Friday, 10 February 2012


There is nothing more frustrating than wanting to do something, but not being able to do it.

We're at war with the elements at the moment and this is what we are having to fight against...

A soft sprinkling of 2cm of snow surprised most of us last night. However at least it wasn't the 10cm that we had been promised last night on the weather forecast. Amy and I watched the snow sprinkle over the road from our bedroom window until midnight and we envisaged waking up to a collossal level of the white stuff. However just the small sprinkling was all that was left at 8am but it did pick up again at 9am and it hasn't stopped lightly snowing ever since.

The reason why I am so frustrated is that I really want to get a move on with preparing the ground for the new growing season. I've already dug over half of the patch and covered it with organic material but because of the snow at the end of last week I have not been able to do the other half. The last thing I want to do is to lock the extremly cold ground temperatures in to the soil which could of course prohibit this years plants from growing as quickly as we would like.

In this situation the best thing to do is definately to wait. But I'm just so eager, so I'm going to have to find something to do inside instead. It's a good job I bought a mini propagator last week then isn't it?

Have a good day, and keep warm!



  1. i'm with you martin, if this weather carrys on much longer might have to turn my living room into an allotment patch! lol SO want to get going with everything, I dont have much room left on my window sills!

  2. Except for a few tomatoes on the windowsill and my chitting potatoes that is all I have done so far - it is frustrating but there's nowt we can do about it.

  3. Wouldn't it be great to get out there and dig, dig,dig!!

  4. You're ahead of me, I've still got the whole allotment to dig over as it didn't get done before winter set in. We've got snow on the ground here so there's no chance at the moment.

  5. How can you lock the cold temperatures into the soil? This concept is perplexing to me.

    1. Hi Linda.

      Thaks for popping by to read the blog. The idea is that if you dig soil when it is really cold and then cover it with the mulch sheet, the sheet acts as an insulator which in this circumstance would keep the soil cold. It's the same sort of idea as:

      Would a snowman melt faster it was wearing a jumper?

      No it would melt more slowly because there is a layer of cold air insulating it.

      I hope that makes sense. It's worth avoiding nonetheless. I will just wait patiently until the temperature outdoors reaches double figures again.

  6. can i recover my frustration

  7. can i recover my frustration


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