I was VERY calm when I heard the crash. I was even calm when I saw the mess. I surprised myself as to how calm I was when I realised it was my tiny pepper seedlings that were no longer on their warm heat mat, but lying about the floor with dirt and labels and little green leaves everywhere.
The fact that I passed a speeding cat leaving the scene of the crash as the same time as I was racing toward it gives me a clue as to what happened. The temperatures have dropped a little here and I think somebody was looking for a warm spot to sleep. Hopefully it frightened her enough not to go there again.
I looked at the fragile little seedlings and began to scoop them up and replant them, but the hopelessness of this soon dawned on me. I won’t know which is which and there are some really hot chillies in there… There was nothing for it but to start again – as soon as possible! But I had run out of seed raising mix. So I ordered the kids in the car and we drove to the supermarket where I raced straight to the garden supply aisle and grabbed a bag. Luckily the supermarket stocks it as there would have been nowhere else open at that time of evening. Then I raced home again and without even taking off my jacket, I started again sowing the seeds. We are back in business and I’ve only lost three weeks. We should be fine – hopefully.
On the upside, the greenhouse frame is pretty much there. I just need to sort out the door. During it’s time in storage it had a bit of a run in with some plaster, and so it needs a bit of a clean-up, but it is coming along nicely. I am so stoked with how it all looks.
I grabbed a tape measure and headed outside. My chosen spot has a few problems – it gets shaded by the big shed, the ground is uneven and there is what remains of the soil mountain in the way. A lot of work is required to get the space ready for it. Then I looked over at the old manky polycarbonate one and decided, why should this old decrepit thing get the prime spot and so somewhere in the deep recesses of my mind, cogs started to turn and slowly but surely the decision was reached. The old greenhouse needs to come down. Well it would be greedy to have two anyway.
All in all it was a huge day for a number of reasons, but looking back over it I feel good.
Come again soon – there will be some destruction in Assembly August.
Sarah the Gardener : o )