Well a Sunday of continuous sunshine with temperature reaching 19degC here, so I really felt I needed to put in some work in the garden.
So, of course, I did some work in the greenhouse where it was even hotter! I’ve managed to get the potatoes chitting (just the ‘Maya Gold’ this year) – they’d already started shoots so won’t need long before they can be planted. Also, I managed to get a load of broad beans planted into pots. They are three varieties (just because I have them left over) – ‘The Sutton’, ‘Express’ and ‘Masterpiece Green Longpod’. Only a few beans of the ‘Express’ were left, and plenty of the other. I’ve planted around 40 beans altogether. I just hope I’ve managed to clear the rea they are going to grow in before they are too big.
I also forked over and dug over area B, and then transferred some of the surplus soil from the area where I’ve put the raised bed frames – three barrow-loads. So now I need to get a couple more frames to add to the existing ones, and then some soil of course.
Meanwhile the vegetation is getting the idea that it is spring – a couple of celandine flowers out now and the primroses are in full bloom (see below). I even saw a bee the other day, and the magpies have been busy collecting twigs from the garden. The blackbirds have become noticeably more intolerant, even ‘persuading’ to leave a couple of young thrushes that had ventured near the house and had the cheek to be eating some of the crumbs I’d put out.