Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Spring Planting Gets Under Way

I promised myself that this year I would make an early start to spring planting making full use of the greenhouse to maximise the growing season. Of course I didn't manage this - there were too many other things getting in the way. That late flurry of winter in February didn't help either.

Anyway, I did make a tentative start a couple of weekends ago with the annual greenhouse repair and rotavating of the veg plot. I did also sow a few seeds in the greenhouse and put the shallot and onion sets in the ground as well. Another vital bit of preparation was chopping back some tree branches that were overhanging the plot and providing far too much shade - these will be good for firewood later in the year. I have more tidying up to do around the edges as some other bushes and trees have grown up to shade one side of the plot. I don't really want to cut them back, but I am going to have to be ruthless I think to maintain the light.

Last weekend I had good intentions of sowing more seeds, both in the greenhouse and in the ground, but for various reasons this just did not quite happen. In the event this was probably just as well we had a frost earlier in the week.

I haven't got many seeds left over from last year so I had to take a trip to the local garden centre and spend large sums of money on seeds, etc. It seems that the price of seeds has gone up a lot from last year - or is that just me? I think that next year I should be more organised and source some cheaper on the internet.

Anyway, this weekend should be busy with plenty of sowing, both in the plot and in the greenhouse. Oh yes, and chopping back those bushes.


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6 comments:

allotments4you said...

I think we are all really busy at this time of year. I didn't need to buy many seeds this year and wherever possible I always replenish my seed stock at the end of the year when the seeds go on sale...maybe you should try it??

Shed said...

A very interesting article indeed. Good job! I really had a great time reading your blog.

African Mango Juice said...

I had good intentions of sowing more seeds, both in the greenhouse and in the ground, but for various reasons this just did not quite happen. In the event this was probably just as well we had a frost earlier in the week.

Garden centre Powys said...

A very interesting article indeed. Good job! I really had a great time reading your blog.

Home Blog said...

Yes without doubt the price of seeds has gone up, particularly depending on what type of seed you are buying. I suppose it's like anything these days a reflection of the economic times unfortunately.

Gofarmer Farming Classifieds said...

Seeds are horrendously expensive - especially things like corn on the cob.