I hope you all managed to find some time in the garden this long weekend. If you didn’t, that’s ok. The window for planting out plants is a long one and for some of you it isn’t open yet for summer loving tender plants.
In my garden I didn’t get anything planted out on Saturday or Sunday as the wind was just too strong. It would have damaged my poor wee plants. But Monday was the perfect day for planting out – the wind had completely dropped and it was grey and gloomy. So, the plants didn’t have to face the stress of hot, sunny days and when I took a quick look this morning they seemed to have settled in nicely – no sulking at all. Having said that I haven’t planted the cucumbers yet – they are the biggest sulkers of all!
I did give everything a nice seaweed tonic soak for 15 minutes before planting, which was a great way to slow down the process, so I didn’t feel rushed. My garden is large and when looked at as a whole, it can become overwhelming. Breaking the garden into small chunks – i.e., the number of plants that fit into the soaking container makes it more manageable and allows the process to be enjoyable, as it should be.
One thing that did happen – as part of the celebrations for my Lockdown Birthday on Saturday, Hubby the Un-Gardener and The Teen Lads dug irrigation trenches for me in the top end of the garden so the strawberries and pumpkins can get watered via my computerised irrigation system and not left up to me plugging in the hose to each bed and timing it with my phone. It’s been on the list a long time, but I wasn’t expecting it to be done this weekend, so it was the perfect gift.
I also need to remind you that it is the last week for the Give to Grow Mini Challenge. We just need you to tell us how you plan to share your harvest to help out those who need it most. I was thinking about this as I was planting out my garden. I intentionally planted extra plants of several things that I know will be too much for us but knowing not only will I get the pleasure from growing them, but also tending the plants knowing someone else will really benefit from my harvest. I think it will make me take extra special care of those plants.
To be considered for this Mini Challenge, don’t forget to tick the MINI CHALLENGE TICK BOX and FRIDAY is the last day. The prize is fabulous!
Happy gardening and as always – if you want to get in touch leave a comment below.
Sarah the Gardener : o)