Garden update Monday 28 January

The weather has been a bit tempestuous over the last week. We have had sun, howling winds, snow, rain, and lots of dull, dull cloud. It’s enough to make anyone want to hibernate!

The garden, however, does want to get going. I can see there are small signs of life out there. A single aubretia flower, a couple of windswept crocus, small buds forming on the currant bushes for example.

I am so desperate for spring arrive, but I must remind myself that I have made progress. I have planted spring bulbs, well, some of them! Onions and garlic are quietly green, broad beans are snug in the raised beds.

The greenhouse has other ideas, it is tropical in there! Of course, as soon as the sun sinks it will be cold. I wonder if the strawberries I have in there will mind?

Greenhouse heatwave
Greenhouse heatwave

You little chits

Chitting potatoes
Small sprouts

I am happy! I have sprouts (chits) on my seed potatoes, tiny little ones, but they will grow. They arrived just a few days ago, see my post here.

In all honesty, I need to get organised. Spring isn’t really that far away, a little more than a month. The days are noticeably longer now, and soon we will be able to sow seeds in the greenhouse, and direct sow. But first some planning. I have four raised beds and lots of pots. And a very small fruit garden.

With snow forecast this week I may not get many opportunities to get in the garden. What I can do, however, sort out my seeds into order of month to be sown. Planning what to put in my remaining two empty beds for an early crop, and planning what to put in all four as a later crop are also a must.

What plans have you made?