It’s so relaxing to spend a day at home for a change, especially when it’s not raining so I can get outside and start to sort out the garden which, frankly, looks a mess! The strawberries, broad beans and garlic given to me by my lovely green-fingered friends Hannah and Kirsty have all been planted. I hope they survive the next few months of cold. The snowdrops and crocuses that I planted last year are already starting to show their green tips above the soil and an anemone bud is out rather early!
I also took the opportunity to transfer two shrubs that were in the patch of garden that I’ve earmarked for my vegetable patch to an area which will screen off my compost bins. I know its probably not the best time of year to move anything but I made sure I kept as many roots intact as possible and will keep them well-watered until they settle into their new homes. I noticed that one of them already has new buds. I still have a rather woody buddleia and a 10 foot tall conifer to move. If anyone has any tips, please let me know!
I love the way that everything starts greening up in the spring and can’t wait to see how the garden works out over the rest of the year.
Inside, I made garlic and rosemary bread, although I have to admit I cheated by using ready made bread mix rather than starting from scratch, but I added garlic and rosemary and it was delicious! I have pastry making hands, rather than bread making hands as they are generally too cold, so I was surprised it came out so well. I also had some leftover carrots and coriander that was past its best, so that got made into carrot and coriander soup and thickened with lentils, for freezing and quick lunches another day.
Interesting factoid: Garlic needs a period of one-two months of cold to enable the chemical reaction which allows them to sprout and for the bulb to split into cloves.