The soil oop t'lotty has sudddenly warmed up and the greenhouse /coldframe pots can be brought out of the nursery to play in the big, real world. despite many books and TV and radio programmes, I find that the best time for starting the season off in Northumberland is, from mid May onwards. it takes an AGE here to get off the starting blocks.
This afternoon, Vee and I were oop t'lotty, and got stuck in. I brought up 40 sokid builders vlocks for the bases of more or less permanent cold frames, water butts, consisting of old attic water tanks and 200 litre barrels. a total of about 1000 litres ! It soon goes in a drought !
I felt the soil and it was damp and not clarty, warm and crying out for some attention. Dug a bit and then ran the Mantis over the loosened clods. BEAUTIFUL ! A fine tilth and withing 10 minutes, a row of Hursts Peas was dropped into the trench. A fine sprinkiling of chicken crap (organic) was sprinkled in with the seeds, covered and I ex0ect that there will be a row of little geasles showing their heeds in about a week.
Rummaging around the back of Wor Shed, I cleared out old bags of netting, wire meshes, and a stack of very helpful stakes, bamboozles and a couple of old bird houses or boxes. I don't know why I bought the boxwa as they are ignored by the plethora of bird species that live around the lotty.
Birds, we have goldcrests, firecrests,gold and green finches, a tame pheasant, a nearly tame hen blackbird, dunnocks, robins, collared doves, jackers, wood pigeons, starlings and a regular group of spuggies. Brilliant !
In the flower patch, we have many rescue plants that Vee fets from around the area, and they are now sprouting their green shoots of recovery. ( Where have we heard that phrase before ?)
so, now, it is all systems go, and we can only hope that the strawbs will produce this year after a dismal season in 2012.