With Spring being as unpredictable as only Spring knows how to be, we've had plenty of opportunities for home-based activities. We so enjoy the warm, rainy days of Spring that encourage us to plan for our Summer garden and allow short spurts of planting/preparing (between rain showers!). Dada/D particularly loves the storms and the soft fall of Spring rain that we've experiened on and off over the past few days. He says it takes him back to the West Coast and I have to say that I often feel the same way. All this rain has us thinking about our next trip, which given we've just bought a new house, might not happen as quickly as we'd like but, that's okay (sort of!).
We're starting to reap the rewards of some early Spring planting with an abundance of rocket, celery and all manner of herbs filling the garden but this November, with the move fast approaching, there's not much point planting in the garden beds themselves.
So, we've taken to sowing seeds in portable trays, thanks to the inpiration of friends who gave Rafael some butternut pumpkin seeds, some soil mixture, a spade and a seedling tray for his birthday. I've wanted to plant from seed for some time now but, with only a small area to work in and pesky blackbirds likely to eat the seeds, we've always opted for seedlings. Our current garden beds that are soon to be dwarfed by more space than we've had in years so we expanded our seed stock and planted away! We're now watching and waiting excitedly for zucchini, corn, tomato (in addition to what we've already planted to pots), lettuce and butternut pumpkin. Wish us luck on our first adventure with seeds! (actually, we've never grown corn or butternut pumpkin from anything - not in our own yard anyhow, only in the big vegie gardens of our parent's homes).