I spent the day in the garden today, looking and learning about what’s new at mtp. On the surface of it the garden looks like it has shut down for the winter. Dank and brown, you could be mistaken for thinking that there’s not much going on. You’d be wrong. Look more closely and there’s lots of things springing into life (albeit slowly and sluggishly underneath all the frost).
I was surprised to see that the Garlic cloves I planted back in November are already sprouting. I have put them in the cold frame (with the lid open so that I don’t have to water them all the time). The soil is frozen solid but the tiny shoots are pushing their way through. Very encouraging.
I noticed too that the Chives are already re-growing. A few months ago when the first frosts came the Chives died back. But now new, stronger, frost resistant shoots are sprouting up from the base ready for next year. They are always one of the first things to flower in my garden and so I’m looking forward to their display in early Spring.
The Rhubarb too is making a bid for freedom. A tiny, tiny orange shoot is just about breaking through the soil. Soon the familiar curly green leaves will make an appearance too. Rhubarb crumble, anyone?
I’m so excited about this coming year. This will be the year that Jackson can finally help me in the garden. The year when I harvest the first Peaches from my tree, the year when my Tomatoes don’t die from blight (I have a cunning plan which I’ll do a separate post about) and of course the year when I finally manage to grow an edible Cauliflower. After last year’s Parsnip success, anything’s possible!
A Happy New Year to you all – may 2009 bring you joy, love and lots of fresh and tasty vegetables.