It's been nearly a month since the Christmas tree went off to live with my folks and the rowing machine (eBay bargain...I have no other defence but that) was sent off to the great big recycling pile in the sky.
This left a rather barren looking red Acer tree, four concrete troughs that have moved home with us three times, and a couple of pots of mint which seem to grow no matter how much I ignore them.
Obviously I needed some garden stuff!
A trip to the local garden centre saw me come away with eight strawberry plants (a mix of Cambridge Favourite and El Sante), 50 litres of organic compost and four rather wonderfully named "flower bridges", part of the Corsica range from Elho, which balance on balcony railings and lock together underneath.
To date we have shared a bumper crop of five strawberries. Not the best ROI but man alive they were fresh.
A week or two after this, far too late to start my own plants (thanks for the seeds mum) I felt the need for tomatoes, so popped back down to the GC and got a huge Red Plum plant for a bargainous £1.99. This got the Organic Compost treatment and is now heavy with the weight of 20 big green tomatoes, a little more summer and they should ripen nicely.
Feeling the need to grow something from seed, and thanks to a previous Birthday gift from my rather lovely wife, I had the perfect environment to start them off on the otherwise exposed balcony.
Reusing an old seed tray destined for the tip, the last of the organic compost and some Duchy Originals Spinach and the excitingly named Dynamite and Delight lettuce seeds (I guess you need a flashy name when you're a green leaf that gets coated in Salad Cream), I filled the little glasshouse and now await the first green shoots.
Bring on the greenhouse effect!