Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Why I Need To Keep Records

After a couple of lovely sunny days is was much more cloudy today with any sun we did get being very hazy. As a result the temperature was a little lower  failing to make double figures.

Now as I remember last spring March was glorious, then come April things cooled down a lot and newly sown seeds and small seedlings didn't appreciate the conditions and refused to grow for a few weeks. Now this year seems to be the other way around and after a bitterly cold March temperatures have lifted in the first week of April. How do the first two weeks compare?

Last year 2012 after 7 days the average temperature for the month was 6.6°C
This year 2013 after 7 days the average temperatures for the month is 4.9°C

It doesn't look any better in picture format either.
So despite it feeling milder now April has arrived seeds and seedlings may well struggle to grow with temperatures still lower than last year.
Fortunately when we removed the pigeon protection netting off our winter brassicas these spring cabbages “Flowers of Spring” didn't get uncovered. This means they've survived the marauding wood pigeon attacks and should provide us with some useful greens in a few weeks time. I might give them a boost with some liquid seaweed food the next time we visit the plot.

Original post from A Gardener's Weather Diary http://ossettweather.blogspot.co.uk/ author M Garrett


  1. Yes, last March was wonderful wasn't it, great gardening weather. It seems to be picking up a bit here in London, although it's quite chilly again today. Great to see your cabbages have survived the hungry pigeons!

  2. I think spring arrives at the weekend!


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