I was out in the potting shed yesterday morning and sowed the first seeds of my 2019 gardening season – sweet peppers, leeks, purple sprouting broccoli and some salads. They’ll all be inside for the next few weeks, as although the weather is unseasonably warm, it cannot be relied upon.
Working on the sowing list.— Unconventional Emma (@emmathegardener) March 4, 2019
Step 1: look at kitchen garden plan, and write down what needs to be grown from seed.
Step 2: rifle through the seed box to find the right packets and appropriate sowing dates.
The next March batch of seed sowing will involve spinach, parsley and chard, but I will wait a week or so before I do those. And I have scheduled sweetcorn, carrots, French beans & courgettes for April. It’s hard not to keep adding things to the list, but it’s important to remember I have a finite amount of space!
Step 3: find all kinds of interesting seeds in the seed box, and add those to the list, too.— Unconventional Emma (@emmathegardener) March 4, 2019
Step 4: schedule in a series of mini breakdowns through the season, as I try and juggle looking after far too many seedlings, & am then faced with the harsh truth that there is no space.
Although sowing the first seeds of spring is a lovely thing, it was a bit bittersweet for me. My lovely lavender potting shed is soon to be dismantled and sent off to a new home, in order to make way for a considerable garden transformation. We’re having a new fence, which will encompass the extra strip of garden to the front of the garage block, which has always been a bit problematic to look after as it could only be reached from the road.
Once the fence is replaced, Ryan is going to fill that space with a big workshop, and my lavender shed will make way for a patio area in front of the workshop. This summer we should have somewhere to sit in the shade, which will be nice. In due course I will take over Ryan’s Seagrass potting shed on the other side of the garden. And repaint it lavender 🙂
I have been using two plastic ‘dalek’ style compost bins in the extra strip of garden. It wasn’t the most convenient location – running down the road with a compost bucket – and in the new layout there’s nowhere for them to go. They (and a big black water butt) will need to find new homes. I am thinking of putting them by the side of the road with a ‘free to a good home’ notice on them, and hope that someone will take them in. Ryan’s solution is a bit more brutal – cutting them up and putting them in the recycle bin. They’re made of HDPE (like these wheelie bins), so they are recyclable, but it seems a bit of a waste to have to do that when they have a lot of life left in them.
In preparation for the fence work, I have had to prune my kiwi ‘Jenny’ so she is no longer clinging to the fence, or her wires. She’ll be draped gracefully over a raised bed while the fence is replaced, and then given new wires to cling to. The Japanese wineberry and the mints also got a good prune while I was there. And we dug up the Morello cherry and planted it in the wild hedge across the road. When I bought it, the description said its fruit was less attractive to birds than the sweeter cherries, and I thought it would be a good fruit for a shady corner. Unfortunately the local blackbirds didn’t get the memo, and ate all of the fruit before it was ripe, circumventing any attempt to net the tree. If it thrives in the hedge they are welcome to the fruit; I am thinking of replacing it with a fan trained plum instead.
This post has been produced in collaboration with Wheelie Bin Solutions, but the words and thoughts are (as ever) my own.