Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Finding Volunteers

Tuesday turned out to be our sunniest day so far with my weather station recording 9.4 hours of sunshine. However, to accompany the sunshine we had gale force winds which rather spoilt the benefit of the wonderful sunshine. It was mild again reaching 16.5°C in the afternoon.

We decided on a visit to the plot despite the gale force wind and spent another afternoon tidying up fruit beds and preparing other beds ready for sowing and planting. It definitely wasn't a day for sowing parsnips as the seeds would have blown all around the site. 

Interestingly digging over one of last year’s bed I found some would be volunteer potatoes. These were in good enough condition to save and bring home to use in the kitchen. 

Worthy of note as well is, although we’re now past the middle of April there isn’t any signs of these potatoes forming any shoots at all. I’m hoping the last few mild days will have the soil warming up and creating better conditions for sowing and planting.

Trigger Update
In a couple of days Trigger will be a week old and ready to make his first batch of bread. I’m hoping for good results after all this preparation. I’m going to have to find him a new home as he’s now filled his jar and there’s no space left for any more feeding.

Original post from A Gardener's Weather Diary author M Garrett


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