A weekend of glorious sunshine made for two long solid days of gardening and I am beginning to feel more like myself again thanks to it (albeit a little sore and achy). The Under-Gardener was also glad of the opportunity for a little outdoor inspection and supervision. I found myself musing on the importance of observation in the garden – knowledge and skill can be cribbed from the internet but that won’t help you if you aren’t able to see and to notice signs and changes. No amount of connectivity can replace your own senses. Thankfully.
I repaired these makeshift trellises (above in these two big pots on the patio, and tied in the climbers on them, both of them having taken a real battering in the recent storms. I tidied up the patio pots and fed a few things with slow release fertiliser. I neglect my pots terribly and they look so much happier when given a bit of love. Last year I fed late in the year and was astonished how they perked up, so this year I’m determined to look after them properly from the get-go. The seeds sown in the cold frame on New Year’s Day (below) are shoeing mixed results – some of the onions have succeeded but it’s not an amazing success rate and the red Italian variety have failed altogether – not really all that surprising, I should have thought that any Italian veg would dislike the English Winter climate really! Broad beans doing well though, these can be planted out when they’re just a bit bigger. Starting them in pots definitely helps a little in the battle against mouse, vole and mollusc. Mmmmmm baby broad bean pasta… yum.
Published by Notes from the Under-Gardener
Keen amateur gardener, tending a large home garden growing flowers, fruit and veg, ably supported by husband and dog.
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