It has been encouraging to see everyone’s gardens getting prepared for the growing season with fresh helpings of compost and having sneaky peaks inside greenhouses and tunnels. I only have a few beds left that need a bit of new season love. Although some still have cool season crops in them.
I think I will need to find some time for some kitchen gardening as there are beetroot that can be cleared and pickled, and if I dehydrate the kale to use as snacks or to crumble into the cooking for a sneaky nutrient boost, then I will be able to get a couple more beds sorted.
I have staggered my seed sowing over the last few weeks, as some plants need a longer head start than others. And experience tells me I don’t want enormous pumpkins hanging out in the greenhouse waiting to be planted outside, so maybe I’ll get onto those later this week or maybe even next week.
But I when it comes to seed sowing I have been sticking to my plan. Over the winter I sat down and decided exactly what I wanted to grow and where in the garden I wanted to grow it and noted any other info that will be useful later on, including my observations from the previous year.
So far there haven’t been any deviations from the plan, aside from growing quite a few more seedlings than I need – but I can give my spares away when I know I don’t need them. And when it comes time to planting out the garden I pull out the plan and using the planting distances I’ve handily written in the plan (and any other important info I may need) I pop everything into their place.
Do you make plans for your garden, or do you just plonk things in?
And with a bit of a drum roll…….. this week’s randomly selected lucky winner of a packet of seeds is….. Stacey. I’ll get those seeds off to you as soon as I can.
My favourite Yates Product of the week is: Yates Dynamic Lifter Organic Plant Food. It is a fabulous organic addition to the garden at this time of year when I’m preparing my beds. It is mostly made of composted chicken manure, Blood and Bone, fish meal and seaweed but doesn’t smell that bad. It slowly releases its nutrients, improves the soil structure and moisture retention and the worms love it but best of all – a little goes a long way. You can find out more here:
Happy gardening and as always – if you want to get in touch leave a comment below.
Sarah the Gardener : o)
Photo: My warts and all seed starting and potting on station.