Friday, 5 April 2013

Making a Start

Thursday was another sunny day but the cold temperatures persisted with a maximum of 7.6°C well below the expected average for early April.

In the sunshine though it’s pleasantly warm in the greenhouse, warm enough to tempt me to sow some broad beans Witkeim Manita and our usual selection of leeks Blue Solaise, Giant Winter and Prizetaker. These have all been left in our cold greenhouse to germinate. Details of this month’s sowing are on our web page here. 

Although our greenhouse gets warm during the day the temperature falls away rapidly in the evening. Our grape vine Himrod is stubbornly refusing to show any signs of starting into growth this year. Last year we had some good shoots at the beginning of April but this year not even any signs of buds forming.

Last year at this time we hit a pretty cold spell and after a very mild March. Everything seemed to stop growing for a number of weeks even in the greenhouse so hopefully some milder weather will give this years plants a boost at just the right time. 

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


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