’m just waiting until I see her to get them. Next sowing will be April also – it’s going to be a busy month!

I have set a calendar alarm to remind me to water things – this is my biggest issue!!

Veg plot

Today we were gifted with a beautiful sunny, breezy day, despite the weather forecast telling me it would rain all weekend. I therefore decided to spend most of the day in the garden since more digging was needed – my favourite job!

See below for before and after pictures. I should have taken the ‘after’ picture before spreading the comfrey leaves on as it doesn’t look very finished now! I will dig the comfrey in a little next time I get out there but right now I want to sit down and rest my aching bones!

Before
Before
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After

Once the bush, rose and miscellanous self-set tree had been removed I created a tool for use as a hoe…

It's amazing what duct tape can do
It’s amazing what duct tape can do
Handle fashioned from a bit of an old fence panel
Handle fashioned from a bit of an old fence panel

…and finished it off with some edging to help suppress weeds and to help designate the area for veg:

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Guess what I made the edging out of!

I then spent several minutes trying to get a decent shot of a red kite…easier said than done!

Count the kites!
Count the kites!
Love the downbeat on this one
Love the downbeat on this one
Just love that manoeuving ability!
Just love that manoeuving ability!
More agility
More agility

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I have that happy knackered feeling now. Only one job left to do today: clean out the hamsters! Then I can settle down to a film while doing some cross stitch 🙂

I couldn't let you go without a picture of the wter butts now could I?!
I couldn’t let you go without a picture of the water butts now could I?!