Slowly and gently, the ground is getting warmer. Each night it cools a little less and each day it warms up a little more. And you can see it everywhere on the allotment and in the garden. Grass seed is germinating, peas are popping up, strawberries are blossoming and the insects and butterflies are busy doing their thing – which is generally good for the garden as long as it does not involve eating the produce!
It was a favourable twenty four degrees Celsius in my little conservatory at the shed and warmer in the greenhouses. With very little rain, a good part of my afternoon was spent treading the path between my beds and the tap, filling up a double load of watering cans to make sure my young shoots make it to good plants. Once that was complete it was on to the main intent of my visit; Canes.
I have managed to get hold of some really heavy duty canes this year from Amazon. I really recommend spending out on these as they are much thicker than your average B&Q sticks, a good 18mm diameter at the base. I bought 50, though I could have easily used more.
I have been using them where I need the greatest strength and then infilling with my lighter canes where it was less important. They look good too; being that bit thicker has definite design advantages and my wigwam for a squash or two has a strong, business like feel about it.
It is not quite time for much planting out, though I have planted out my broad beans. The other seedlings are too young and the ground still a little too chilly for them. I have some solid plastic cloches turning up next week, so that will help warm up the ground and protect the youngest – especially from the cat!
Other than that, it is mostly just watering and getting ready. The weeds haven’t got going yet and all the ground is dug, so there is little else to do. But it will all change very rapidly over the next few weeks…