Another week of unsettled weather. Monday we will see some showers during the morning and again showers in the afternoon. Wednesday looks to be the best day of the week with many sunny spells. Thursday and Friday we are back to rain showers during the midday to late afternoon. Temperatures will vary between 16-18C degrees. Night temperatures are in the low teens.
Our days are very damp with some sunshine which make ideal conditions for the growth of all the plants and weeds, needless to say, every day we have wheelbarrows full of weeds and deadheading of flowers. All excellent for the compost!
We realise after visiting a few gardens that we will need to incorporate a lot of organic matter to our vegetable beds due to our sandy soil which will not hold nutrients for long. But that job of digging in our organic compost into our vegetable plots will need to wait until Autumn.
There is a lot of berry picking of the Blackcurrants- Redcurrants and Jostaberries not to mention the Broad Beans and Peas, luckily the latter two are nearly over and done with.
I have taken cuttings of Hydrangeas and Buddleias to hopefully boost the number of shrubs in the young woodland area. The fun part is looking through the catalogue for spring bulbs of Tulips, Daffodils and maybe some seeds for sowing in the spring.
It is a good time to prune the Plum trees, any inward growing shoots are cut right back to the main branch and we shorten all new growth by 2/3. It certainly makes the trees look cleaner and less congested.
It is a pleasure after a good day’s work in the garden doing various tasks, to walk and take in all the fragrances and colours the garden has to offer, the daylight is getting shorter, enjoy your garden.