BBC Gardeners Question Time had the desired effect this afternoon. In spite of cool temperatures (and a smattering of snow on the ground), I got my coat and shoes on for a quick spot of gardening.
Nothing too onerous: taking the pots with yew seeds out of the shed and placing them in the garden so that they might be triggered into germination by the cold. Then I put the drawers from the old fridge freezer over them, one on top of the other, in case any curious pigeons decided to take a nosey.
As I have already purchased a yew tree from The Woodland Trust, this is only an experiment. Goodness knows where I would put anymore yew trees but I’ll decide what to do with the extras, should the need ever arise.
Whilst pottering about in the shed, I noticed that what I had previously thought was cumin may in fact be soapwort. It has soldiered on throughout the winter, so chances are my labelling is correct. Somehow I doubt cumin would survive our winters, even in the shed.
As for the chilli peppers, they have now been moved to my bedroom windowsill. I doubt this will bring them back to life but hopefully the fruit will ripen better – before any sticky insects get to them!