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Sunday, 13 January 2013

In suspense


This blog certainly is, and I am too about what is happening to my brassicas at the plot.  November, December - busy, busy months, also quagmires of mud months.  Followed by being away for Christmas and New Year. Then work starting up again - aargh.

These are the latest shots I have from a visit to the plot on the 25th of November.  Actual broccoli, like the kind you buy in the supermarket.  Savoy cabbage, hearting up but also being munched.  And purple sprouting growing steadily.
 


My husband was at the plot last weekend to repair the shed roof, which is covered with tar paper.  It's been leaking, and with the heavy rains we've had there's been quite a bit of water coming through.  He had to wait until the temperature reached 10 degrees to apply the tar sealant, and luckily last weekend was warm enough.  

Today it's snowing - not nice fluffy flakes, but wet snow falling heavily in raw, damp air, so although I have a free day when I could pop along and see what's happening, I feel in full Scottish hibernation mode.   For the moment I'm not really thinking too much about the plot - my concentration is all at home, on my gorgeous Christmas cacti and on spring bulbs both inside and in the garden.  January and February are long winter months in Scotland.  There will be time for planning once some signs of spring appear.  With no greenhouse and very little suitable windowsill space I can't do early indoor sowings, but I'm quite content to wait.

10 comments:

Sue Garrett said...

Our brassicas are also being nibbled.

If the weather doesn't get things the nasties will!

Mark Willis said...

Hi Linda; I though your blog had "fallen into abeyance", so I'm glad to see that it hasn't! Looks as if you have put in some more sturdy support / protection measures for your brassicas than you had last year. The broccoli certainly looks like a fine specimen. I hope you enjoy eating it.

Jenni @ RainyDayGardener said...

Hi Linda, I totally understand this 'hibernation mode'. While our temps are downright mild in comparison to yours, I just can't quite get motivated to get out in the gardens and dig, just yet. I am admiring your broccoli. I hope it was tasty! Cheers, Jenni

Elizabeth Musgrave said...

January and February are long and cold up here in the Welsh hills too! Never mind, spring will come, and the stove is quite a good place to sit by just now!

Why I garden... said...

Your veg is looking good, particularly the broccoli. Good to know you're still growing. No snow where I live in Northern Ireland yet. Happy 2013!

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Being of like mind, winter is for hunkering down and nesting. Venturing out when the sun shines is acceptable. But staying in when the long shows fall is essential. Plenty of time to sow seeds when the snow, cold, and mud subsides. Happy New Year.

This is Belgium said...

do not dispair, the days are getting longer already .. I am sure that the same is true where you are living :)

L. D. Burgus said...

I had to check the date of your blog again to see when they were grown. That is fantastic that you can do that. We have shows telling us if we have a plastic green house and then have another hoop greenhouse inside of it that we could grow things like this in the winter. We are -6 degrees f. today.

donna said...

Happy New Year, Linda. We're also in hibernation mode here. Too cold to do anything outside. I bought some seeds yesterday just to make myself feel better. As usual, you're photos are great.

Orkneyflowers said...

Hibernating here too. Hopefully we will come out of it soon. Here's to better growing in 2013