Saturday, 5 January 2013

New shoots

It doesn't take much to get us gardeners excited and the one thing that really does it for me is seeing new shoots emerging in the still cold and dark days of January. I know winter is far from over yet but the sight of that fresh green growth means that nature is getting ready for a new start.

The recent mild weather has had a lot to do with it. Chives have up to two inches of new shoots, as have some welsh onions in sowed in a pot last year.
I also noticed that one of the rhubarb crowns has sprouted so I covered it with an inverted pot to give it a bit of protection and encourage more growth. 

We've had several days without rain now and a good drying wind today so I was able to get a few things done around the garden. The two  top beds are almost ready for planting but will get a top dressing of BFB prior to putting anything in. Because we have trees at the bottom of the garden the lower beds don't get much sun in midwinter so I normally get the top beds ready first. Block planting, rather than rows means that I can get the earliest plantings done into ground that is starting to warm up. I know it's too early yet but I like to get things ready if I can then I'm not rushing around like a mad thing trying to do everything at once. With a bit of luck I'll be able to get some cloche protection in place by early February and then the first sowings of broad beans will be going in if it's not too cold. Can't wait to get going!


  1. My rhubarb has also started to emerge from the soil. I will have to take a look at my chives. Its funny because I spent last week in Kent and there was absolutely no signs of life in my in-laws vegetable plot. Bring on Spring!

  2. You're certainly right there! The first sign of life in the garden and us gardeners take it as a sign of spring and can't wait to get going outside.
    Mind you my dogs have trampled my Daffodils that are trying to come up.