• Kay

Sweet Peas and Onions

Alas the beautiful weather disappears and today is quite wet, so I anticipate spending at least some time in the polytunnel. This is one of the many reasons why polytunnels are brilliant, if it is really wet I can garden under cover, however I notice it is not as dry as it should be inside owing to the many leaks in the roof caused by my darling cats! In between heavy showers I nip outside to continue planting the onion sets and by the end of the day Snowball, Hercules and Keravel are all planted. I do love the names fruit, vegetables and plants are given, one of my great pleasures is writing plant labels - I think that makes me a bit sad! Inside, dodging drips from the roof, I start to organise the sweet peas. I have a dream of growing lots of different varieties of sweet pea and training them up the outside of the fruit cage walls. This would look lovely, but I don't have a great success with sweet peas outside normally, so I am really trying to do things right this year. The seed packets of my new varieties suggest soaking the seeds overnight in warm water, Alan Titchmarsh says soak for a few hours in water. I go for a compromise and decide to soak them for a few hours in warm water in my muffin tin! I then plant them in root trainers and put them in my new propagator. There are 8 root trainers planted out with 248 Sweet Peas. The cats as usual are very interested in nesting in the heated propagators.

I had 12x 75l sacks of potting compost delivered by my local nursery and I loaded them 6 at a time into our big green barrow to take them round to the kitchen garden - it was very heavy and I nearly lost control of it through the gate both times, maybe I should have made three journeys, I think, as the ridiculously heavy barrow nearly shot me into the polytunnel! As I haul out 12 very heavy compost bags, slippery from the rain, I wonder if this is how other ladies of my vintage spend their afternoons!

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