Lets get it right it is the 17th November isnt it? ok, here I sit feeling very flushed from the sun burn today! yes low 20sc gentle breeze Maria out gardening until 4pm, ( a n hour break for lunch!)
The weather here in Bulgaria is quite warm infact, bulbs/and new shoots and seedlings are popping up everywhere!
So I made a new border bed for flowers, I planted violas, i split 4 large primrose and got 22 good sized plants and planted them. Moved into new border, iris after splitting clumps, margareta daisies, some sort of perenial poppy I think!. I also planted 12 little bulbs which i bought from a dear old villager who told me they are yellow flower like lilly, I think a form of mobritia I think.
The next job was to split and plant the swwt william! managed to get quite a few plants! ,
split snow on the mountain for the front of the border, at the back 3 large spikey daisy perenials, it may sound a bit mish mash but if all flowers next spring i will inform you with glee!
Havent finished, a bulgarian neighbour gave me rooted mint, rooted savoury and a garlic which had grown 2 inches! also 12 baby lettuce, all potted up happily in my gorgeous cold frame!
My face is very red from the breeze and sun but I thoroughly enjoyed myself! , this is what I hoped retirement would be! chow Im off to sleep!
split snow on the mountain for the front of the border,
Lol that might be the most I am doing this week. It's snowing again. Glad I made it home before it started sticking
It warmed up to 7C today and so the snow is all gone but next week the forecasts are for a sudden drop -7C during the day. Do not despair for me though, we actually prefer it once it gets below -5C as the weather becomes drier usually and as long as the wind doesn't blow it is actually more pleasant than 0C-3C which feels cold and damp. Our cabbages and calabrese are still looking good in the polytunnel and so it will be interesting to see if they survive the drop in temperatures – very much an experiment with late planting after taking up tomatoes.
That reminds me… I never got around to planting any broad beans last month. I suppose I should plant some soonish.
My seeds arrived from T&M this morning – jalapeno peppers, shallots, radish, lemon balm, pumpkin (which it claims you can pick young and use as courgettes), so at least I've got plenty of stuff to grow this year.
My poor soil is far too wet and cold to contemplate doing much before middle of March! I sowed some Phacelia as a winter manure and that's poking through nicely. Must remember to dig it in well before I need to start sowing veg. Usually start with potatoes at end of March. I've tried starting things off early in the greenhouse, but it is unheated and I find that later sowings very often catch up and even overtake the earlier seedlings. I just have to learn patience!
NOT SURE I will be planting anything with the move this spring; but am getting restless, so imagine that I will have to plant something!!
The weather is so warm its tempting to start sowing but maybe it'll go cold again yet. I have been mollycoddling some self sown tomatoes on a windowsill since late autumn, just because they were there. Silly really, I've got three carefully chosen varieties to sow. Thanks for the reminder Janet, I can get those started off.
What I have started is shifting piles of compost around, and letting my three ducks rouk through it for bugs. Then, dispite my veg being grown in 45cm high beds, I've had to start fencing around with canes and net to keep the two girl ducks out of my winter greens. I had a lovely little row of pak choi under a cloche, or rather I didn't have it, they did.
Maggenpie that made me laugh, I think my ducks think I only plant cabbageds for them.
Yours are obviously much more soophsticated!
I have my broad beans in the conservatory, my peas have come to nothing ( only 1 germinated) but am looking forward to a few days sun to get some out, even lettuces being planted here, but IMHO I may as well just put a neon sign saying ' get your veggies here, wildlife ' if I put them in!!
Hi Rachael, I've got peas on a window sill that I've been snipping for salads, now I'm wondering if they'd be happy planted out under a cloche (safely fenced off from the girls' attention of course ) to grow on to maturity for an early crop. Worth a try I reckon since the best of our summers seem to come early on now. They can have a spell in the greenhouse first any way. I have some more pak choi hiding in there that the ducks don't know about.
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