It’s the first week of February and because of the warmish winter, the gardening signs of spring have sprung. Daffodils, crocus, and snow drops are flowering in my garden. Buds are forming on my climbing vines and roses.
Over the weekend I cut the lawn and weeded for the first time in 2016. It has made me excited in the anticipation of warmer weather and, therefore, the ability to get out the house without layering up in scarves, hats, gloves and boots! As a mum of two energetic boys thats an Enormous time-saver! My gardening side-kicks always love getting out and ‘helping’ me with odds and ends. These events always end up in me trying to get six pairs of muddy hands to the sink -without creating a muddy mess throughout the house. It’s all good fun though and a great way to expel kiddy energy fast.
This week I have to look at what I’d like to grow in terms of vegetables and fruit and create a plan for when to plant seeds. Last year I made the mistake of planting tomatoes and sowing runner beans far too late, and by the time it came to picking the crop- constant rain and early frost came along and killed off everything. It was utterly disappointing!
Last year I planted a couple of berry plants, from what I understand they should fruit this year. I have an olive plant that has never had fruit-I need to research what is going on there as it is otherwise a healthy plant!
An experimental simple compost heap of grass-cuttings and fallen leaves has been started in a corner of my garden that doesn’t seem to grow anything successfully. I’m hoping that by keeping it simple, the matter will break down faster.
As a busy mum, simply getting time in the garden can be a mission in itself. I’m forever checking the weekly forecast and hoping the rain will hold off at a ‘convenient’ time. In other words: not over meal times, nappy-changing times, school runs, tantrum-throwing times…you get the picture! When the magic window of opportunity opens-my boots are on and the garden door is flung open before anything else has the chance to spoil my time in the garden!