Barmy balmy weather

Well, March is certainly set to go out ‘like a lamb’. It feels more like the middle of summer here at the moment. Hotter than Barcelona apparently! It’s crazy, but I know not to be complacent, we can still get frost all the way until the end of May. Though that seems like a long a lifetime away yet.

As beautiful as it is, I do hope we get some April showers, as the ground desperately needs it, and I’ll struggle to get anything growing if this continues indefinitely. But for now, it’s nice to get working on the plot with a bit of sun on your back. I managed to get 3 rows of onions in (still have space for another couple) and sow a row of carrots and parsnips.

The daffodils have come up and flowered while my back was turned, they were a pleasant surprise when I turned up. And the red tulips which grow around the fruit trees are up too, almost ready to flower, so perfect for picking. In between the two rows of daffs I have sown some dwarf larkspur, which is like a delphinium but it’s an annual, and therefore flowers for longer. I’ve not tried growing it before though, so it’s a first for me. I’m also growing lots of cosmos at home (as it’s not quite as hardy) and what I can’t shoehorn into my small garden will be planted in between the daffodils as they die down.

I think this might become a permanent ‘bulbs and annual flowers for picking’ area. It’s in between the raspberries and the rhubarb, and I struggle to get anything very productive growing here, because the fruit on either side take up so many nutrients and so much moisture. The daffodils will grow while the fruit is dormant, so they won’t mind, and annual flowers really don’t need much in terms of nutrients or water, they’re better off without frankly, so it’s a good use of a bad spot.

There is apparently a growing trend for ‘cottage garden’ style allotments lately. Which I think is because more women are allotmenteering these days, and us girls love a few flowers. It certainly seems to be the case on our site. Some of the old men scoff at us, but they can scoff away for all I care. I think it’s a good move all round, as not only do you get flowers to take home for the house (which haven’t been imported at environmental cost by the supermarkets), you also get a lovely cheery looking plot, but most importantly of all, it’s good for the bees who pollenate and the ladybirds and hoverflies who hoover up the aphids. Those cottage gardeners knew what they were doing.

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