This is the journal of my endeavours to grow a range of fruit, veg and flowers from seed, grow organically, and my attempts to create a personal paradise with 1/2 acre of maintained gardens and 1/2 acre wild meadows. Northern Ireland's average daily high temperatures are 18 °C (64 °F) in July and 6 °C (43 °F) in January. Soil type: Clay

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Sunshine and hail stones

This morning I was volunteering at Antrim Castle Gardens in the community gardens and the weather was gorgeous and sunny. I harvested radishes (which are tasty in stir fry), and prepared a new veg planting area where I'll plant climbing beans, a selection of courgette (zucchini) / squash, and a range of veg, grown from seed.

Heading home, I thought, 'happy days, I'll get out into the garden.' Suddenly the skies turned grey and a shower of hail stones came down. Typical of this time of year in Northern Ireland.  You can see the hail stones in the photo above, in my low maintenance garden area.

Once again, there goes my plans for a day of gardening. Oh well, I'll do a bit of indoor garden planning!

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  1. Oh, this hail is so dense it looks like your garden is covered in snow :(
    Luckily it's still not vegetable season so I'm guessing there's not too much damage.

  2. We had a shower of hail the other day too.

  3. I guess I'll take hailstones over real snow! We got snow on Saturday, and frigid temperatures, and it was most unwelcome. This week should be better.

  4. Thanks for sharing this blog. I like your work. I also have a Garden maintenance company where we provide all landscaping services.