The Beast has gone – gardening can begin

The ‘Beast from the East’ is no more!

Yes over the last couple of days all the snow hereabouts has melted (still lots in the N and Scotland). The temperature has risen enough to work outside and in the greenhouse – 10 degC outside yesterday and it reached the heights of 17 degC in the greenhouse!

So got round to a few jobs yesterday. and the day before I’ve planted more broad beans both ‘De Monica’ and ‘Aquadulce’. They maay be needed as I can see some gaps in the rows out in the raised bed now the snow has gone.

The broad beans in pots are now out of the propagator and in a tray and some of them are pretty much ready to plant out in the next few days. More shoots have appeared, so the germination rate looks rather better than when I last posted.

Being rather hopeful I’ve also planted some cucumber seeds – ‘Burpless Tasty’ and ‘Baby’ which are now in pots on the kitchen window ledge. Also in the same tray are a couple of pots of tomatoes (new seeds bought a couple of weeks ago) – ‘Alicante’& ‘San Marzano 2’ (rather like Pomodoro).

On top of that I’ve planted some flower seeds – sweet peas, several varieties and half a small tray of geranium and cosmos – in a half tray and inside the house inside a plastic bag by a window.

I’ve also finally cleared the ‘salad’ raised bed and covered it with my rather old long cloches – current plan is to plant beans in that bed (was a garlic bed last year) but I may yet change my mind…

Even though temperatures have risen, the daffodils in my bed of bulbs haven’t recovered yet, still look very sad.

Sad daffodils – knocked down by the frosts

Some spring flowers are out though, berengia (elephant ears) of course, plus some pulmonaria and at the bottom of the garden primroses (see below).

Pulmonaria

Berengia – ‘Elephants Ears’

Primroses

Still plenty of clearing up and other work to be done in the garden yet though!

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