I have always told myself that I should have a Gardener’s Diary. I could make copious notes of plantings, mistakes and successes. I could fill it with reminders of plants to be moved, and various jottings of ideas and plans. I never did get around to keeping a diary, but now I have my Blog, so I have no excuse plus the added bonus of photographs – hey, how organised is that? Thank you to Helen Patient Gardener who introduced me to the End of Month View … EMOV. A great way of reflection, seeing my way forward and a reminding myself of what I have achieved in the past month.
EMOV is going to be invaluable. The February weather in Sussex, as well as the rest of the country, has been less than great. We have had some lovely sunny days, usually during the working week when I have been stuck in an office. Why does it do that? It always seems to rain at the weekend! A month of wet weekends has meant that I have not managed to do as much as I would have liked. However, Spring is certainly beginning to break through, the daffodils, snowdrops and crocuses are in bloom and the buds are beginning to burst through on the shrubs and trees.
I started my new veg plot at the beginning of February and it is still a mud patch. Because of the quality of the soil and it’s solid about a foot deep, I should be double digging, but its clay and when wet is practically unworkable. My raspberries are still in their temporary home and the garden looks a mess. I have decided to go for the raised bed solution. I know it will need more watering, but my vegetables have been in pots in past years and I am used to regular watering.
So, what have I done in February? My sweetpeas are growing…
… and my potatoes are chitting nicely.
March will be busy. Meanwhile pay a visit to all the other garden blogs and see how they are coming along.