And as I sow, so I hope I shall reap!
Today I have sown chillies, cherry tomatoes and sweetpeas. The tomatoes are very exciting as they’re specially bred for hanging baskets, which I think will be rather good. I still have a couple more varieties of tomato I want to sow, which I’ll do tomorrow, and then all my March sowing will be done – unless I get keen and decide to do some early salads.
I also bought my strawberry plants today – I’m going to grow those in hanging baskets too (to protect from slugs), in the polytunnel (to protect from birds) in the hope that we’ll actually get some strawberries this year. Mr SowandSew muttered pessimistically about wasps getting at them – but no! I also have my special yellow sticky sheets of wasp-death. I shall not be thwarted.
My seed potatoes are chitting, so they’ll go out in a couple of weeks.
This is such a nice time to garden – the days are getting longer (I was out in the garden at 6 pm!), the spring flowers are shooting and the leaves on the trees are budding, and it’s all clearing and sowing and pottering about in a gentle fashion. It’s nice when it’s warmer, too, of course, and when you can harvest your salads and dig up your new spuds and pick the tomatoes off the peppery-smelling plants – but by then you have to pay your dues with hours of weeding; that is when gardening starts to feel like housework, only outside. Spring is all about making plans (and vowing that this year you really will keep on top of the weeding).