Too cold for Romance!

Well the beast from the East has certainly left it’s mark here 1000ft up in the Welsh mountains. Snow drifts aside I’ve put my back out trying to rescue my onions! ( as you do, so annoying as life is on hold a bit till I can move!) Well I had a feeling we were in for some pretty bad weather, as some frogs and a badger gave me a tip off ( we didn’t run out of toilet roll and milk, I was prepared.)

A few days before the first snowflake as I ran past a badger set I knew. It looked the same as it had the week before, no sign of life.Leaves and twigs still covered the entrance. Also badgers usually spring clean and there were no scuffle sign or chucked out old bedding. The badger was still asleep.

Closer to home a lot of romantic intentions were definitely on hold! A nearby pond only a few days previously had been a buzz or a croak of activity. Frogs had begun to noisily hang out there. The sound is amazingly loud, like chainsaws! Then all of a sudden, nothing. No frogs, no noise, surprisingly no frogspawn either. They must have sensed the bitter temperatures to come, which can kill the spawn, and have hopped off to hide for a while.

Meanwhile my garden took huge snow drifts, as high as my polytunnel. It’s going to put my planting behind schedule, especially with my bad back! Never mind, it should all catch up. If March comes in like a lion it should go out like a lamb. Here’s hoping for a good summer – but only the birds will know that………

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More Polytunnel blues!

I’m still trying to sort my polytunnel out ready for spring. It seems to be taking forever. I’m just doing a bit at a time so I don’t throw my back out again! I found a huge ants nest in there whilst digging. Ants are a big problem for me in there. They eat crops such as strawberries and sweet corn and when you plant and weed they bite like crazy! Ouch. I’ve tried various gentle organic approaches over the years, but they still seem to like living there. Well I’ve dug up and moved as many as I can now, although they can go miles down, so I might have only scratched the surface. This year I’m hoping to install a new watering system to keep the tunnel from drying out. This might encourage them to move out. I managed to wash one side of the tunnel with a good dose of soapy water , but the temperature plummeted that night and it froze solid. It was really unbelievably beautiful though.

Polytunnel blues

I really have no idea what happens in my polytunnel over the winter! It just gets trashed! It looks awful, old plants and rubbish everywhere and you can hardly see out of the plastic. Every year I weed it, clean it out and wash it. However this year I’m taking more drastic action. The tunnel wasn’t overly productive this year and I have an incredibly bad weed problem that I can’t control. So I’ve decided to dig out all the soil from all the raised beds and start again. Well so far after 3 hours solid digging and at least 15 large wheelbarrows full of earth I’ve done half the tunnel! Yayee! The other half will have to wait a few days until my body has recovered! Tom and Barbara would be proud. ( showing my age here). I pulled the old earth up by my plum  tree and the birds had a great time pecking through. Unfortunately they were camera shy.

My poor body is aching a bit as earlier in the week the moon had said it was a good time to spread compost over the veg beds, so I did some of that as well. Hopefully this self sufficiency life will keep me fit for free!

Polytunnel blues

I really have no idea what happens in my polytunnel over the winter! It just gets trashed! It looks awful, old plants and rubbish everywhere and you can hardly see out of the plastic. Every year I weed it, clean it out and wash it. However this year I’m taking more drastic action. The tunnel wasn’t overly productive this year and I have an incredibly bad weed problem that I can’t control. So I’ve decided to dig out all the soil from all the raised beds and start again. Well so far after 3 hours solid digging and at least 15 large wheelbarrows full of earth I’ve done half the tunnel! Yayee! The other half will have to wait a few days until my body has recovered! Tom and Barbara would be proud. ( showing my age here). I pulled the old earth up by my plum  tree and the birds had a great time pecking through. Unfortunately they were camera shy.

My poor body is aching a bit as earlier in the week the moon had said it was a good time to spread compost over the veg beds, so I did some of that as well. Hopefully this self sufficiency life will keep me fit for free!