I’ve fallen into that classic gardener’s trap! I’ve let a fairly mild regional winter lull me into a false sense of security – I’ve sown everything early in expectation of a warm spring and my greenhouse is now bulging with seedlings yearning to be planted out in the garden. I now fear I may lose my grip, thanks to the battering my coastal garden is taking with all the recent wind and rain.


This cold, wet weather is delaying the movement of plants from the greenhouse out into the garden. Seedlings are already desperate for more nutrients than the compost they were sown in can provide. This has lead to the extra step of potting on, rather than planting out, meaning more money has had to be spent on compost, more greenhouse space is being taken up with the larger pots and more time has been spent on the plants than I had planned. But with cold rain lashing at my garden I have no choice at the moment

I did manage to plant out some hardy salad crops into containers and some very poor looking cornflowers, which will perk up once established in the ground.

All I can do is hope that the weather improves before my greenhouse bulges with young plants.


  • allotmentmum

    for once, being late planting seeds, hasn’t been such a bad thing!

  • allotmentmum

    for once, being late getting seeds in, hasn’t actually been a bad thing!

  • Marion Monahan

    You are not alone, Michelle. Deceptive spring weather early on had us thinking spring had come. And still we get icy blasts which could nip the fruits of our labour in the bud. I have resorted to bringing trays of plants which should be hardening off into the kitchen at night as the conservatory and all windowsill are full. But I always say I live in a garden with a house attached so this year it is quite evident.

  • louise shefford

    Totally know what you mean, Michelle. Got lots of seedlings underway at the moment and out the overflow in the laundry room but that gave some of them mildew issues. So now have bought a mini mini greenhouse instead to supplement my mini greenhouse and handle the overflow 🙂