Monday, 4 May 2015

That's better

Ah, now that's better. I only managed half of it but the soil on the right is the bit I've been working on. Not a seed potato nor a weed in sight.
I'm feeling a ridiculous glow of satisfaction at the sight of this well-prepared seedbed. Middle age has truly arrived. So has a glass of white wine!

Rogue potatoes

Each one of these critters is a potato which I missed when I was harvesting last year. I clearly did not do a very thorough job!
They have waited it out through the winter, and now they are popping up all over my so-called seedbed. Along with earthing up this year's crop once more, the other job I will be getting on with today is digging these out.

Monday, 27 April 2015

Early Garlic

This is the 2015 garlic crop. I am growing 10 different varieties this year. Most of them are doing pretty well. What we don't need now is a cold wet May, as that won't do them any good at all.
It is way too early, but I dug one out to see how it was doing and it's looking pretty good. I'm cooking spaghetti primavera tonight, and just couldn't bring myself to use old garlic that's been in cold storage all winter. It just wouldn't be right.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Earthing up

The Rocket new potatoes which I planted on 23 March have just appeared above the soil. My lovely mini vegetable hoe from Santa is proving just the job to earth them up.

It is hot work down at the allotment this afternoon, and I am feeling distinctly overdressed... And very lucky not to be at work!

Earthing up

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Planting notes 16th April

It's seed sowing time again!

I'm planting a double row of "Touchon" carrot and "Paris silverskin" onions, with the carrots underneath and the onions on top. I've done this successfully before in pots, and in the raised beds at home. Let's hope it works as well at the allotment.
I should be able to use the onions young as spring onions, or leave in the ground longer and use a salad onion.
Next up, the remainder of a packet of "French Breakfast" radish from last year, and turnip "snowball", a white variety which can be eaten raw in salads.
Then, a single row of perpetual spinach, again left over from last year. We'll see how they do. Finally, a single row of "Long White Icicle" radish. These should allegedly be ready to eat within 25 days of planting.
Job done! I feel just like Monty Don.

Monday, 10 June 2013

Glad to grow comfrey

I planted a row of comfrey seeds at the lottie last year, mainly as I'd heard that the leaves are a good compost activator.
I'm so glad I did. They are beautiful plants, covered in deep purple flowers. The bees seem to enjoy them too.
Some of these may be finding their way into the garden...

Lincolnshire Sky

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