The days are at last getting longer and lots of plants can be started in the greenhouse this month. Isn’t that refreshing? Perhaps this blog will become colourful at last!
To mark the start of the growing season hubby got me a new pair of gloves from Labour&Wait. My previous pair was excellent but after 3 years of intensive use they started to fall apart.
We have big plans for this month like changing the whole veg part of our garden and building raised beds. I am sketching the plan furiously noting all the sowing months, crop rotation and considering the look of the beds as well as soil improvement. This will be our third year in this garden and after the first experimental year and second lazy year we are ready to take full advantage of the space we have got. Plants should be happy after another batch of horse manure and all the green manures we grew last year including a disappointingly small amount of grazing rye which seeds, I am sure, birds got to before it had a chance to sprout.
One thing is done – I have all the seeds I need and I started ‘chitting’ my salad potatoes two weeks ago. Adding to the gooseberry and black currant bushes I also got red and white currant plants which means the only small fruit to get are raspberries and blueberries.
Other important February jobs are getting my dahlia tubers out and hoping they survived winter. They can be put into pots mid February and, fingers crossed, they will get strong before the pesky slugs get to them.