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Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Lidl Seeds

I have posted a allotment blog on ukveggardeners.com (click on link on right) so I will leave it at that for the moment here, but I did call into Lidl on other peoples recommendations today, they have their seeds out for sale and I bought the following, small packets were 29p and large 49p to sow on the plot, there was also a muti-buy discount.
I will use the peas for making pea  shoots for salad use as I already have my tall pea variety.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Winter Weather mid March

Had a feeling planting my early potatoes might have been tempting fate, here in Eastbourne we had 4 inches of snow in 24 hour period.
It did bring lots of birds into the garden and onto the bird table where we had plenty of food out for them.
At the time of writing a partial thaw is under way but freezing again tonight is forecast.
Our resident robin has found a mate, I didn`t have the camera to hand when they met on the bird bath sadly, he tenderly offered her a bread crumb which she accepted, it was so nice to see as they are generally very territorial, anyway off they flew together. We hope they nest in our shrubbery again this year I did get a picture last year of one of the juveniles from a nest.

Resident robin
Juvenile robin they get the red breast at about 6 months

Blue Tit on the bird table very alert judging by the cocked head

We can almost guarantee a visit from the Wagtails when there is snow on the ground
Refraction of sun on thawing icicle tip

Reflection is my garden fence

Thaw is under way

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Potato Time

I intend to sow my first and second early potatoes within the next couple of weeks if the weather here in Eastbourne stays mild they are just about ready to go as you can see from the photos of them in egg boxes on my bedroom window sill where it is nice and cool.