Thursday, 18 April 2013

First 2013 entry - Spring's here at last - first time I've been able to get out into the garden.

 Well, at long last, Spring has arrived in Bavaria, Germany, as it has done for the last few years, with a vengeance - we've had temperatures up in the 70s and 80s this week - and nature is doing its best to make up for lost time, it seems. Winter seemed SO long this year and everyone is relieved to feel the sun on our backs. So I have taken advantage of the fact that I've had a bit of free time on my hands, and have re-weather-proofed the raised beds, put down fresh bark chippings in between (after laying new weed cloth along the back of the sfg area - the weeds came through a bit last year) , my herbs, spring salads and kohlrabi are coming up, and for a change this year, I've put a few flowers in the mix as we'll be away some of the summer and I won't be able to harvest things as much. It feels wonderful to have got everything ready at last.

The whole area from the south, taken this afternoon. The lovage is coming up very quickly in the middle.

From the top right: thyme, rosemary, oregano and chives, various bedding plants - to make a splash of clour, oak leaf lettuce, red kohlrabi and on the bottom left, stevia, which wintered in our living room, was cut back recently, and which I hope will do well in its corner there.

Cat mint, lettuces, kohlrabi and winter portulak.

Various lettuces, rocket (bottom left hand corner - winter hardy) and dill, sown under the obelisk.

Two blue lupins (right) and in the old sandpit, various bedding planst (campanula persicifolia, coreopsis grandiflora) cat mint, lettuces and rocket.

From the west.

Very exciting - this isn't a sfg, but my asparagus is coming up after I planted the plants last year. I'll be able to harvest one spear from each plant this year, and next year I will be able to harvest normally.