|Seen at Camden Lock Market yesterday afternoon - |
the waterbus frozen into its dock.
Recent warm sunny daytime temperatures had prompted thoughts of sowing a few herb seeds on the balcony. Thankfully I resisted. Instead, last weekend, I successfully split and repotted a floppy supermarket chive plant. Spring is the time to divide clumps of chives growing outside so I thought why not try this with my windowsill chive? It was beginning to look very sorry for itself, not far from that moment when you know that your supermarket herb will keel over regardless. Do or die time, I thought, as I removed the pot. Have you seen how many bulbs are crammed into one tiny pot? And, bizarrely, it looked as though the roots had been cut off close to the bulbs. Now, divided into six clumps and repotted into good fresh seed compost, the plants seem much happier and are throwing up flower shoots. Incidentally, chives grown from seed should be left to grow for a year then moved to their permanent position after frosts have passed.
|~ Divided we stand; united we fall! ~|
And the last essential job of the week was to move the veg patch lemon tree. Poor little thing suffered last year by being exposed to the full blast of winter and dropped all its leaves. It's pot grown so, this year, I've brought it upstairs to my tiny balcony, a space not much bigger than a metre square, and covered it with fleece protection. I'm working on the theory that the proximity to the flat creates a sheltered micro-climate for my plants but I'm still going to mulch the roots with straw, just in case!
February is forecast to be typically very cold. Good. The soil will be conditioned and soil borne pests and diseases will be zapped by the frost - ready for it all to begin again. Now, warm wellies on, I'm off to find my straw and check the snow damage in the garden. I hope that all my gardening friends will have heeded weather warnings and been able to protect their plants in time. Keep warm people!