Son Billy showing Callum his first snowfall!The pristine white landscape of the past few days has changed suddenly to wet and windy!The rain beating on the bedroom window woke me this morning around 6.30am.Yes rain..it was forecast yesterday that the south would be hit with gale force wind and heavy rain which would fall as snow on high ground and farther up the country.I drove out to Blarney to pick up the two girls who are off school today, the roads are flooded and we have a few waterfalls which appeared overnight, one in particular across from the Commons Inn is pouring down on to the roadway in torrents.
DIL Janice with Callum and puppy Rocco getting in on the act!Rocco is partial to carrots and ran away with the snowman's nose when nobody was looking!
The ground is frozen solid which is why we have water now flowing across roads etc.A lot of houses around the city and country are without water,mainly due to frozen pipes but also because the water level in some of the reservoirs is very low?! I cannot understand this as we were under water a few weeks ago?!
Last night I decided to get out my stash of seeds to see what we had.I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of seeds we have. They are all usable apart from the parsnip seeds which are recommended to be bought fresh each year.This year we are going to concentrate on making the 2 plots pay as we are paying 200e for each plot this year.It is still very reasonable when I hear what other allotments are charging. We have running water on stand pipes between all of the plots, a tool shed and tea room, plenty of parking and toilets on site.
WE did not grow enough of the staple foods last year like carrots,cabbage and salad leaves.We had runner beans coming out our ears which are still in the freezer. Nothing wrong with that but we could have been wiser with what we did plant, ie:vegetables we use on a daily basis all year round.
We won't be digging out on the plot anytime soon but I checked to see what could go in ASAP.
Mr Fothergill Contained garden: Carrots Amsterdam 3
Baby carrots with good colour and texture,fast growing with sweet flavour and good yields.Can be sown directly from Jan to June and harvested from April to Oct.These are suitable for growing in containers and small gardens too
WE only planted summer cabbage last year, Derby day which was tasty and well worth growing but this year we will plant a few different types to stagger the harvest period more.Can be grown on a windowsill or propagator from Jan and outside when the weather improves.
You can never have enough lettuce, this cos can be grown all year round outdoors or in a fairly cool greenhouse.
It is nice to have something to look forward to in the garden, this weather has to improve sometime!WE have heavy rain at the moment which is cold as temps are only about 5%C.Gale force winds which have just whipped the centre strip of felt from my shed roof here at home. I had to go out to bring my hedge cutter and drill indoors and cover the pressure washer with a black bag as that is too big to bring inside.Everything else is just going to have to cope with being wet for a while until I figure out what to do with it.