Spring certainly felt like it had sprung down the plot today. The first day in what seems like eons since it felt warm enough to take your coat off. Not quite T-shirt weather but definitely just a cardi day. The spring bulbs we’re in their element, being greeted to the plot by cheery daffodils and little gems of crocuses.
Had many grand plans for this weekend, sowing seeds a plenty being one of them, yet as often happens a job that I envisaged as just a quick half an hour turned out to take most of the day! That small task was to be the transplanting of our garlic’s from their winter starter homes of modules and pots into the new permanent homes of the Allium bed. This pesky little bed in question has been a right bugger from the word go. In our first year after it almost breaking our backs and hearts we planted a modest but tasty crop of potatoes. But it was by far our most clay-laden and unpleasant bed. Sodden and heavy in the wet and dry and dusty in the heat of summer. So this year we meant business! After much soul-destroying sticky digging and a program of force-feeding with some organic manure from the garden centre. A pricey solution but we figured what we invest now should pay us back in dividends.
After a good pulverize of the last of clumpy clay soil boulders with the rake, in went the garlic cloves. Hopefully they will be happy in their snug home with plenty of added goodness to keep them chirpy. Fingers crossed they take well, a few showed signs of rooting off. Which I noticed seemed to be mostly found in those I had sown in a Coir compost (those sown in a seed compost and a multi-purpose fairing far better. So all needs doing now is to keep them happy and weed free and wait for those wonderful bulbs to come. Wet garlic in particular something we hope to be feasting on before mid-summer.
The seed sowing will have to wait for next time. Celariac, cauliflower, leeks and some lettuces the next batch for the coldframe now that most of the overwintered crops are out and defending for themselves in the big bad world. Tonight being the over-wintered lettuce, winter density’s first night out of the safety of the coldframe. Hopefully the l ittle darling seedlings will pull through a night and fend off any marauding slug attack.