I love clear frosty mornings,
not only does the sun lift your spirit, the birds sing, the air is clear and you know that any aphid that is silly enough to have thought spring was on the way has been given a shock.
On the other hand I know that the grey, dank, gloomy days one can get in January and February are, to use a wonderful word, lugubrious . It is on those days that working in the glasshouse can lift your spirits, as there is nothing more inspiring than seeing seedlings emerging.
Also, when I take a tea break in the afternoon, I top up my good mood with a cup of 3pm tea, the sheer warmth and aroma of the peppermint warms the cockles of one’s heart.
I can hear you all muttering that I am having a senior moment, well may be, but seriously there is nothing more inspiring than raising plants. So top tip for the next few weeks, prepare some plug trays or a small pot, fill with seed compost, water in well, then sow the herb seeds of your choice, cover with perlite, not vermiculite. For those that don’t know the difference, perlite is the white light product and does not hold water
and vermiculite is the beige product that does hold water. Only water again if you find that the compost is drying out and, if it is a salad herb, the seed will sprout within a week. At that point it is crucial not to over water. So a good tip is to water in the morning before you leave for work, not at night so that the seedlings do not go to bed wet.