Is Spring finally arriving?

Is Spring finally arriving?
  1. Tonight the clocks go forward signalling the start of summer. Everywhere signs of Spring abound and the trees and plants are bursting back into life.  The weather this weekend has been pretty dank so I just spent this morning in the poly tunnel sowing seeds although manage to catch this shot of Spring in a brief glimpse of sun.
Rhubarb beginning to awaken
Rhubarb beginning to awaken

Yesterday was drier and I had an opportunity to play with my new tool – a gas burner to hit those perennials with.

Weed burner
Weed burner

 

I purchased this last week hoping the weather would be good for my long weekend.  I got to try it on one bed but then the clouds gathered and I packed up and headed home.  From what I’ve read, the thermal shock kills the plant so it’s an organic version of those weed killers that you dab on.  I try to be as natural  as I can as so many pesticides are blamed for the decline in bee numbers.  I’ll be trialling a couple more organic things this year – copper strip around plant pots and a wool based slug repellent.

Slug Gone - Organic Slug Repellent
Slug Gone – Organic Slug Repellent

I’ll report my thoughts on these later in the year.

We left the plot to head home to grab some lunch before heading to the Hare & Hounds who had advertised a Fork to Field day to showcase some local producers. A local brewery, an Aussie cheese producer and 2 local community garden projects. The Wobbley Bottom pesto cheese is lovely – a Gouda-esque cheese with the colour coming from spinach.  We also picked up a few bottles of the local brew.

3 Brewers Ales and a Slice of Wobbley Bottom
3 Brewers Ales and a Slice of Wobbley Bottom

 

The walk back from the pub took as through St Albans market where we grabbed some fresh veg to have with dinner and were invited to visit a charity stall that I hadn’t seen before.  Some really lovely stuff – I had to get some veg labels

Vegetable labels made by stelizabeths.org.uk
Vegetable labels made by stelizabeths.org.uk

and I will most definitely be buying Christmas gifts for family from their website – they had the cutest cake plates.

And to top off a fabulous weekend, I had sight of my first spear of asparagus of the season.

Asparagus emerging in Spring
Asparagus emerging in Spring

 



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