After cold weather, frosts and wintry temperatures, to go out into the garden and see the small beginnings of spring brings joy to my heart.
|Quince coming into bud|
The vege patch is sparse, with only a few cabbages, some broccoli, and kale, mostly. But there are signs there that soon something wonderful will come. Small 4 inch shoots of garlic appear in rows in one of my raised beds, and there are tiny lettuces forming under protecting cloches.
The most excitement is in the orchard, where the quince, the plums and the almonds are starting to show flowers and leaves. I hope that this year we won't have such damaging spring Nor'wester's, for last year the winds destroyed almost all the blossom in the orchard, resulting in no fruit formation.
|Plum blossom starting|
|Plum with blossom starting|
|A Small, an Average, and a Double Yolker, all laid on the same day|
There is little to do in my garden, there are very little weeds to contend with since it is too cold for growth, and little to harvest, instead we find we have time on our hands to have a little fire in the evening to sit round with a few neighbours.
This is my Garden Share Collective post for September. The theme is "Size" and I have chosen "little".
Harvesting Now: Lettuce, Spring Onion, Kale, Cabbage
Planting Now: Garlic, Peas, Beans, Broadbeans, Leeks
Things to Do: Prepare garden beds for spring planting, keep watering, keep up with the weeding, spray copper on the orchard trees