End of Month View of the Garden: End of February 2017
The weather in February started off quite balanced, and reasonable, but ended with a blast by Storm Doris, who helped herself to several fence panels, and the felt off my shed roof, but did leave me with someone’s tent, 2 parts of a plastic Christmas Tree and an empty shoebox.
I was on the verge of relaying new slabs to support the new Greenhouse I purchased last Autumn, however the persistent heavy rain, high winds and a visit by storm Imogenhas put paid to me being able to do much garden work for a few weeks….
I had to snatch random gaps in the stormy weather to get slabs relaid and the new Greenhouse base fitted.
And this is how it stayed for at least another week, the mud became intolerable, and my fingers froze. Then last weekend a break in the weather meant I got the frame together, fixed up and all bolted.
I took a half day from work last friday as the forecast was favourable, I got the two roof vents fitted, the door made up and fitted and started glazing. Now it’s considered best practice to glaze in one day so as not to leave the structure with gaps overnight in case of high storms, however I had to finish my glazing at 5.15pm on Friday as it was just too dark to continue. And even worse… I was coming down with a streaming cold.
Yesterday morning I dragged myself from my sick-bed to finish glazing each end and the door, there was one worrying moment when the last pane of glass just wouldn’t fit. I made an ‘adjustment’ to a plastic fitting and the pane slotted in perfectly.
So.. here it is…
It’s a 6×8 foot extra high Greenhouse, I need to sort out the ground around it, fit the downpipes to the gutter, and sort some water butts. I’m aiming to use the Greenhouse primarily for tall crops in tubs, such as Tomatoes and Cucumbers…….
But that could all change yet.
It should complement my existing 6×8 very nicely.
But all in good time, it was back to my sick-bed for the rest of the weekend to try to shake off this bug.
Another new recent purchase for me is helping start of some seeds that I’ve sown, a zip up tunnel type propagator with heat mat.
It’s a bit of an extravagance, but I’ve always wanted one, and a recent sale meant I was able to get one for under £100. It should prove useful with the extra height when I start cuttings later in the year.
It currently contains my Chilli seeds, which are coming along nicely.
I’ve also just sown a wide variety of Tomato seeds, some from the USA, some from Northern Europe, and some ultra modern uk F1 hybrids. these should do well in my new taller greenhouse.
In other areas around the garden, there are signs of Spring Flowers which are a welcome sight….
I just need more time to get into the garden to do all the outstanding jobs, I also need the water table to reduce a bit.
I’m really looking forward to giving the lawn its first cut of the year, and at least there will be Tulips…
The Weather people are telling us that January 2014 has been one of the wettest on record, and I’m inclined to agree. We’ve only had 6 days of this year so far without any rainfall, the ground in my garden is sodden, and now I’m seeing small pools of water forming after each downpour, today I set about prodding these areas with a big fork in the hope I can drain some of the wet away.
I think all this cold water sitting in my soil has had an effect on my Winter and Spring Bulbs, I’m seeing lots of pictures appearing on the internet of big bunches of Snowdrops in full flower, however my plants are only just getting going.