Wedensday 21st February 2007 - Weather: bright and breezy
Just a flying visit today - the second one this week. I popped up to take delivery of a cage! Actually, you know when you go to B&Q and see all the large rockery rocks stacked up in a circular cage, well I am now the proud owner of one of those. My boss had a large delivery of slate for a pond project we worked on, and they came complete with cages. Mine is going to be a leaf mould composter. I also had 2 more sacks of shreddings from jobs, and a bucket of veggie stuff for the compost heap.
The snow has once again flattened my brassica cage, but to be honest, there isn't much left now. I brought home all the cavalo nero as I could see it was starting to get flower buds. My purple and white sprouting is showing signs of flower clusters, so we should be enjoying that soon enough, but the sprouts have all gone now.
The onions and garlics are looking very robust and I have keeping everything crossed for a good season for them. It would be lovely to have onions that weren't full of rot and lasted a little longer into the year. I have chanced my arm and planted some maincrop red onions, so fingers crossed.
Back at home, seeds are germinating. Most of the toms are now up, along with leeks, sweetpeas, cauliflower and my very first chilli poked it's head out of the ground this morning. With the toms, I have so many now that I am planning on sowing a pinch of each, and if any don't germinate at all, I will give them a second chance, but if nothing, I will throw the seeds away. I have to be more organised!
I have taken part in a seed round robin and I think the parcel is now winging it's way to me. Very exciting. With these parcels, you never know what you are going to find. Don't really know what I am looking for, but am hoping for something a little out of the ordinary. I have started to packet up a selection to put back in, and I am hoping they are fancy enough to please the next person on the mailing list. I will let you know what I acquire.
The gasboard are coming to visit tomorrow to fit a new meter for us, so I am stuck in, so I will be sowing some more seeds. YIPPEE!!