Greetings from a thawed-out Golightly Gardens! We’re slowly recovering from the freak weather conditions and I’ve been having a good look around to assess the damage. Surprisingly, it’s mostly good news. Huge sigh of relief.
The rest of the spring flowers are finally starting to open, and the prettier local wildlife seems to have survived the big freeze too. So far this week we’ve seen a pair of kingfishers, a wren and a grey wagtail. We’ve also had a few menacing wood pigeons lurking around, but so far they haven’t pecked anything into oblivion.
It’s been the first real chance to go through what was planted in February and March, and there are far more survivors than expected. Most of the seeds are growing, they’re just doing so very, very slowly. My last minute frost prevention measures must have worked, but I also think lack of watering was a major factor too.
As much as I’d like to pretend this was a stroke of gardening genius on my part, I’m going to have to come clean on this one. It was too perishing cold, and I couldn’t be bothered to go out and water the seedlings that often – mainly because I’d assumed they were all goners.
It’s alive! No, really. Honest.
Anyway, we have a few germinated lettuces, plus a fair amount of spinach, kale, summer sprouting broccoli, pak choi and different cabbages. After a dig about in some pots, I think we might have a few peas sprouting in the next few days as well. I’ve re-sown the gaps this week, as there are no signs of life from the outdoor/greenhouse sowings of radishes, spring onions, leeks, early peas, Brussels sprouts and Apollo ‘brokali’.
Meanwhile, all the indoor sowings are doing pretty well. The germination rates have been quite impressive, even when old seeds were used. One of my tomato seedlings has even grown a couple of trusses, which is a bit precocious of it. The only non-grower is the chervil, but the seeds were ancient so that’s only to be expected.
The disaster recovery plan from March went really well (unheated propagator on a windowsill sown with extra seeds that were meant to be sown outdoors), and those seedlings have just gone out to live in the mini greenhouse for a while. Hopefully we’ll have enough plug plants and modules to get the kitchen garden fully up and running as soon as the last frost dates have passed. Optimism!
How’s your kitchen garden going? Any tales of woe or surprising successes?