Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Fabulous forsythia, fabulous foreground

Was that the clocks changing or did someone turn summer on?

No plot plan just yet, but instead getting stuck into the shed - earlier in the year the winter storms damamged lots of the lean-to and sheds on the site, including my taking the roof off the greenhouse - so spent all day sunday establishing run-off angles and torcs with my dad as we built the new roof of the greenhouse, and now that that has been done, it was to mix my metaphors, like the gardening floodgates opened...


Spent yesterday evening engaged in some heavy tillage and prepping the soil to a folk and blues comp featuring Donovan.  When we and my twin were claiming singers in our teens (we couldn't share - we were brothers!) Donovan was part of my artillery attack on the hippies - fey, boring and not Dylan ( here's his cruel and insecure dismissal of an over-eager Donovan with a stinging tongue in cheek rebuke that 'its all over now baby blue') So it was good to find a live LP from 68 which is making me think again -  featured this gorgeous song -  and good to find the early summer evening to enjoy it...

So I  had to water the ground as its been two weeks with no rain, in order to break up the compacted soil, and then give it another soak - always best to do this at night so the water goes deep rather than evaporating off the surface... which is a nice corresponding opposite to the rule that says to sow early - as the first two hours are most important and therefore its best if its warm... which is what I did this morning...

Got the onions in, intercropped with carrots...


... as well as the Early Onward peas, broad beans (meteor), lettuces (various), cabbages (Hispi, Red Rookie and Primo) as well as the Olympia calabrase.  Pruned the blackcurrants, probably a little too late, but the stivcks will provide cover for the peas... and mulched the gooseberries...