With rain on and off for most of the week, and more forecast for next, a speedy gardening project was needed. So a neat little box from the Christmas clementines was commandeered and filled with fresh compost. Dried peas were scattered over the surface and more compost added to cover. It may provoke a change in the warm weather but if it remains mild then green pea shoots should be ready for picking in a week or two.
Whilst I was out there and dressed for the weather I started off the Sutton Dwarf broad beans. These are good for exposed sites and require no staking. The plants can be added to by sowing directly in the ground in rows in March every two weeks.
Rainbow chard is still looking good and I am determined to prevent any flowers forming by nipping them out in the centre of the plant as soon as they start to form. The same should be done with Swiss chard and then both these plants can be considered perennials and will produce leaves for up to three years.
There’s very little in flower but two rosebuds from the recently planted Bourbon rose Madame Isaac Pereire appeared and were added to a vase of prostrate Rosemary in full bloom and pineapple sage flowers and leaves.