Sunday, May 27, 2018

23 Apr

It feels like Christmas!

Hasn’t it been Glorious! The warmth has brought shoots of green everywhere. My beds outside now have a nice row of onion shoots and in the tunnel my broad beans are going great guns and the peas and carrots I planted 10 days ago have started to sprout. It is hard not to be filled with feelings of goodwill and optimism.

My title this week refers not to the weather of course, but the steady arrival in the post of seeds and plug plants. It is lovely, when one is used to the contents of the post being nothing but bills and junk, to greet the steady arrival of little boxes each containing some green treasure.

exciting post

exciting post

The first to arrive were lettuce and carrot seeds. The lettuce I have planted in seed trays and the carrots have been put in rows in the polytunnel. Next were dahlia tubors and freesia bulbs, which again I have planted straight in the tunnel – as always at this time of year I rapidly run out of space and I can see myself digging more beds before too long. The tunnel, although rapidly filling up, is proving a great succes. Somehow it seems easier to maintian order in there and it is great to have a space that is protected from the elements and vermin as I nervously check my outside beds for rabbit damage each morning.

The great excitement yesterday was the arrival of Asparagus, leeks and dahlias. They all arrive beautifully packaged in cardboard boxes. The excitement is heightened by the instructions – ‘ LIVE PLANTS OPEN IMMEDIATELY’ on the side of the box. I try not to be alarmed, but do feel the sense of urgency that is needed and open the boxes ASAP to be greeted by lovely healthy plugs ready for potting on. Which is were I must go now – I will be glad of the tunnel today as the weather has turned chilly again – I hope not for good……

progress in the tunnel

progress in the tunnel


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