The rat that drowned.

Well my DIY irrigation misting system in the greenhouse works - although maybe a little to well...

Well my DIY irrigation misting system in the greenhouse works – although maybe a little to well…

I haven’t been in the garden for ages – not since I managed to mow on the weekend.  Hang on – that was only five days ago!  It feels so much longer.  But not being able to garden for five days in a row is a bit of a hardship for this gardener.

The weekend was wonderful, sunny, warm and most importantly – not a drop of rain, and I was able to mow for the first time in what seems like months and the patch looks so much better for it.  I made a wee video and loaded it on to You Tube so I could actually see what state the garden was in when I look back from the heights of summer.  You can watch it >here<.  It doesn’t actually look too bad for having a mow.  However it does highlight just how much work still needs to be done.  There is about six weeks until our last frost date, but we’ll be away for two of those weeks so all of a sudden I only have a month to get the garden ready.

Not looking too bad - well it could be worse

Not looking too bad – well it could be worse

Just as it dawns on me just how much I still have do, the weather decides to make things a little tricky and it rained so heavily that the soil is very much back to soggy and boggy and the kids have taken to filling their water pistol directly from the lawn!  Weeding soggy soil is not practical – believe me, I’ve tried it before!  So I have to wait anxiously for the ground to dry out so I can prepare beds, conscious of the days passing me by without so much as weed pulled.

The time is right to plant a row of carrots, but I have a problem with their new home!

The time is right to plant a row of carrots, but I have a problem with their new home!

I can’t see things getting much better as the boffins at the weather office released a report showing their expectations for the spring and while our area is supposed to have “near average” temperatures, the “soil moisture levels and river flows are all likely to be in the above normal or near normal range.”  They have been wrong before, so going forward I am going to count on the possibility of errors!

I still have a long wait before I can taste these

I still have a long wait before I can taste these

Anyway, now that I have finished bleating about the weather, I’ll tell you what gardening I have done.  I sowed some seed.  It felt so lovely to be just sitting in my shed and gently placing seeds in fluffy seed raising soil.  I was tempted to plant everything, but lessons from the past have taught me this is a bad idea.  So alongside the second sowing of peppers from the other day (which haven’t come up yet) I repotted the tomatoes as their true leaves had come out and I sowed extra tomato seeds to make up for the ones that didn’t come up so I can have a full set of spares, should I need them.

Then I sowed my melons – always a tricky one as it isn’t ideal conditions for melons and we are at the whim of the weather to provide us with the long hot summer necessary for melons to mature.  This year I am going to grow some in the garden and some in the greenhouse, in a desperate last ditch effort to actually harvest melons.   I also sowed a whole load of sunflower seeds and marigold seeds and then I carefully took the seed trays over to the greenhouse, trying not to slip over in the mud.

Then I thought … “I’ll water them all in with my greenhouse irrigation misting system” as this is still very much a novelty for me.  But when I went into the greenhouse to check, I found that I’d turned the tap on too much and the water pressure was too high and so I tried to move all the plants out of the direct line of the water and juggled everyone’s locations.  Once I was finished I stood back and was satisfied I have done enough damage limitation, I looked at myself.  I was soaked right through.  I was that drowned rat!  Why I didn’t think to turn the hose off I have no idea!

The rhubarb is doing its spring thing

The rhubarb is doing its spring thing

I couldn’t resist chucking in another couple of cool spring flowers…

Ranunculus

Ranunculus

Pink frilly tulips

Pink frilly tulips

Come again soon – hopefully I won’t have caught a cold!

Sarah the Gardener  : o )

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12 Comments on “The rat that drowned.

    • Hi there. Thank you so much for your kind words. I know how much reading about summer gardens in our winter kept me motivated so I’ll make sure I keep writing during our summer. Cheers Sarah : o )

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    • Hi there. Thanks. The garden still has a lot to be done before it is “spring” ready so for me it just looks a bit messy. Growing flowers is something I know very little about so this season I will try and make sure there is at least one plant blooming at a time… even it it’s just a lettuce gone to seed!!! Cheers Sarah : o )

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    • Hi there. Thanks for checking out my video. I hope to keep making updates through out the season as it is so easy to forget how far you have come. Cheers Sarah : o )

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  1. Lovely Sarah, thanks for sharing! You’re ahead of me here: I sowed my first lot of seeds last weekend and still have a few weeks to go for the carrots, beets & sunflowers. My tulips are only just starting to form the beginnings of buds and they’ve forecast mountain snow this weekend.

    Come on Spring!

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    • Hi there. Spring has this annoying habit of being really nice in the beginning and you get lulled into a false sense of security and want to plant all the plants out. But past experience has taught me to tread slowly into spring as the cold is not over yet! So despite the temptation to sow everything now, I’m just staggering things so I don’t have a load of slow starting sluggish plants that never really do well. Having said that there is still a whole load of digging to be done!
      Cheers Sarah : o )

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  2. That’s quite a spread you’ve got there. We’re just starting out.. something for us to aspire to

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