February in London seems to be one of those months which is split between oohhing and aaahhing over spring flowers and getting muddy and dirty digging through soil and applying compost. ‘No pain, no gain’ is the mantra that goes through my head as I stand up and stretch my sore back and blow my runny nose in the cold.
I’ve bought seed packets for spring onions, cherry tomatoes, purple broccoli and peas. They all recommend sowing outdoors in March, so I have a bit of time yet. Meanwhile we are still experiencing frosty mornings, hopefully as March rolls in this will stop happening!
The advise on gardening websites is to now remove the top layer of soil in containers and feed them with more compost. So this week I’ve been hauling buckets of compost around my garden. Over the years I’ve collected quite a few potted plants, so this is no small task! Between busy days, horrible weather and being a Mum, I’ve actually not finished this task… I am thinking about where to plant my seeds, so wherever these places are, they will also need digging up and feeding.
One of my aunty’s who is a garden-lover shared that she has noticed in the areas that she has spent a lot of time digging and turning over the soil, the plants seemed to have fared better. So it’s on with my old faded jeans (with patched up holes), my old favourite turtle-necked jumper and muddy boots, and out I go again in the windy, grey day to mess around with mud!