Driest April for 6 years

Well it's been confirmed by the Met office, this April has been the driest we've had for some time, and there's no immediate sign of any wetter weather coming our way. Not sure our onions are especially happy but the shallots and garlic seem to be coming along well enough.

The brussels sprouts are sprouting, the sunflowers are coming up, and the honeywort and scabious need potting on. No sign yet of the spaghetti squash or cucamelons, or the cucumbers - and a colleague has given me some gem squash seeds so they'll be going into pots this evening.

Oh, and as proof that sometimes the Universe listens, I was looking at the garden at the weekend and thinking about how hard it was going to be to be heartless enough to dig out any of the cornflowers or lemon balm and chuck it on the compost. Today I got an email from a local community group, Local Environmental Action for Florence park, asking for bee-friendly flowering plants and herbs for a new flowerbed at the community centre, so I've offered plants as well as digging time!


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