Monday, 20 May 2013


There comes a time each year when a gardener has to take a leap of faith and plant out the veggie seedlings, hoping that the last of the hard frosts is gone and everything will work out OK.  It's not dissimilar to letting your children out of the house alone!  Are they going to be alright?  Have I done enough to protect them?  Are they ready?


I'm a bit behind with my garden this year but am feeling confident that I'll catch up. Considering the odd weather we're experiencing I think my slow start may have been a good thing.  

I'm finding that there's a lot of fear among gardeners this year, fuelled mostly by apocalyptic talk from the weather forecasters.   My neighbour, for instance, is quite convinced that it's going to snow in June.  The truth is that none of us really know what the weather will do - we just have to keep going and hope for the best.

flowering currant bushes

For now, my garden is looking promising.  Lots of worms in the soil, flower bulbs all behaving as they should, potato plants peeking out of the soil in their containers, masses of flowers on my currant bushes and (albeit late) blossom is emerging on the large fruit trees - including the apple tree which didn't do anything at all last year.

The beginnings of sugarsnaps

I planted out radishes, beetroot, kale, cavelo nero, swiss chard, peas, sugar snaps and dahlias this weekend and was delighted to see that they'd survived overnight without interference from any pests.  

I also planted some more summer flower bulbs, sowed more seeds in the greenhouse and Cameron and I did lots of weeding (the dandelions are in force this year!).

The only things growing slowly are some heirloom sweet peas.  I do hope they pick up.  Flower growing is a new thing for me, really - I usually only grow what I can eat but I thought it'd be fun to add in some flowers this year after falling in love with The Language of Flowers.

tulip 2

Indoors on the windowsill I have climbing bean, tomato, courgette and squash plants which I'm excited to see flourish.  I'm not quite ready to let them outdoors yet. Soon, though, I think.

I'm still harvesting last years kale and winter salad leaves and the rhubarb is springing up faster than we can eat it!

What's going on in your garden at the moment?  Is your growing being affected by the odd weather?


  1. Well I got excited the other week when we had 2 days of sun and put out some herbs, well the basil didn't make it.:( So I have brought the others back in, and have some tomato, pepper, courgettes, and beans that are growing nicely but still inside. I'll brave it in a few days.

    1. I'm sorry to hear about your basil, Gail. I hope you have better luck with your others.

  2. We start our veggies in late February, we get them started and keep them in their starter pots on the back patio until we plant them in our raised garden bed in late march or early April. We keep the cold at bay using a PVC pipe and clear plastic drop cloth greenhouse that my dad designed and one person can build and take apart at will, and change the size easily if needed. We put the starters on the patio and put the greenhouse over it. It is (very) light enough to pick up and move if needed, and to water the plants. Our tomatoes are over 3 feet tall now, and our squash, cucumber and cantaloupe plants are enormous. We have limited space, so our crops choices are limited. We have already harvested a few tomatoes and the rest has just begun fruiting because we had to wait for the bees to wake up. :-)

    1. That all sounds wonderful - you must live somewhere very warm to get things outside in February!

    2. No, we live in Northern California. Our homemade greenhouse keeps the plants warm enough to survive. If we bought them that early they would die otherwise. :-)

  3. spending more and more time out in the garden, getting back up and running, planted out runner beans, peas and sowed more salad leaves
    weeded like a mad woman, where do the come from ! woodchip mulched a border to stand pots on, looks much better was turning into weed central
    still so much to do but happy work, feel good for hands in the soil, aching back from bending and dirt under my nails

    1. I'm impressed at how much you manage to get done, Denise - you are an amazing woman!

  4. I know what you mean about putting your seedlings out I always seem to miss time it! I too planted out peas and beans this week and onions and sowed some more potatoes. Every thing else is staying in the warmth of the polytunnel. :)


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