As you may have noticed, it snowed! We thought we could ignore it but no, it defeated us and in the end we had to postpone our chicken course. This does however mean there will be new dates announced so those who couldn’t make this one may be able to attend our new proposed dates! Urban Veg is looking amazing however and in the blue sky this morning, the garden smiled for the picture above.
There are ups and downs to snow in a garden:
On the up side you have the perfect excuse for working inside, caring for greenhouse seedlings and drinking too much tea.
You also have the advantage of following wildlife around the garden. By tracing their footprints you can discover exactly where a fox is getting into your garden or how many badgers come at night and if you’re lucky, how a bird seems to have escaped from a fight with a stoat or fox…
The downsides? Well, its cold, the ground is frozen solid and the mice are really, really hungry. We have a cat, Weasel, but she doesn’t like the snow and didn’t venture into the garden to stop the thieving mice who stole our peas, beans and courgettes, yes, courgettes! We have set some humane traps but there’s a temptation to feed the little burglars some very tasty treats to keep them off the veg but that will only lead to hoards of baby mice eating EVERYTHING!
Make sure you shake shrubs, roses, bamboo and any other plant laden with snow and do the same for poly tunnels, cold frames and any other structures you may have in the garden. Snow is actually very heavy and can do an awful lot of damage if left on branches, thin plastic covers or unbalanced cold frame lids!
Happy Urban Vegetating in this cold spell!
The Urban Veg Team.
FOR BEGINNERS WE HAVE OUR INTRODUCTION TO URBAN VEG COURSE STARTING ON THE 8TH APRIL. JUST TWO HOURS A WEEK TO LEARN THE FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES BEHIND GROWING FOOD AND INCREASE YOUR BOUNTY!