When the light levels are so low and the garden so wet and muddy it can sometimes be an effort to bother going and seeing what's happening out there, but I dragged on my wellies and went for a look.
The snowdrops near the house are always very early, sometimes flowering at Christmas. Such delicate looking little flowers, but so tough to be out at the coldest time of the year.
The Veg plot has been very neglected since last autumn. The weather was so wet I didn't get round to tidying all the dead stuff away. We made a start at the weekend, clearing some of the beds so that one of the compost bins could be emptied. Lovely dark crumbly stuff, it does wonders for our poor chalky soil.
Not very glamorous but I wouldn't be without them! There's something very therapeutic about turning over half rotted compost and digging out the finished stuff!
There's a few veggies left. The leeks did well, but the ones that are left look rather tatty so I'll pull them all up and see if there's anything worth using. The brassicas are still going strong. I haven't bothered with them before so wasn't sure what to expect, but we've had the Cavalo Nero and the Curly Kale a few times and they were very good.
There's a few plants of purple sprouting broccoli which haven't produced any sprouts yet, though the packet does say March/April so there's still hope!
And I noticed today a little Romanesco cauliflower hidden amongst the leaves. Looking forward to eating that.
This chard plant is still producing lots of new growth and is about the most colourful thing in the garden at the moment so it can stay for a while.
I wonder what sort of weather we'll get this year. 2012 wasn't great for veg gardeners, with a lot of the more tender crops suffering. It's tempting to give up on things like squashes and French beans, but some years have been much better, so I think I'll keep trying alongside the more reliable things like runner beans and peas. Now we just need some sun!