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Sweet April Showers

"Sweet April showers Do spring May flowers." Thomas Tusser, A Hundred Good Points of Husbandry, 1557 Well it’s the end of April now and the last week has been a mixture of sun and showers as you would expect. But we also had hailstones which was a bit worrying. Let’s hope the weather will help our seeds and cuttings grow, ready for the garden. Still waiting for some bark to go down round the garden before we put tubs out though. Lots to do, so I got going with some more veg seeds this week. Following the idea of planting by the moon I have focused on planting seeds that grow above ground. So it’s been varieties of French Beans and Runner Beans mainly. I’ve sown some French Marigolds too, to

I love spring anywhere

"I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden." - Ruth Stout My mum always told me not to cry over spilt milk. But last weekend I cried over spilt soil. I popped in to the yard only to find that the wind had blown our 2 mini greenhouses about. As a result all the seedlings that I had put in them had spilt over the floor along with their pots and soil. I had thought that the yard we put them in was sheltered, having walls on all sides. But it seems to be more like a wind tunnel. So we are looking at moving them to a more exposed area in the hope it’s less windy. Sounds mad, but we are giving it a try. Anyway, on a more positive note, the weather has fina

April prepares her green traffic light and the world thinks Go

April prepares her green traffic light and the world thinks Go. Christopher Morley The bug hotel is built now and already has a few guests, including a few slugs. Adding things to the hotel will be ongoing, as the twigs and logs break down. We particularly need more pine cones, so feel free to bring some along and pop them in to one of the crevices. We also need a name for the hotel, so if any kids have ideas for a good name we would love to know. Pop your suggestions into the box in the Book Tree or onto the Old Town Bloomers Facebook page. I am not sure if I have mentioned it before, but the garden has a resident cat. Actually he is a wild one living in the empty building next door and he

If April showers should come your way

If April showers should come your way, they bring the flowers that bloom in May. Buddy de Sylva Well, Easter is over and I feel that spring is happening now. We’re having April showers, but some sunshine at last and temperatures are on the up. April is a busy month, with lots more garden tidying, seed sowing, repotting and preparation for new layouts in the garden. We seem to have lost all the geraniums and most of the fuchsias we tried to overwinter. But the violas are still going and it looks like some of last year’s bedding plants may have re-seeded. Some weed prevention fabric has just been put down along the wall ready for the bark chippings that we are to receive soon. We will be putt

Another week of mixed weather

"Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!" - Robin Williams Well, another week of mixed weather. Wet and windy, cloud and sun. And snow was forecast again. But I’ve still managed to get a couple of sessions in the garden this week, tidying and preparing the veg area of the garden. I’ve planted the seed potatoes in a bin in the garden. They are a salad variety called Sharpes Express. I am hoping the bin will retain heat because it’s basically black (with decoration). But I’ve also put a bit of fleece on top in case of more frosts. It will be joining the rhubarb in the veg garden, which is surviving well with its flowerpot hat on and anti-slug egg shells. The seeds on my window ledge

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