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March is a month of considerable frustration.

"March is a month of considerable frustration - it is so near spring and yet across a great deal of the country the weather is still so violent and changeable that outdoor activity in our yards seems light years away." - Thalassa Cruso

That quote is so right! The saying that March ‘comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb’ might be a bit optimistic. So far all we have had is the turbulence of the lion and it’s difficult to imagine it calming down. Winds, snow and sunshine this week and a very mixed forecast for next. Makes it difficult to work out what to wear.

I popped into the garden for an hour this week when the sun was out and tidied up a bit. Checked for slugs as usual and found lots of very small ones under some pots, hiding. Looks like they’ve been breeding, ready to eat all the spring plants. But most plants need a temperature above 6 degrees to really grow, so they are going to have to wait a bit for anything other the very early bulbs.

Despite March normally being the start of when you can plant out the hardier seeds, I’ve decided not to risk it yet. So my window ledges at home have started to fill up with pots and seed trays. A few herbs, ready for the herb row we are going to have.

I’m pleased to see that there’s another Community Litter Pick in the Old Town on Sat 10th. Starting at 10 from Trinity Church, near the swimming baths in the Old Town. Or from Dukesfield Compound where the Unlock Runcorn group will be helping. I really enjoyed the one from the Garden last year. It may not seem an obvious thing to do with your family, but young kids seem to really enjoy finding the litter and using the grabber. Going with friends to litter pick is a different way to socialise. And of course you’ve an excuse to have a hot drink and a cake afterwards. It’s Mothering Sunday this weekend too, another excuse for cake and treats.

The Blooming Old Gardener

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