Sorry for the delay in replying pip, Iv'e been really busy trying to sort out all those jobs in the garden that you can't get to once stuff starts growing
Iv'e repainted all the walls white with masonary paint; repaired, replaced and stained all the wooden trellis; had weed and feed on the lawns and am now half way through scarifying them and boy is that back breaking work and gets harder each year as you get older
When I have finished the scarifying i will put the spiker on the lawns; give them a good brush with a stiff brush, give them the second cut of the year and reseed any bare looking patches.
The trick to reseeding is to mix in approx 50/50 lawn seed with some fine multipurpose compost, scatter and leave the next cut until the seeds have germinated; give them a chance to get a good start!
Its Easter again and its earlier this year, so dont be fooled into thinking its time to be planting out any flower or veg seedlings that have been sitting in your greenhouse or windowsills..
The only exception to this is cabbage which I grew in seed trays and onion setts which I started off in individual pots; they have both gone into the veg patch and have been out for about 10 days now and are both doing very well
I have my horticultural fleece which I cover them with if there is a frost warning, but now they are established I am confident the fleece will be sufficient.
I sowed in drills some carrots on Good Friday (always a good day to sow) and have under cover in the greenhouse courgettes and two varieties of toms (Alicante and Pomidor), Peppers, Dwarf French Beans; Sprouts; Peas; Leeks and Salad leaves are all through in the greenhouse in seed trays and under cover are doing really well
On the flower side I started off a load of Morning Glory which I collected last year from seed haeds and started those off 4 in small pots in early February; they are through and about 4 inches high, so they can go out in 3 weeks time and will give me another impressive climbers addition to my Giant Tree Lillies which have come through again in greater number, now being about 4 years old.
I took in the geranium plug plants agin from Jerseyplantsdirect, £9.99 for 160 and they are flying
When I thinned them out I ended up with 280 and I have 6 different colours to mix and match this year, Orange, White, Pink, Salmon, Deep Rose and Red
I know people may not like it, but lets hope for a bit more rain, as the soil feels really dry and we need it if we are to have a good growing season.
So Happy easter, get out there when you can may your brassicas be the best ever
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