Last week was very wet and windy at times for many of us here in the UK. I looked round the plot on Friday morning when it was calmer and was relieved to see that all was okay. It certainly wasn’t the best of starts to the new year for many gardeners.
Yesterday was calm, dry and mild so I spent the morning plotting. A few hours tidying and weeding in the fresh air was most welcome. Keeping me entertained were well over twenty parakeets flying round together and in smaller groups squawking away as usual. I’m told that at dawn and dusk perhaps as many as a couple of hundred can now be seen!
The coming week’s forecast is looking good so I shall certainly be doing some more plotting, and if the ground has dried out a bit even do some digging.
This year I’m hoping to grow better and successionally, and I’ll be growing pretty much what I did last year but in some cases different varieties. I’ll be trying broad bean Medes, runner bean Red Rum and sweet corn Sundance all of which have the coverted RHS Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
The horticultural society tradng shed has been closed the past two Sundays and reopened this morning. It was fairly busy as during the week we took delivery of seed potatoes, onion and shallot sets. I’ll be growing first early potatoes Vales Emerald, second earlies Charlotte & Kestrel and maincrop Desiree. My onions will be Sturon, which I hope to be planting out at the end of February or the beginning of March.
Reading various gardening blog posts during the past week there’s been a definite sense of here we go again!