Well, officially it has, yet one is struggling to feel its presence. The sky is grey and the air is cold. Rain is forecast to dampen the Easter holiday! I know winter has definitely run its course and I have started sowing trays of seedlings, yet I can't drive away the winter blue.
This year's sowing is particularly challenging. One of my greenhouses collapsed after the succession of wintry storms and I also lost the best 4-legged propagator who could started any seedlings within his coat pocket in no time. Bless his dear soul! Gardening will never be the same without the spaniel tagging along to provide amusement and distraction.
I bought a heated propagator and sowed purple chilli, winter melons, luffa and malabar spinach seeds from Garden Organics. Next batch of seeds to sow will be sunflowers, sweet corns, courgettes, pumpkins and squashes. I put a row of seed potatoes in the allotment yesterday, with more waiting in the wing to be planted. A planter of strawberry topped up with fresh compost and FBB, ready to go into the greenhouse for early cropping.
I will increase the number of fruit trees at home. I want to create a mini orchard so I bought 4 more trees, 3 pears and one apple to add to the existing dwarf apple, cherry, peach, fig and grapevines.
Will 2016 be a good growing year?
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