Well, as I sit here in a jumper and jeans in front of the log fire, its hard to believe this time last week we were enjoying unseasonably warm temperatures more akin to summer days.
My garden is glad of the rain, the water butts are topped up and it does mean I'm spared the chore of watering new plants for a little while.
I hope you have all been keeping busy and enjoying your gardens more than ever.
Thanks to generous villagers, I have recycled old pallets into raised vegetable beds and created my own little allotment space no more than 8ft x 8.ft .
The garden here at the Old Nursery sits on a grassed over multitude of sins. Just a couple of inches underneath I discovered old concrete and rubble from when the place was renovated in 2010, including the old fish ponds. It has been a labour of love digging out and removing huge blocks of concrete and bricks , replacing areas with topsoil and manure in order to create some interest and colour by planting shrubs etc.
I tried unsuccessfully to grow fruit and vegetables in the first year, the ground was just too poor, full of hardcore, weeds and brambles.
So, you could say, my new veggie boxes are a welcome addition, and it will be interesting to watch their progress over the coming weeks. I've put in a mixture of seedlings from the greenhouse, and sown directly, in the hope I will get produce phased over a longer period. We love carrots but I didn't want them all ready in the same week !
I've also been busy with getting summer bedding ready.
The warmer days have meant watering all those little pots regularly, except when I've been feeling lazy, and pointed the hosepipe into the green house and sprayed the whole lot in one go !
Thanks to everyone who responded to my shout out for pots, its really has been a great help , particularly for the spare veggie plants.
I will be putting them out for sale this weekend, its earlier than planned as they haven't been hardened off, and perhaps still a bit too cool for them at night, but so many people have asked, it feels like the right thing to do. As long as you protect them from frost, they should thrive OK.
Please check out my post on Facebook.
All 50p each pot, or 10 for £4.50
With your support, I'm hoping to split any profit between the village hall, the Burbage foodbank and the NHS this time.
Ok, so what should we be doing in May ?
If you haven't done so already, there's still time to sow beans, salads and sweetcorn outdoors.
Lift & dry bulbs to store until replanting in autumn, deadhead daffs just below the seed pod and wait for foliage to die off naturally.
Treat your lawn to a good feed and mow regularly
Feeling creative ? How about making a herb garden or an alpine trough.
Keep weeds down by mulching.
Sow hardy annuals
Thin vegetable seedlings
Support tall growing border plants and climbers.
With a little bit of rain, the plants will shoot up quickly before you know it.
Take care everyone