First up, I wanted to say, to my fibre and yarn friends and followers, please don’t feel you need to read and comment on my gardening posts. It’s easier for me to have everything in one blog but if you aren’t interested in gardening then just skip the Garden Diary posts. They’ll be clearly signposted and have no crafting/fibre news as that will remain in my YOP updates on a Sunday. 🙂
Spring is (sometimes) in the air and its time to get planting! We are getting some mixed weather with warmer days and then very cold winds and rainy days and a snow warning. This morning there was frost on the greenhouse, but that’s Spring in the Highlands.
I’m a little worried about the conifers I turned into Minions last year..some aren’t looking too good so I’m hoping I haven’t killed them!
At this time of year the greenhouse also means our sunroom too, as it’s too cold for some seeds to germinate in there.
On Monday I planted:
- Pak Choi
- Kale baby leaf^
- Cosmos flowers
- After flowers
* in my heated propagator. The cucumbers were sprouting mid-week and the courgettes are now coming up!
^ in the greenhouse in their final position. These are hardier so I am hoping will be fine but probably a little slow to get going.
We are still in the process of replacing the beds which is easier as a 2 person job and we are only up for doing one a day. So we haven’t replaced them all yet.
Pots and containers
When I cleared out the flower raised beds in autumn most of our pots had a columbine or lupin plants shoved in for keeping. So I have limited pots for doing much with this year unless we make a flower border for all the flowers to go in.
My husband doesn’t want another border that needs weeding…its me that does 99% of the weeding. I’m still considering doing a no dig flower border where you put some cardboard down to smother the grass, pop some soil or compost on top, water it and wait for the cardboard to break down and its ready for planting. Where it should go is the next question.
- Finish replacing the raised beds and start planting in them.
- Trim remaining conifers.
- Put some tree stump killer on the eucalyptus.
- Final decision about a new flower border.
- Plant more veg seeds.
- Plant the bare bit of fence before the plants grow too much and hide it!
These Garden Diary posts will be ad hoc, not on a particular day.