Winter move over

You could be forgiven for thinking the title of this post was a lament at the sudden change in the weather from hot and sunny to cold and drizzly. Well, cold it is but the rain is more of a fine mist.

I’d really like it to pour down to soften the soil, as I’ve got lots of jobs to do which require better soil conditions. On the other hand, with a bit of muscle I was able to get the bean poles which had been holding up the autumn-planted broad beans out of the ground.

Ground where autumn-sown broad beans had been growing.

The crop wasn’t fantastic from these plants but if you asked me would I sow broad beans in the autumn again I would say yes. The reason is simply because it is nice to see something germinating and growing in the ground in spite of it being winter.

Now, the plan is to plant out butternut squash and courgettes in this bed. This will possibly happen tomorrow – at least the butternut squash could go in but I don’t have enough cloches to go over anything else and I think the still young plants will need protection from the cold wind. I know I do!

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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8 Responses to Winter move over

  1. Sharon says:

    Amazing the difference 10 degrees or so makes. It was 22 today but instead of thinking the light breeze was pleasantly cooling, I thought it was distinctly chilly! My BB have had a relapse!

  2. I’ve always been a fan of autumn sown broad beans – makes it feel like I’m doing something. πŸ™‚

  3. gaiainaction says:

    Even though i am only now reading this post of yours i must say Helen same weather her for day after day, mist and more mist – a very special atmosphere but i can believe ur garden would prefer a downpour.

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