As I write the weather could best be described as changeable. Yesterday we had rain, sun, snow, sun, hail, sun, snow and ended with a lovely sunny evening!
As gardeners we just have to cope with variable weather. Life would be a lot simpler for us all if Mother Nature followed the rules and we got the weather we expect, but life is rarely that convenient. Don’t miss the chance to get out on the plot if the weather is up to it.
One way to handle variable weather is successional sowing. Many seeds are really cheap, so wasting a few isn’t a big deal. Sowing some seeds into pots or modules undercover, whether in a greenhouse or coldframe every 2 weeks will ensure some are ready to plant out when the weather is right.
With crops that you have to sow directly like carrots, horticultural fleece will help if the weather turns cold. On my raised beds I use netting above some crops to protect against birds. The netting has a side effect of reducing wind speed and this improves the micro-climate, reducing wind-chill and improving results.
And with potatoes you’re better planting in mid-April if the weather dictates than a month earlier. You’ll still get a crop and a better one than you would by planting in frozen ground at the ‘correct’ time.
As the April Dig for Victory Guide says
And although we shall be only too anxious to get on with arrears of clearing up; digging, seed sowing and planting, we shall find that “hasten slowly” is still sound advice when soil conditions are not right.