March 22, 2013 by Hannah
My week, like most weeks, started with good intentions. I made a list, invested in a new pair of wellies and set out with shovel in hand; but like all the best laid plans of mice and men things began to unravel. I did manage to sort out most of the overcrowding problem on the windowsills and germinating bags, but there most of the good news ends.
I’d forgotten to order courgettes from seedparade, so these were chucked in a trolley on my grocery trip, with little hope that they’d match the real deal from a professional seed distributor. However, they have proved me wrong and if they were were able to sing they’d have a good sob story for the X-factor.
I’m now beginning to have some confidence in my tomato potting abilities, but I shied away from the Sweet Williams, Pansies and Forget-me-not’s even though they’ve germinated. After destroying all my Canterbury Bells from over enthusiastic potting a few weeks ago I’m not going to make the same mistake twice.
So not only have I completed very little of my list but I’ve also failed to plant my chitting potatoes, which means they will have to wait until next week. For some inexplicable reason this failure (among my many this week) has cut me to the quick. I’m probably doing the right thing given the vagaries of the weather, and I know it sounds silly but I just had my heart set on getting the spuds in this week.
Something else which has put my plans out of action are a nest of mice which have taken up residence in my raised beds. There are owls on the farm so I don’t want to lay down poison, but neither do I want to share my lettuce with the tiny four legged foe. I’ve tried blocking the holes but they only seem to get bigger! Any advice would be much appreciated, and fingers crossed next week, the dreaded house work and weather permitting I’ll get my list completed!