This is traditionally the ‘IT’ weekend. The one you long for and work towards all spring. The average last frost date. Which just happens to fall on a long weekend and so that just makes the whole thing even more exciting.
Every year I am determined to spend the week before tying up all the odds and ends. I expect I’ll be building structures and enriching the last of the beds. I’ll try to make sure all the seedlings are present and accounted for and do last minute transplants because even a few days in fresh soil can make all the difference to a plant determined to grow. There is always the desperate sowing of last chance seeds and worrying that this year there just won’t be Hungarian Wax Peppers.
But then it rains. Not every year. But this year it is raining. Yesterday was ok because I was able to transplant seedlings, so many seedlings. I feel like they have already grown overnight as they look more abundant than they did before I started. I’m glad I did it – even though they will be in the ground before they know it, because seedlings stuck in too smaller pots for a moment too long can slow right down. Any excuse to spend time working away in my greenhouse on a rainy day is a perfect excuse.
So that was yesterday – super garden productive day. Today it rained again. It isn’t heavy rain but that annoying misty rain that takes a while to seep into your clothes and so you potter about in it longer than you should and slowly get wet. The kind of wet that gets into your bones and you struggle to warm from. Not that it is really cold, it can’t be really cold, or we wouldn’t be almost planting plants out into the garden. But not warm enough to be called comfortable.
As a result, I’ve been set back. I need to build structures, there are a couple of garden beds that are still in need of desperate attention so they are ready for the plants that will reside in them. It is also feed week – the plants that are already in the garden are due for a liquid feed and I love taking the time to nourish each plant and give it the once over to check for problems in their early stages. But I don’t love doing it in the rain. And – while I’m having a moan – the rain and the increasingly warmer weather make the weeds grow fast and strong and they can’t be ignored.
The boffins are suggesting it will rain for the rest of the week, so I will spend the time clearing up computer gardening and then I will put on a sturdy raincoat and just get into it.
Come again soon – either the boffins will be wrong, or this stage of the growing season will have a soggy start!
Sarah the Gardener : o)