It really does feel like Spring is in the air this last weekend. The weather on Sunday was gorgeous and the sunshine was just enough to dry the ground out enough to get into the garden.
We had a really productive weekend which was a mix of manual labour and a slightly gentler activity sowing the first of this seasons Sweet Pea seeds.
Had To Relocate The Compost Area …
First priority was to move the compost heaps as we’re constructing a new potting shed and area in the Spring to support the new nursery venture. As you can see from the pics below the new heap is a pretty basic construction made from four posts sunk into the ground about 2.5 meters apart. The sides are made from a few odds and ends of timber we had stashed around the plot.
I think I made my heap too small last time as it never really got that hot, but this time round I’ve made it twice as big and eventually close in the front and add lots of straw into the mix. Should warm things up nicely!
First Of The Sweet Pea Sowing’s…
I’m going for a slightly different approach this year with my sweet peas as I’m going to try selling a few bunches on the produce table at the end of the lane. Might also branch out to a view of the local florists if I can grow enough flowers. Something tells me we’re going to need to find a bit more space though.
Brian, one of our avid readers asked what varieties we think make good cut sweet peas? Well I’ve been growing them for a few years now and despite trying various varieties I always come back to the following as they never let me down.
- Winston Churchill (red)
- White Supreme (creamy white)
- Chatsworth (soft purple)
This year I’m also trialling a new variety called Purple Pimpernel which I think could be a winner!
I plant 6-8 seeds on top of the compost in a four inch pot and push the seed in about 1/2 an inch below the surface. I give the pot a good watering and then leave on the windowsill or in the polytunnel. If you want to speed up the germination add a plastic bag over the top of the pot. I’m not a lover of plastic and try and keep away from the stuff.
The seeds should be through in about 6-8 days when they may need some additional support until they can go out into the ground when all fear of frost has past.
Other sowing’s this weekend …
We’re bulking out with a couple of new Peony plants, variety is ‘Celebration’ along with a couple of new globe thistles, variety ‘Echinops Nitro’ and Delphinium ‘Pacific Giant Mixed’.
I’ll also sow a few Cosmos and Night Scented Stock later in the year which should produce a wonderful spectacle of cut flowers.
I thought about starting my dahlias off but I think it’s too early as the night time temperature in the Polytunnel can drop quite considerably. I think I’ll wait until early March when the temperature has climbed a tad and we have a few more daylight hours.
My chosen Dahlia varieties for the cut flower garden this year include:
- Dahlia ‘Snowflake’ – White Pompon variety
- Dahlia ‘Bergers Record’ – Deep Red
- Dahlia ‘Natal’ – Deep red Pompon variety
- Dahlia ‘My Love’ – White
Sunday evening came around so soon and so ended another busy weekend in the garden.
Next weekend we’re preparing for the arrival of the digger… But more on that later. 😉