Even though Winter has been a mild one so far, I’m longing for sunshine, for staying up the allotment until 10pm, for flowers, bees and fresh peas straight from the pod. However, the first signs of Spring are starting to show and I noticed a little tulip tip poking out from the trough, just one of 58 tulip bulbs that I planted back in November. I cannot wait to see the trough full to the brim with beautiful tulips and to see all the bees buzzing happily around them!
I am pleased to say that the garlic has survived it’s first test, all 18 cloves have germinated and are sprouting above ground level. I have yet to make some cloches to cover the row of garlic, last year the crop pretty much failed due to the amount of rain we had (and the clay soil didn’t help either!) So this year I am being extra careful by placing a cloche over the single row so that I can control the amount of water the cloves get, that way they won’t be waterlogged, I’m hoping anyway! The variety that I am growing is called Provence and I brought the cloves from the Garlic Farm over on the Isle of Wight, surely if they can grow this variety successfully just across the water then I can too?
The broad beans have also successfully germinated and are safe and sound under their little netted tunnel. Luckily the mice didn’t run off with any of the seeds and the small seedings are safe from any hungry birds! I even sowed extra seeds just incase the mice were hungry but I’m guessing they were a tad upset after I evicted them from my shed, maybe they found a new plot to terrorise? I’ll have to thin the little seedlings out very soon, or move them somewhere else, I was only sowing one row simply because we had such a big glut of beans last year and plus my Dad is growing the next succession so it seemed silly to waste the space with unwanted veg.
Seeing these little signs of Spring on a cold and very windy day makes me even more excited for the warmer months. Hurry up Springtime!