Yesterday my eye was drawn to the window by a sudden bright light in the garden. The sun had come out on January 30th.
I went into the greenhouse and found it was warm enough to produce those delicious soily, leafy smells that are as much a part of the pleasure of having a greenhouse as what you see in it.
Could it really be 29 degrees, or do I have a thermometer programmed to tell people what they want to hear?
Well, maybe it's right. The cauliflower seeds I planted three weeks ago have already burst into life.
Maybe Homebase's promise of "Cauliflower All The Year Round" will be fulfilled. Or at least, I could have a glut of cauliflower all at once, in about April or May.
And there's more. Last weekend I managed to sprinkle a big pot with Parsnip Student seeds ("very good long-rooted narrow cored heritage variety"). They're not due to be harvested until October at the earliest, but there's no harm in giving them a good run at it.