Minus 5 °C inside the polytunnel two night’s ago. I think that’s the coldest recorded this winter. The temperature also shows the high of 39 °C. That’s the remarkable feature of a polytunnel - any direct sunshine rapidly heats up the temperature inside it even on the coldest days.
I like to sow seeds relatively late, as the risk of frost wastes seeds and creates more work trying to protect plants that don’t like the cold. This spell of cold weather has spurred me on to start sowing my French beans and squash, I’m hoping it will be followed by warmer weather that lasts.
I am experimenting with a straw mulch around the base of the raspberry canes. I’m hoping this will keep the soil more moist, stopping the sun baking and drying out the soil. If it works the canes will grow better and the fruit will be larger, and it may reduce weeding too.
Is this is a Spanish bluebell? Almost an electric blue colour, and the plant has broad leaves. Someone at the allotment has planted these around the base of their apple tree. A lovely sight to see on the walk to my plot.
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