Thursday, March 8, 2012

Victoria's Green Matters - 8th March 2012

Deal With IT's Secretary Victoria Nicholls writes a regular column in the East Kent Mercury:
 It seems that spring is on the way at last! These last weeks of winter always appear to be longer and drearier than they should be but spring flowers in the garden serve to cheer us along to better times. How lovely it was to see the snow drops, even if they did spend some very cold days buried in snow, and now we see miniature daffodils, tiny iris, crocus and muscari to brighten a dull, wet day.

It is the time of year that we can start thinking about what we can grow as the days get longer and the temperature rises. Those of us lucky enough to have allotments, large plots or greenhouses will already have seeds sown and will be looking forward to planting out seedlings at the appropriate time. For the rest of us, we are waiting until the ground is warm enough for us to sow our seeds directly outside and to see the miracle of new growth pushing through the soil.

It seems strange that we here in the Southeast are suffering from drought but try looking back over the autumn and winter and it is difficult to remember any prolonged rain. Today we have welcome rain for our parched plots and we must conserve as much water as we can. It is a great idea to install water butts in your garden to capture the rain; your plants will thank you, as they prefer rainwater to our hard tap water.

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