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Spring Glow

Are we nearly there yet?

‘Depending upon which definition you use, there are actually two different dates that the mark the first day of spring.’

1 March 2018 is the first day of the meteorological spring

20 March 2018 is the first day of the astronomical spring

The skies are still mostly grey and dismal, the temperature outside is still cold but spring is officially here!

However, it‚Äôs a joy to see my garden and allotment begin to wake up after winter. The spring bulbs and fruit trees are blossoming…that ‘Spring glow’ is everywhere.

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The willow is sprouting nicely.

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The rhubarb has already contributed to a delicious apple and rhubarb crumble.

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The perennial Kale tastes delicious and continues to add a ‘punch’ to dinner.

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The broad beans and garlic are growing nicely too!

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Spring is the busiest time on the allotment and in the garden, so I’m trying my best, despite the weather, to get on with the jobs but I’m still behind in my planting!

The potatoes are still chitting, a second batch of broad beans have just sprouted along with a sowing of ‘Moonlight’ runner beans.

I’ve managed to plant three ‘Gardeners Delight’ tomato plants in the new greenhouse raised bed. Fingers crossed they’ll be ok – no luxury heating in my greenhouse :-/

Tomato plants are looking strong…doing my bit for recycling too by using old labels found in my seed box!

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Some of my favourites in the garden at the moment are Honeyberry flowers, Cowslips, Hidcote Pink comfrey, Night Scented Phlox, Anacylus and the gorgeous blue Lithodora (Heavenly Blue)

 

Hopefully you’re enjoying the ‘spring glow’ and managing to potter on with the planting, despite the gloomy skies ūüôā

 

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Willow, radiant Willow

 

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I love the look of Willow.¬† It grows quickly, comes in a range of beautiful colours and you can make things with it!¬† I’ve decided that now¬†is the best time to work on a new allotment project using willow.

My plots are on the side of Welsh mountain,¬†consequently crops¬†can suffer from the effects of strong winds, so I’m aiming to grow a living fedge (a cross between a fence and a hedge) to create an informal boundary along the most exposed edges of the plots.¬† The aim is to reduce the wind speed coming down from the top of the mountain.¬† I’ve read that the most effective windbreaks¬†need to¬†be semi-permeable¬†and I’m hoping that my Willow fedge¬† will filter 50-60 percent of the wind!

This weekend we took delivery of 34 twelve inch rods of Willow…17 different types.

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1.White Willow 2. Scarlet Willow 3. Flanders Red 4. Golden Willow 5. Candida 6. Goat Willow 7. White Welsh 8. Black Willow 9. Bay Willow 10. Purple Willow 11. Curly Willow 12. Green Dicks 13. Sekka 14. Dicky Meadows 15. Black Maul 16. Viminalis 17. Grey Willow

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I’m using one of the larger flower beds on the back allotment plot as a¬†‘nursery’.¬† The¬†‘Willow nursery’¬†has already been covered with weed suppressant which is an absolute must when it comes to growing Willow.¬† Willow can grow up to 6¬Ĺft¬†each year but despite their vigorous growth,¬†young Willow trees cannot cope with any competition from weeds or even grass!

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I’m hoping my fedge will eventually look something like this…

Photograph from: http://mygarden.rhs.org.uk