All the seeds on the windowsill have sprouted successfully, and have survived being trodden on for the third time by ASBO Kitty, so I suppose they are all made of sterner stuff. Or just lucky. No true leaves are showing as yet, but it’s early days.
There was also about half an hour spent outside, and all I’m going to say is that it’s amazing how productive you can be when you want to get back indoors and into the warm. First of all I cleared up a few leaves and threw them in the compost. Then I cleared up the rhubarb bed, mainly just to see whether the tiny young plant was still alive (it is, for now at least).
After that it was on to the raspberry bed. I cut the Autumn fruiting ones (Polka variety) back to the ground because they fruit best on new growth, and a serious haircut in February is supposed to be the best way to stimulate a good crop.
As you might expect, an almost-empty raspberry bed is irresistible to a cat like ASBO Kitty, so I had to rig up a quick, cheap fruit cage with some tall canes, a big length of netting, and a few tent pegs. So far, so good and there have been no signs of kitty carnage.
I also threw some Early Onward pea seeds into a pot and sowed a few modules of spring onions and cabbage to get a head start on the late spring veggies. Hoping that modular sowing will make the garden more productive this year, so will be writing more about that in due course.