Will Spring Ever Arrive?
By Angie, Mar 28 2013 10:00AM
Clearly, my post about March arriving and the invitation to start sowing seeds has invited the worst March weather ever! Almost without fail, every gardener I know is completely preoccupied with discussing the terrible weather - me included!
Progress on plot 37 (the new) is slow, the clay soil I have been digging (for what seems like forever!) is too wet to continue digging at the moment, thanks to the recent snow and rain. I dare say I could throw a few good pots with it though!
Thankfully, our bad weather hasn't been a patch on the awful conditions being experienced in other areas of the UK. Here on the South Coast, we very rarely see really poor weather - which generally means we are ill-prepared for it when it does arrive.
Before the soil got this bad, I had managed to dig over almost half of the area, remove the old raspberry canes, remove the carpet and four compost bags of plastic and other rubbish and plant a couple of espaliered fruit trees into the boundary area.
I have managed to weed, feed and mulch the boundary fruit bed on plot 39. We have also dug in the green manure into one of the beds and prepared a bed for the legumes, including digging a bean trench for us to fill over the next few weeks ready for the runner beans. My husband and father in law also built edging for another bed on this plot, a raised bed which I intend to use for asparagus.
I am hoping to cut some bean poles at the coppice in the next couple of days to build a more rigid runner bean frame as I have grown tired of fixing flimsy bamboo structures half way through the growing season.
So, I have been recompensing the disappointing weather with indoor sowings and planning a-plenty. Easter weekend is usually the big kick off at the allotment site, however, my family and I are planning to try to escape the weather and go South to France for the Bank Holiday. It will be the children's first holiday abroad, so should be an interesting few days!
How are you coping with the weather conditions where you are? Have a great bank holiday.