2017 has been a relatively benign winter in NW London: a few weeks of cold weather, but barely any snow on the ground. A brief use of a soil thermometer over the weekend of 19/20th February showed that, at 5cm depth, soil temperature was 8-9C, depending on location.
The over-wintered garlic plants, nibbled by birds during the winter, have perked up noticeably, the first obvious growing sign of the emergence from winter.
Two other two signs that spring is on the way is the first emergence of rhubarb and the first tiny green shoots on the comfrey plants. A third is the sudden emergence of green shoots on the parsnips still in the ground.
February 2017 has seen three events take place:
- Building a new pile of horse manure mixed with straw.
- Treating the undug beds with water dynamised with Horn Manure (purchased from the Biodynamic Association’s website).
- Sowing and transplanting the first seeds of the year indoors, namely:
- Spinach, peas for shoots, salad onions and cabbage.
- Onions and Beetroot.
- Early Tomatoes.
- Radish and turnips.
A separate post will be written for each of these three activities.