It’s not been the weather so far this year, but it will improve. I planted shallots today, and tidied up. Surprising amount of weed growth, so that made me check the compost heaps. I’m trying an experiment: the local council gave me a bin for organic waste, so I’ve used that for kitchen waste. It rots down very quickly in there, very much like an anaerobic digester. Next step is to dig a trench, tip in the waste from the bin and cover with a generous amount of soil. I did this last year, using it as the base for runner beans – didn’t do badly.
Good time of the year to check the garden fences, applying new preservative if required – do keep away from your plants. Also spend time in the shed. It needs tidying (if it’s like mine) and all the tools could do with a little love and attention.
Still time to order seeds and plants. Do look at Thompson & Morgan they are known for quality, and often have something just a little different, and their advice pages are invaluable.
Product of the month: a general-purpose horticultural knife. There’s all sorts of knives you can buy, but for me the knife to use is made by Whitby & Co. A well-established company their horticultural knife CK26 does the job. Comfortable rosewood handle, brass bolsters, with what is called a 3″ stainless steel blade, lambsfoot blade the retail price is £15.95 – you may find it cheaper but such a tool will be your constant companion, so get one today.
Some say that carbon steel blades are the best, but they can rust if left in a shed. Stainless steel works for me.