|Some time later...|
Actually, before I get into that, I noticed that I've been doing this blog thing for just over a year now, so in spite of my reservations about attributing anniversaries to inanimate things like bits of amateurish writing on the internet: Happy Birthday Patchy Growth! To mark this momentous occasion, I thought I'd bung up a pic from our very first day on the plot next to one from Sunday, both taken from the same spot. See if you can tell which is which...
In a possibly long overdue move, we got our brassicas into the ground, under netting as above. We've got Romanesco Caulis (or Broccoli? I'm never sure) and Seaweed Kale going on. we had great success with the Romanescos last year, so are hoping for a repeat. We never got round to planting any Kale last year, so am looking forward to that. Having suffered lost brassicas through clubroot before, we've limed the patch, so hopefully that will suffice.
In another better-late-than-never manoeuvre, I got the tomato plants that didn't make it into the ground last week into growbags. We got 12 plants (I forget what type they are) from Jimmy, the tomato-guru of our allotments, plus 6 Black Cherry that we grew from seed ourselves. As I mentioned last time out, we very nearly knackered all these beyond redemption, not realising quite how much watering things need once they go into a polytunnel. Happily, they all look like they're going to manage to produce at least some toms, though no doubt far fewer than if we'd looked after the properly. You live and learn.
|A tomato, in spite of our neglect|
A few strawberries have started ripening. The ones on the right are an Alpine type, which look like they should taste great, but actually don't have much flavour. The larger ones, which I think come from plants my Dad gave us ages ago, taste ok, but nothing really special. I think we may have to start again with some plants specifically selected for flavour next year.
Another plant's worth of Rocket first earlies provided more than enough for a meal for the two of us. These have done brilliantly, although it seems that as we go through our crop we're going to be sharing more an more of it with the slugs.
The majority of the time though was spent on trying to prevent the weeds really taking over patches. It really is amazing just how fast everything is tanking along. By the time I get round to writing about where we're up to this weekend who knows what madness will have happened?!