It is still too cold for the time of year but the sun came out yesterday afternoon and the same has happened today. This is vastly different from the forecast and I really felt today that summer was finally here.
The sun aside, I had a feeling of excitement and expectation from the new seeds I bought today. Since reading the following blog (http://thepyjamagardener.wordpress.com/2012/06/17/rainbow-chard/), I have wanted to try rainbow chard and so this afternoon I went to one of my favourite garden centres. Then I found a small spot in the garden where I sowed the seeds.
I also bought some seeds for chilli peppers which promise to be ‘pungent’ and are called The Windowsill Pepper, so should be perfect for inside. They were, according to the packet, supposed to have been sown back in the spring but as they are going to be in a warm environment anyway they may well simply start producing fruit at an odd time.
The third and very important purchase was a ‘grow cloche’:
This is similar to the net cloche I bought a couple of weeks or so ago in that it will protect seedlings from birds and caterpillars. It has a wider range of uses, though, insofar as it will keep plants warmer and so extend the growing season at either end, something which I am sorely in need of. (There is lettuce underneath this cloche, just appearing for the first time today.)
All in all, the garden is looking very green but it would be nice to see some colours now as well. And not half eaten ones… I think I need to go out very early to get any strawberries as there seems to be a pattern to the slugs attacking them by nine in the morning.