bothersome weather

Bothersome Weather Stops Play

I was planning a big seed-sowing session last weekend. Salad leaves, peas, chilis, beetroot, kale, all sorts of good stuff. Then I checked the five-day forecast for North Manchester and found a prediction of cool days and chilly nights to follow.

I didn’t want to make the same mistakes as last year, when I sowed early and pretty much everything rotted off before it germinated, even in the greenhouse, so the big seed-sowing session was reluctantly postponed (back yard kitchen gardeners, the five-day forecast is your friend).

Instead, I rolled my sleeves up and got on with the job of wood-staining a couple of trellises that Jo and I have invested in to provide a proper support for the two rambling roses that we planted at the end of last year (more on those anon). A couple of hours’ worth of brush-work and the bare, tanalised wood was looking a lot better:

Today’s five day forecast isn’t looking too clever either: more overnight frosts and the threat of some snow in the next couple of days. Horrible weather for mid-March and again, no point in sowing. But on the other hand, I’ve got a whole lot more wood-staining to do, for reasons I’ll talk about in another post, so maybe there’s a silver lining there, somewhere, eh? If you look really, really hard

Darren Turpin

Gardener at Backyard Kitchen Garden
A passionate gardener with a speciality in growing fruit and vegetables on a budget!

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