Spring is here but not quite Summer


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Hello to all the gardeners out there.

 

Just to say, don’t be fooled by the warmer days, the nights are still quite cool. Don’t be putting bedding plants in yet folks.

 

I have planted parsnips, beetroot, marigolds, sweet peas, peas and lettuce plants at the allotment, grown from seed and carrots are germinating from seed sown direct. Keep watering as no rain forecast for another couple of weeks at least.

 

happy gardening folks.

 

Mrs B

 

 

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Reply not about gardening but the weather.Weve had some really hot days enough to get a tan with just 1/2 hr each day sitting out. Weve had not a drop of rain in over 100 days. It arrived today but hardly enough to settle the dust. Its turned wintery cold and being not far from the mountains we get the icy cold. We had turned the CH off but have had to put it back on. Hope summer starts soon. I have planters filled with flowers so hope it doesnt get much colder. 

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Hi nonnaB 

Our weather has even up and down too although not as cold as yours as we’re obviously not near the mountains in Notts!

I had an almost disaster earlier with some melon seeds I had managed to germinate from seed from last year, heritage Emir and also Green Nutmeg variety. They were the sweetest melons I had ever tasted, just enough for one person around 26th cms (101/4ins in old money). Circumference.  I dropped the tray that they were on whilst watering them in my little “nursery” glasshouse outside and actually said the Gordon Ramsay F word. Fortunately they all landed upright and largely undisturbed - phew we get to live another day on the melon rearing. They are a faff to get to fruit but love the challenge.

Mrs B

 

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Mrs B We dont have a garden now. My son and family live above us and he also took the fruit orchard at the back of the house. At the front we have the pool and we had the forecourt tiled and we renewed last year just leaving a small strip at the side and 3 squares for fig tree, acer and dwarf palm. Near the pool we have another strip with various plants, 3 peonys, succulents and herbs oh and hostas. So basically it takes care of its self. Only the occasional weed. Our fig tree is laden.

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After a longish dry period it was good to see a shower of heavy rain today. We had over half an inch here in the Trent Valley. When I was out yesterday I saw wheat being irrigated which was unusual as that's usually reserved for potatoes. The garden is really perking up now and the fruit trees are blooming profusely. I think I'll have another go at cider making this autumn. There are tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers in the greenhouse awaiting planting and our hay meadow is springing into life with a rich variety of wild flowers. I've lived in our village for 60 years this year and can no longer be classed as an 'incomer'!

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8 hours ago, philmayfield said:

I've lived in our village for 60 years

I think I have said before on here that if I were to return to live in Nottinghamshire it would be somewhere in the Trent Valley. We very nearly bought a house in Bleasby in the seventies but stupidly decided it was too far from where we both worked, Sutton in Ashfield. If we had bought it and stayed there would we have been locals too by now. 

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I'm sitting up in bed on this beautiful sunny morning looking out over open fields and lots of trees towards the Trent just under a mile away. The far side of the river rises up with the steep wooded Trent hills. It's idyllic. Must get up!

 

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