We woke this morning to find we’d had a very rare snowfall during the night. In nine winters of spending part or all of the time here, this is the first time we’ve ever seen snow on the roofs like this. It all melted when the sun came up, but it is still very cold.
The first mini-greenhouse
While it’s too cold to work in the garden Lo Jardinièr has been making the first of two cloches or mini-greenhouses which will protect our plants once they have germinated and which can be put on the balconies in the sun. He’s a bit disappointed that he has had to buy some of the materials, a few bolts and a sheet of 3mm-thick transparent plastic. The other materials are recycled, though – some plastic wall panelling which our neighbour gave us and a fruit crate thrown out by the village shop (the owner puts these outside the shop specially so that gardeners can pick them up to reuse).
Trying it out with a couple of lemon seedlings we’ve grown from seed.
The whole structure fits well on our tiny balcony. Now to make another one for the other balcony.
I hope before long to have germinated pepper plants which we can put in this mini-greenhouse – and some warmer weather to encourage them to grow! Stefaneener and Kate both commented on my last post that pepper plants should have some liquid feed to help them grow, so we’ll definitely try that this year.