IS ANY ONE GETTING A BIT ANXIOUSE YET CONCERNING THE PLANTING AND HOW ITS GONNA BE A BIT LATE,OR AM I WORRYING OVER NOTHING.ABOUT THE WEATHER.
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DON'T WORRY HAPPY! WE ARE ALL ANXIOUS TO GET GOING BUT THAT'S JUST TO SATISFY OUR GARDENING CRAVINGS; IN TRUTH, IT'S ACTUALLY STILL QUITE EARLY FOR MOST THINGS. REMEMBER WE CAN STILL GET FROSTS IN MAY!
SOME PERENNIALS & BARE ROOT PLANTS THAT I'VE HAD DELIVERED ALREADY HAVE BEEN POTTED ON & WILL GO IN THE GROUND WHEN THEY ARE A BIT MORE ESTABLISHED & THE GROUND WARMS UP A BIT. ALL MY SUMMER FLOWERING BULBS HAVE GONE IN POTS TOO & WILL BE PLANTED OUT WHEN THEY ARE LEAFY.
I HAVE DIVIDED & MOVED A FEW THINGS BUT REALLY IT IS A BIT EARLY FOR ANY YOUNG PLANTS.
SATISFY YOUR DESIRE BY PLANTING UP SOME TUBS WITH BULBS OR SOW SOME SEEDS IN TRAYS,JUST KEEP THEM OUT OF ANY HEAVY RAIN.THEN AT LEAST YOU WILL FEEL THAT YOU HAVE MADE A START.
29 Mar, 2008
It is early for most things but I have planted early peas which are just showing, and garlic and shallots and plan to plant some things in the greenhouse ready to plant out when the ground warms. Also remember some things can be planted in autumn this year to give you an early start next spring eg broad beans, onions etc. If you plant some purple sprouting broccoli this spring it takes 10 months to mature but it fills the lean gap now when not much else is available, and I am still picking leeks which went in last spring too.
30 Mar, 2008
Dont worry. Its not too late to start planting.As Poppy mentions we can still have frosts in May. Ive noticed garden centres offering bedding plants and plants for hanging baskets for sale already. With the cold winds and possible frosts they would all die straight away if they were planted outside now. They have to stay indoors or in a heated greenhouse for some time yet.Once things warm up along with the soil it will be safe then to start planting. Ive put summer bulbs out and Dahias and lilies, but they are sheltered here in our garden and hopefully wont come to any harm.
Ive got masses of seeds growing indoors, but I can transfer them to bigger pots then gradually introduce them outdoors, but not for some time yet.
In addition to bedding, I start off almost all of my outdoor veggies in trays, cells or pots in the greenhouse now. This includes beetroot, cauliflower, beans (runner and broad), cabbage, sweetcorn, lettuce and other salad leaves, courgettes, tomato, cucumber, broccoli, sprouts, leek. Others, which include radish and chard, are sown and put in the cold frames. Doing so provides sturdier plants to plant out after the frosts, or in better weather, which can stand up better in the face of inclement weather, disease, or pests. I really believe that, wherever we are, we can no longer garden month-by-month, but have to learn to read the local climate and use our intuitive
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