Life on the Weald - and in the garden - February 2022
The month started with very mild weather.
Monday 7 February was like a spring day with blue skies and temperatures reaching 12C. But it wasn't to last!
The temperature began to drop on the Tuesday. I had sown some parsnip seeds which I covered with fleece.
|8 Feb - Parsnips sown
I dug a shallow trench for the first row of First Early Red Duke of York potatoes, and part filled the trench with some good compost before planting the seed potatoes that had been chitted.
Saturday 12th was bright but cold with strong winds which, overnight at home, had brought down one of the branches from our eucalyptus tree.
The kale which had not been netted had been devastated by pigeons, but the crop was coming to an end but the purple sprouting broccoli was looking good and almost ready to harvest.
Sunday 13 and Monday 14 February were miserable days with persistent rain and a maximum temperature of only 7C. At home the crocuses were flowering on the lawn and the fallen branch from the eucalyptus can be seen in the background.
On 15 February we took off for Spain, returning on 28 February. Whilst we were away some of the worst storms in recent history hit the UK. Damage and flooding in the North of England was extensive but the South East did not escape some damage. We were worried about our allotment but were reassured when Sylvi's son, Luke, sent us some photos.
Our shed, which was already a bit worse for wear, had survived miraculously and the roof had stayed on but the doors were blown in and the shed is now at a jaunty angle and some panels have come adrift.
|Another plot holder's greenhouse
Judging by the photos sent to me, I assumed our plastic storage box would be a write-off as the lid and one of the doors had blown off, presumably snapping the hinges.
There will certainly be lots of clearing up to do on our return.