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.
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.
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.
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?