This is turning out to be a rather nice month, some sunshine, a little rain and lots of crocus popping up everywhere, neatly taking on the baton from the snowdrops.
I like the sense of anticipation at this time of year, but there’s a limited amount of time and energy, so my approach this month is to concentrate on things that will really make a big difference to the growing season ahead.
Here’s a little up-date of the area that I took over last year. The weeds were chest-high, but weed-killer is off the menu because I’m growing organically. I have been tempted to use glyphosate because it would be so much quicker, then I see all the bees buzzing round and think of my little grandsons picking and eating carrots here and my resolve is strengthened.
I do like to show you inspiring photos, but this is reality. The covering of tarpaulins is gradually stifling the weeds. I’m sure there are still nettles and bind-weed lurking under the ground, but I’m going to peel back a little of the covering and plant potatoes here this month.
I hope the plants will take off and race ahead of the weeds, which I know won’t be far behind. The rest of the area will stay covered until the autumn, at least.