The weather has been playing havoc, not just here , but all over the UK. I have been professionally growing herbs for over 30 years and I have never known a spring like it. It is not just the cold winds and the unseasonable weather it is also the low light level which is equally detrimental making seed germination erratic and slow.
Because of this unseasonably cold weather we have had to adapt our plans over the past week. It all started with Plan A = plant the Herboretum,
But with the change in the weather we then moved to Plan B = collect plants for Herboretum but do not plant as weather is too cold.
That did not work as it the wind chill got even colder so we adopted Plan C = make lists of plants which need to be collected for Herboretum.
Having finished collecting and making lists we moved on to Plan D = make more labels for the Herboretum
Today the wind chill has become so cold -7C, with a forecast for later in the week of -9C, that we had to implement Plan E = cover the young the plants that are already planted to protect them from the cold wind.
We open on Friday 29th March, regardless of the weather, with a little help from our friends who, despite the cold, came and helped us paint the old potting shed for our first Herb Friday.
Having become a weather watcher I note, as I write this blog, that they say that on Saturday 30th March it will be 13C ! We wait and see with fingers crossed that the weather will turn a day earlier . Even though we cannot guarantee the weather there will be a warming cup of tea or coffee and home made cakes; as well as some glorious herbs that have kindly decided to put their heads above the soil.