Thankfully, the water butts are full to the brim as are all the plastic water bottles. It truly is April showers with brilliant sunshine one minute and heavy rain the next. I seriously would not recommend a holiday in Portugal in April if you want a tan as the weather is too unreliable and it is still cold at night.
The wild boar continue to dig beside our boundary wall… I just hope they don’t burrow underneath.
1. A Nice Surprise!
OH saw this in Lidls and decided to surprise me! At 140 x 190 x 90cm it is perfect and I could be seen doing a *happy dance* as he pieced it together.
The Nasturtiums (Tropaeolum majus and minus) I planted from seed on the 27th February are now gracing the terracotta pot on the corner of our back patio. Hopefully, the location won’t prove to windy and they survive! I wish I’d have thought of this sooner as the pot is too heavy to move.
This plant was spare so I decided to let him grow in the gravel.
3. Sickly Garlic
The garlic we planted at the beginning of February has turned a sickly yellow and the stems are rotting at ground level. I think the problem lies with overwatering. We are not going to count this as a ‘fail’ as it was probably planted too late in the season. Next year we will plant them beginning of November so they have the cold winter nights as opposed to warm wet weather.
4. Cucumbers grow well in pots
So far we’ve harvested three cucumbers. There are plenty more … probably we will pickle some and chop others into chunks and then freeze. Frozen cucumber is perfect in gin. Has anyone else tried it?
The Cacho, Rosa and Cherry tomatoes purchased as seed plugs in mid-March have now been transplanted to their final growing space.
This year we invested in some self-watering plant pots from Lidl’s. Fingers crossed we won’t need to water every day.
Another experiment is to grow some tomatoes in grow bags. This option proved successful in the UK but we’ve never tried it here. We will see.
6. A Curious Onlooker
I was rather anxious when I heard rustling in the hedge that it was the snake I had encountered last year. thankfully, . It was only a lizard. We have two who always come and observe me as I work in the garden.
That’s my six for this week.
That’s my six for this Saturday. Why not pop over to Mr P’s blog to catch up with more Six on Saturday gardeners.