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Embracing Spring: A Reflection on Gardening in March by Director Martin Conyers

A beautiful Spring day- warm sunshine, the melody of birdsong, the first whispers of wild garlic waft through the breeze, and bees emerge from their winter slumber, ready for a bumble amidst the blossoms. 

If it weren’t for the still stubbornly sodden and squelchy ground it would be easy to forget we have just endured the wettest February on record. A note of caution though – don’t be in too much of a hurry to plunge headlong into the frenzy of seed sowing. 

It’s still early and the ground is sodden. Much better to start plants off in trays and pots and plant them out when big enough to cope with weather and they can out-compete any (or some anyway !) weeds and pests.

Patience in the garden yields sweet rewards - spring sowing

Good intentions don’t put food on the table!  Very true but it’s hard not to be full of them at this time of year- just don’t be hard on yourself when things don’t go exactly as intended.  For all the cropping plans we’ve devised to ensure continuity of produce throughout the coming season and careful choice of ‘tasty ‘ varieties, we still have to contend with mice nibbling the peas and … hmm I’m sure I saw a rabbit scampering off!

To all our friends who grow their food whether you’re an old hand or eager novices, whether blessed with acres or a humble windowsill, we extend our heartfelt wishes for a bountiful year.  And if you do have a surplus please remember there are many organisations that we are happy to recommend who would distribute it to help fight against the ongoing issue of food poverty.

 

In an unheated greenhouse or windowsill, you can now sow cauliflower, lettuce, spinach, kohl rabi, rocket, broad beans, cabbage, peas, radish, turnip and more, each a testament to the optimism that springs eternal in the heart of every gardener.

So let us embrace the season with open arms, tending to our plots with care and devotion, knowing that within the soil lies not only the promise of sustenance but also the seeds for a more sustainable tomorrow.

And don't forget to clean your garden tools so they last longer and work harder.

And don't forget to clean your garden tools so they last longer and work harder.

Take care and hopefully see you at Wild Acres soon!

Martin Conyers

Wild Acres