If ‘talking about the weather’ was an Olympic sport, us Brits would win gold every time. This week, whole TV schedules were given over to weather reporters, all intimidating us with updates on ‘Snowmeggedon’, while social media ran amok with snapshots of snow angels and clips of puppies diving into snowdrifts. Meanwhile, Twitter highlighted the dangerous fact that the British public were actually having fun. These were dark times indeed.
But now, the temperatures are beginning to rise and the snow is melting. Normality returns. The white blanket of snow has been snatched away, revealing signs of life once more, as spring bulbs resume their upward journey, piercing through the hardened soil.
But before you grab your trusty spade and head for the allotment, remember that digging your soil while the ground is still frozen could do more harm than good. Damaging the soil structure, so close to a new growing season, is not what you want to be doing right now. Turning your soil, and exposing those vital yet fragile micro-organisms, fungi, and earth worms (that work so hard to keep your soil fertile) to the harsh elements, could leave your soil starved of nutrients in the months to come.
For now, resist the urge. I know, the allotment looks messy, and things need to be done before spring kicks in, but fret not, the soil will thank you in the summer months, with a bounty of fresh veg and beautiful blooms.
However, there are plenty of other jobs you can be doing right now. And for those of you who lack the inclination to face the elements and make a start on the garden, fear not, for Agent Ade is here to limber you up, and get you in the mood for the growing season ahead!
With the snow gone, and the sun shining (I know sunshine, who would have thought it), Agent Ade braved the elements to put together a spanking new gardening video.
So don those wellies, break out the lycra, and let’s get those gardening muscles warmed up.