Spring has ‘sprung’, hasn’t it? Well…The 1st of March, according to the meteorological seasons, is the start of spring and this weekend we had a welcome dose of sunshine here in Wales. I know technically that the astronomical calendar determines the seasons and officially spring 2015 doesn’t begin until March 20th but my tidy mind likes the year split into 4 with 3 months in each!
However, I also like to know all the facts, so here, for all fellow ‘fact geeks’ are the exact dates for spring this year…
- Meteorological spring begins on 01 March 2015 and runs until 31 May 2015.
- Astronomical spring begins on 20 March 2015 and runs until 21 June 2015.
Anyway, back to Plot 5A and my achievements to date. Yes, you read correctly, ‘achievements’ – I’m finally starting to feel like I’m making some progress! The permanent paths are cleared and are safe for use. (The photo below shows the centre path covered in weed suppressant, just before the bark chippings were added.) Two thirds of the growing beds have now been dug and painstakingly weeded by hand! Mr D has erected the shed guttering so the two water butts are catching raindrops, my home-made ‘pallet’ compost bin is ready for action and the bug box is now open for business!
I’ve only been the proud owner of Plot 5A since January 18th but I’m determined to have everything up and running for the gardening season so February has been super busy! I’ve been gathering seeds, bulbs and plants – in line with my allotment plan. My Cocktail Kiwi plant arrived last week and it’s already in leaf!
I’ve also been reading ‘Grow For Flavour’ by James Wong, gathering some fabulous tips and ticks to supercharge the flavour of my homegrown harvests! The book explains the science behind the phrase ‘homegrown tastes better than shop bought’. It’s a real eye opener! I would never have thought about the benefits of colour therapy on my crops! Apparently,light reflected off a coloured mulch will trick plants like tomatoes and strawberries into creating, bigger, tastier fruit! I highly recommend this book to all adventurous allotmenteers!