I’m trying very hard to temper my exhuberance

Dahlias - one of the boldest plants you can grow .

GARDENING: Brian Kidd is planning for summer with dahlias

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Liz Bourne and her family have transformed their small Southsesa back garden into a grow-your-own plot

After last week’s excitement at the sight of broad bean seedlings on the windowsill, I’m now in the unenviable position of having to try to temper my green-fingered exuberance.

As my courgette seedlings are now showing signs of flowering, or at least small buds have appeared, my mind has turned to the beds outside and the vision of the abundant harvest to come.

However, thanks to a work colleague’s advice, I’m having to force myself to keep all plants indoors until at least the beginning of May.

Given that May is almost here, that doesn’t seem too bad in principle. But as many gardeners know it’s often quite tricky to hold back when your windowsills are groaning and your garden resembles an abandoned battlefield, bare and muddy.

But my patience will be worth it. After nurturing the seeds on the windowsills, the last thing I want is to see them wither and perish in a late spring frost.

So my beds will remain covered for a few days longer, then I shall spend a happy afternoon putting out my carefully-tended seedlings and hope that they survive the ravages of other environmental factors such as even later cold spells, lack of water and unwanted feline attention.

Maybe then I can treat myself to a trip to the garden centre to buy some plug plants.

Cheating? Maybe, but a more reliable way to ensure sweetcorn and mange tout have a chance to make it to adulthood.