Meanwhile we are getting on with planting up the garden. The weather continues to be warm, though there was a chill wind yesterday. The peas and broad beans are well and truly on their way, the garlic and onions growing every day, and we will be starting to eat the lettuces soon. Many of the peppers and tomatoes have been pricked out into large cells, and the cucumbers are now in their own loo roll 'pots'. Today we have planted sixty potatoes and Dave has started to put up a frame for the climbing beans we will be putting in later. We have had a fatality in the coldframe though, the flipping slugs/snails have scoffed the night scented stock plantlets which were doing so well. Time for some natural slug deterrant I think, will keep all the egg shells and crush them as a barrier to start with. Pesky creatures!
|The potato bed|
|Rotovating a strip for the beans|
Also in the garden, we are seeing a lot more spring flowers coming out with the good weather. As well as the daffs there are some flowers which look similar but different to hyacinths, anemone blanda which we planted in autumn, and tulips budding up everywhere. The vinca, where Bella likes to lie out of the sun, is flowering really well too. But the best thing is that the apricot tree is in bloom. The weather forecast has changed and it now says we are unlikely to get another frost, I hope this is right as we really enjoyed last year's glut of peach sized apricots, and unusual happening as with it blossoming so early the frost often kills most of the fruit. The plums and pear trees are also ready to burst into blossom. Very happy bees.
|I need to find out what this pretty thing is|
|Bella's vinca bed in the shade|
|Tulip in bud|
It is looking less and less likely that there will be many chicks this time around, though the shumen eggs seem mostly fertile. What a waste of time and money. The three in the nursery are doing well, but not getting feathers as quickly as the shumen chicks did. Also in the hen house, the pullet which could not decide what sex it was has suddenly developed into a boy and has started crowing, a few months late but definitely a croaky crow, and has developed adult plumage. So we are now looking for a new home for him before Sevi decides to take things into his own hands...so to speak.
|Heshey, needing a new home|