I’m starting to feel slightly giddy at the speed with which the propagator plants are growing. When I wrote my last post 4 days ago, the ‘Crown Prince’ squash were barely breaking the compost surface; yesterday I had to pot them on and evict them from their heated nest as – I exaggerate not – they were threatening to lift the roof off.
As for the courgette ‘Latino’, they are marching upwards like some out-of-control triffid. I can only hope for a mild April so they can go outdoors early otherwise we’re going to be hacking our way through a jungle just to reach the front door.
In the daytime warmth of the polytunnel and night-time snug of the utility room, the tomato plants are (a) green and (b) growing. This is a 200% improvement on the misery of last year but I still hardly dare believe they’re going to make it. Pleeeeease keep going, little things.
Ironically, if they do then I’ve got a bit of a space problem. Having considered the possibility of digging up more grass, I’ve gone for the easy (or do I mean lazy???) option: plant veg in the flower border. I extended this border in the autumn with plans to create a ‘hot’ flower garden at the bottom end for plants and herbs that love the heat. Ok, time for Plan B. Now it will be climbing beans, squashes, toms, cucs, courgettes, aubergines, peppers . . . just as colourful and twice as tasty as the not-to-be flowers and I’ve saved myself a lot of work. Perfect solution!
The pear blossom has come out in the last couple of days. This is a ‘nashi’ pear given to us by daughter Vicky, a variety we’ve never grown before. I think the fruits look more like apples than pears – fingers crossed we might get some this year. The last few days have brought the first swallows, too; not enough to make a summer (or spring, as the French say) but it’s great to have them back all the same. 🙂