Today’s radio headline: ‘coldest Spring in 30 years’. It would feel much warmer if we didn't have such windy conditions.
The Northern Ireland Met Office has indicated that the mean UK temperature for spring (March, April, May) 2013 will be around 6.1°C (43F), which would make it the 6th coldest spring in national records dating back to 1910 and the coldest since 1979 when the mean temperature was 6.0 °C (43F). Burrr.
This post links in with the weather, as it includes plants that don't seem to mind the cold weather.
Left: Leeks don't mind a bit of cold; this one was planted last Spring, wasn't eaten, and continues to grow; likely to begin to flower soon.
|I was delighted to learn that celery can be treated as a 'cut and come again' crop so I left last year's crop in the ground all Winter and it hasn't minded the cold weather. Here it is starting to green up and grow; looking good.|
|Onions 'Stuttgarter' were planted into the ground last week and don't seem to mind the cooler Spring weather.|
|Fennel is getting fluffier by the day. Wondering how I can use some of it - maybe a casserole of some sort?|
|The rhubarb has been harvested over the last four weeks and still more crumbles to make!|
I've planted numerous seeds direct outside and undercover, all of which are slowly making progress. I think I'll try to keep courgette covered as long as possible as they seem to dislike a Spring chill. I'm hoping to get dwarf beans (French and Purple Queen) planted outside in early June. Just hoping we get some nicer weather!
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