Looking to spring

Young Toms

Young Toms

Back from half term we have had some frosts in Somerset which has knocked everything a little. I actually brought my sweet peas in from the greenhouse just in case they get nipped by the frost.  The temperatures did not dip low enough for the Old Man to need his water turned off in the lean-to, so I guess I was worrying needlessly.

Anyway, before I went up to Arran I had planted tomatoes in order to avoid the tomato tensions of last year, when Mrs B was gazing longingly at other Gardeners Delights and comparing them unfavourably with my Sweet Millions (looking more like sad singletons).

Aubergines going in

Aubergines going in

And hey presto, the toms are up.  The problem now is trying to make sure they don’t get too leggy as they strain for the dim light coming through the study window.  Do I put them in the greenhouse and risk losing them in the cold?

One thing that will not be going in the greenhouse any time soon are the chillis and aubergines that I planted at the same time.  Even Monty on Gardeners World  (hoorah – new series started Friday….middle aged?  Moi?) was saying that planting chillis was a job for this weekend, but  mine have steadfastly refused to germinate so far.  I’ll try again next weekend if they have not come up by then.

In the meantime, I have a Sunday which I will spend finally cleaning the greenhouses – then perhaps I will risk those long-legged supermodel tomatoes out there.

About midlifegardener

A new house and a new garden. Having spent the past 5 years mainting my father's garden I am now taking on my own gardening project down the road in a new single store dwelling. The Old Man has passed on but he remains in my thoughts as I develop the new patch
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