Well the weather has certainly changed, as forecast the mild and sunny conditions have been replaced with cooler cloudier ones. Friday, 17 March 2017 is the spring Equilux when the hours of daylight and darkness are equal. I always thought that occurred at the equinox but that's not exactly the case. I think that the equinox is the theoretical time of equal day and night but in practice the atmosphere around the earth, amongst other things, mean that what we see on earth doesn't exactly fit with the theoretical time. The result is that we see equal night and day four days before the spring equinox.
Our first seeds of the season have pushed their heads through the compost over the last couple of days.
Leeks - Blue Solaise
These leeks Blue Solaise are pushing through the compost. It's always a bit of a relief when the first sowings of the year start to appear. We are still harvesting last year's leeks so some of these seedlings could be on the dinner plate this time next year. Not long to wait then!
Broad Bean - Witkiem Manita
It's a bit early to be sure but it looks like the germination of our broad beans has been good and both seeds planted in a cell have germinated. We shouldn’t have to wait as long, as we do for the leeks, before we start harvesting some beans. Hopefully we'll be picking our first pods by early July.
This blog records the local weather details near to my allotment plot in Wakefield. The details are gathered from a weather station which I set up in my garden during October 2009. Click here to read about set up.
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