At last March is here – and with it the occasional ray of sunshine. I’d almost forgotten what it looked like.
Here are some of the things that are on my to do list this month:
Pepper (Sweet) Patio Red, Lettuce (Red Salad Bowl, Mixed, Little Gem), Rocket, Spinach Lazio, American Land Cress, Coriander Cilantro. I’m also going to sow some flower seeds – so far only Cosmos (Gazebo Mix) but there will be more.
Cutting back the Cornus (dogwood).
I’m sure this will become a topic in itself. For now the drainage desperately needs improving and seeds sown.
Lift, divide – and share!
Sow red onion sets and early potatoes. Both will be container grown.
Now that the growing season is upon us its time to get back into the routine of those regular tasks that it’s essential to keep on top of. I’ve started weeding – although to be honest the most pernicious invader of the borders is the lawn. In fact in general I suspect the lawn is going to be a regular, and frustrating, feature this season. Don’t get me wrong I’m not interested in a well manicured lawn with stripes. I just wish it knew its place.
Slugs – the expensive bain of an organic gardeners life. Last season I lost countless hostas to the slug army. I tried to lure them with their very own slug pub crawl, crushed egg shells around the base of new plants, taught the boys to put salt on them (although that did feel a bit mean – the boys of course thought it was ‘wicked’). I’ve invested in reams of copper tape which I’m going to put around the pots tomorrow – and I’m hoping the birds that have started to feed near that border (robins, thrushes and blackbirds) will take as much delight in slugs as they do the worms.
Last – but not absolutely not least….I’m going to enjoy. The evenings are getter lighter, the sun may show its face more often and the bulbs will start to bloom. I plan at least some mornings sitting at the patio table, with a latte – reading, dreaming and scheming.
These boots go Marching on….