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WOW what an incredible day it was yesterday when 3 amazing celestial events happened:

  1. The Solar Eclipse – which I watched with Thomas at his Primary school all the children were really excited, although it was cloudy we could clearly see it
  2. The Supermoon – this is when either a full or new moon is at its nearest point to earth on its elliptical orbit making it appear larger and brighter than normal
  3. The Spring Equinox – this is the first day of Spring when the length of day and night hours are approximately the same, from today we will have longer days than nights which increase each day slightly until 21st June (the longest day) when unfortunately the day light hours start to reduce.

Daffodils

This weekend the weather forecast is good if you are planning to get out into the garden here are some things that you can be doing:

Start/continue your Spring tidy up

  1. Clear away dead leaves, stems and twigs – why not place them in a corner of your garden and make a wildlife habitat.
  2. Give your lawn its first cut, taking off the tops only, grass has now started to grow quickly.
  3. Give your greenhouse and your gardening equipment a good clean, hygiene is very important when sowing seeds and potting up young seedlings/plants.
  4. Weed any remaining Raised Beds and Vegetable Plots removing large stones, dig over and incorporate a general fertilizer or nutrient rich compost from your Compost Bins, cover with polythene, fleece or cloches to warm the soil.

Chitting potatoes

Planting and Sowing

  1. Plant First Early and Salad Potatoes, if space is limited they will grow successfully in potato bags on the patio, chit second early and main crop potatoes in seed trays/egg boxes for planting next month.
  2. Onions are very easy to grow from sets, plant in soft earth with their tips showing approx. 10cm apart, leaving 23cm between rows, if birds are a problem cover with netting.
  3. Direct Sow Broad Beans, Lettuce, Radish, Spinach, Peas, Spring Onions, Swiss Chard, Leeks, Carrots, Turnips, Beetroot, Summer/Autumn Brassicas and cover with fleece or cloches for protection, if it is too cold or wet they can be started off in pots and trays indoors.

Have a lovely weekend

Gill

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If you are just starting to put some of your tenderly cared-for seedlings outdoors for the first time this week take extra care with them. 

Along with many gardeners around the country, many of the allotment holders here have started planting out beans, rocket and early lettuces, but the ground frosts have been playing havoc, scorching the tender leaves, and in many instances killing them entirely – a bit of a disheartening beginning to the growing season!

 More ground frosts are forecast for this weekend, but when the seedlings are bursting out of their trays and clearly need transplanting, take a few precautions to protect them from the extremes in temperature and it will make all the difference.

 Try putting tender new plants in a Cold Frame to harden them off for a few days, and once transplanted into the ground covering them with these handy Cloche Tunnels will ensure they have plenty of light and space to grow but stay nice and protected from the cold nights.

 

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