|The View from the gate on a damp morning|
Anyway, we decided it was time to pull up our remaining Japanese over-wintering onions before they rotted, especially as the ground is so sodden. These have worked out great and we'll definately plant them again. They're quite mild, so will be great in salads, and the green parts can be used like spring onions.
The broad bean plants are doing great, they're our star performers so far. I've heard that they can get obliterated by greenfly, but our are an aphid-free zone so far. We picked a few to give to Kasia's folks, which, considering the amount of digging Kasia's mum has done on our patch, felt like a somewhat paltry offering. More in the future, hopefully.
|Will. Not a scientologist.|
In less good news, pretty much everything we tried to plant direct into the ground - beetroot, radishes and the like - has been a total wash out, either not germinating or succumbing to flea-beetle. We had a word with a bloke called Jim on the allotment, who has been in the veg game for yonks, as his beetroot are phenomenal. Turns out he started his in seed modules, as we will next time round. Great to have people like Jim around the place, with his hard-earned vault of veg-knowledge. Also, ALL our carefully nurtured climbing beans have been eaten by something, leaving us with a carefully constructed cane wig-wam, with nothing to climb up it. Boo.
|Do you see any beetroot, radishes or turnips? No, me neither.|
|An horrendous git|
We then had a fab night in the caravan near Warkworth, before heading back home, half expecting to see the allotment completely washed away. Happily enough, things weren't too bad, with only some red onions suffering as the soil they'd been growing had been washed away. Our strawberries had been covered in soil too, but I just dug them out. Having seen our allotment buddy Toni dig up some early spuds I gave in to temptation and dug up a plant. They were mostly tiny, but at least all healthy looking, and they hadn't been attacked by any slugs. How will they taste? Well, they're for tonight's dinner, so I'll leave it on a cliffhanger. Come back next time to find out!