In my last post I wrote about being negligent and accidentally cooking our tomato seedlings on the boat roof during the first sunny day of spring. Never again, I said, would I be such a terrible plant mother and allow such a thing to happen. Never again…
These are photos of my sweet peas the day after the hottest day of the year. Yes, that’s right, I killed plants on both the first sunny day of spring, and then also on the hottest day. I was determined to grow sweet peas this year because the rabbits ate them all last year. But no, I cooked them to a crisp in the cold frame because I’m a bad plant mother and didn’t get to them in time. I hang my head in shame. Gardening is an emotional rollercoaster and it’s difficult trying to keep something alive when everything else around it is trying to kill it…
So, I have learned: SUNSHINE KILLS.
Two brief sorties into spring weather and I coped with neither. I’m in no way prepared for summer.
To try and ease my broken sweet pea heart, I’ve sown some more – I’m now onto my third packet of seeds. I opted for ‘Matucana’ this time. Wish them luck, they’re going to need it.
In other news from the plot, we’ve finally finished the asparagus bed. Both the ‘Ariane’ and ‘Mondeo’ are growing surprisingly well.
It feels good to get this bed finished. It’s a promise to ourselves that we’re committed to the plot and intend to be here for the long term.
As anyone who lives in the UK will know, it’s mainly raining at the moment and it seemed such a waste not to collect as much rainwater as possible, so Rob has daisy-chained a bin onto the water butt. It’s only taken a few days to fill.
We’ve had our first harvest of the year: nettles! We didn’t even have to tend them (hence why they are doing so well).
And, to end this post on a happier note than that in which it commenced; we finally have our own homemade compost!
It has resident ants, though, and I’m not entirely sure they’ll be pleased with eviction. So maybe a not so happy ending for them!