Spring is on its way – days are getting longer, even the sun feels warm when it breaks through the clouds.
Although we have had rain followed by more rain and the ground is saturated, walking around the village the gardens are starting to look colourful with the snowdrops and hellebores in flower and other spring bulbs starting to poke their heads through the soil. On the shrubs new buds are forming, ready to burst into leaf. It is at this time of year greenhouses and indoor windowsills come into their own, giving pots and seed trays that extra warmth to encourage growth. But Mother Nature has a habit of tricking us all, so be patient, keep an eye on the weather forecast, before planting out plants and vegetables in your garden. Outside, to help your plants get a head start, cloches and protective fleece can be used to cover up the growing areas to help warm up the soil.
Now is the time for planning ahead for the summer months too – seed and plant suppliers are starting to send out their catalogues to tempt everyone. With this nasty Covid virus constantly changing it is unlikely that lockdown restrictions will be lifted totally so once again gardens and parks will be our solace and will help to lift our spirits. Once we get the “go ahead” to resume our monthly meetings it will be good to catch up with members and hopefully to welcome new members who have got “the gardening bug”.