This spring is racing by, and great progress is being made in all of the gardens and it is so good to see. Up until recently I didn’t write a garden ‘to do’ list for fear of being overwhelmed. But this weekend I did an honest and detailed list of what needs to be done. Now I need to decide if I am going to jump about the garden doing what feels urgent or start at one end of the garden and work my way across to the other, going back over what has been done to keep it in control. The latter sounds like the best idea but the urgent things are niggling at me. They will wait but they are quite noisy in their niggling.
Next week is Yates National Gardening Week and this year they are focusing on soil health. If you haven’t checked out the webpage then I encourage you to have a look. There are loads of resources for learning about good soil health and the timing is right if you need to make a few adjustments before planting out the garden… https://www.yates.co.nz/national-gardening-week/this-year/2022/
It is always satisfying to turn over the soil and see loads of worms. They are a good example of heathy soil and a flourishing soil micro community. If you haven’t done a worm count, give it a go, the instructions are on the National Gardening Week page and let us know how you get on!
And we are so close to planting out the garden, but these extra 2 weeks can make a difference so try and hold off as long as you can. It isn’t really about what we want to do but what the plants need. They like it warm and if the season was a swimming pool Labour weekend is the shallow end as far as temperatures go. And last weeks cold snap should have been a bit of a lesson, but it isn’t like chicken pox, we don’t get immunity from further cold snaps. I had a look at my extended forecast, and it dips again on the weekend – not into single figures but close enough. And while we don’t get frosts I am still reluctant to trust my seedlings just yet. I guess to use another analogy it is like sending your kids out into the world without a jumper.
And finally, this week’s free seeds goes to: The Flower Lady. Congratulations. I’ll get the seeds off to you as soon as I can.
Happy gardening and as always – if you want to get in touch leave a comment below.
Sarah the Gardener : o)