My seed order arrived this week. Do you think I’ve overdone it a little?!
In my defence I fully intend to plant everything I’ve ordered, but I can already tell we’re going to struggle to find room for everything. It’s the same every year, I always end up juggling what goes where – you’d think I’d learn but apparently not! I’d rather this than not have enough plants though, I can’t handle the idea of big patches of ground that aren’t growing anything. And more plants in the ground = less weeds, right?
I couldn’t bear the sight of so much promise in little packets without doing something, so I’ve been making a start on planting this week. This is the first year we’ve had a greenhouse and it’s great to be able to start the sowing a bit earlier.
Being in there in the sunshine was like a little taste of Spring, it was the first time in months that I’ve been warm while gardening. A real contrast to the hard frost outside…
Warmed by the greenhouse, I decided to tackle the compost heap – I know, the glamour! We built the compost boxes about a year ago and haven’t used any compost from them yet, but when I turned it to get some air in things were looking pretty promising underneath.
You know you’ve been properly sucked into the whole gardening thing when you get excited about compost! There were loads of worms in there doing their job very well, next time the kids are at the allotment they’ll have a great time studying what they’re up to.
Back home in the garden, Sam has been planting up some primroses he chose at the garden centre; in true kid style he went for the brightest ones he could find so we’ve now got a real shot of colour outside our front door!
This kind of slower-paced pottering is what I’ve been missing most about gardening during the Winter. In the colder weather it’s been a case of ‘get it done then get back inside’, which is better than nothing but nowhere near as good for the soul. I can’t wait until it warms up!
Joining in with Annie’s ‘How Does Your Garden Grow’ series at Mammasaurus