Marching forth

A handful of fat leeks were pulled up from the soil, more black plastic sheeting laid down to warm the soil, and December’s garlic was transplanted from pot to earth, giving us five-and-a-half rows of green shoots, and over a hundred bulbs of garlic to come.

The soil dug easily, part crumbly, part clay; warmed by its few weeks under plastic. I teased apart the jumble of long white roots on each shooting clove of garlic before plunging them back into the soil. The pot-grown shoots have a slight advantage over the later direct-planted cloves, but all show firm green shoots. Perhaps I should have used string to mark my rows though, they weave in a rather drunken manner. “Cottage garden style!” we exclaim and smile.

There is a new quality to the sun, despite frosty mornings and cold nights; during the day it streams into long-forgotten nooks and crannies of house and heart. The cats bound around the garden, gaining confidence in their new kingdom, climbing the stacks of wooden pallets and sizing up the trees.

The birds sing through the clear skies, daffodils unfold their golden petals and the pear tree cordons are bejewelled with green feathery buds.

Spring, it seems, is finally making its presence felt.

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8 thoughts on “Marching forth

  1. How wonderful to see all those lovely green shoots appearing from looks like rather gorgeous soil. I agree, it does begin to feel different outside. Yesterday there was a thin film of ice on the pond but I pottered around setting up the cold frame without a coat and happily sat and chatted with a cup of tea outside by the pond rather than cowering in the greenhouse. Happy Spring!

  2. Your garlic looks great, planted mine out this weekend but only half what you have, maybe need more.

    • Heh, I’m wondering if we’ve overplanted rather, but it was a waste not to plant every clove from the bulbs we bought. We both love garlic, though a hundred-odd bulbs may push us to the limit. πŸ™‚

  3. Sounds idyllic! Nice to see your Blog header picture of the hills without snow on them now…
    I want to see some more pictures of your cats! πŸ™‚

    • The hills do look lively in their spring colours, although the trees are still bare; a welcome change from the drear of winter though!
      You may regret asking for more pictures of the cats πŸ˜‰

    • Thanks Laura – I’m not sure about garlic farm, but suspect our friends and family will be sick of the taste and smell of garlic by the end of the year! πŸ™‚ The kittens are full of the joys of spring. Sleeping at the minute, I think, having worn themselves out earlier… x

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