|Carrot Seeds. And my hand.|
|Raised bed, prepped for carrot seeds|
|Carrot seeds in|
Also sowed were a good few rows of beetroot (in addition to those we've started at home in modules) and parsnips. Parsnips are the one thing that has always done consistently well for us sowed directly. Will it maintain its winning streak?
|Parsnip seeds in|
|Mix and match broad beans|
On realising we didn't have enough compost to complete the day's planned sowings we decided upon an impromptu trip out to Wylam. I don't think the nurseries there are the cheapest around, but everything we've had from them had seemed to do well, so it's starting to become our go-to spot for all things plant related. They've got some serious glasshouse real-estate, filled with all manner of edibles and ornamentals. Great for cheating if something you've sown yourself hasn't worked out (see broad beans).
|You should find what you're after here I'd have thought|
|The Tyne, looking rather rather I'd say.|
|Wild garlic aplenty. Plus, pretty blue flowers.|
|Healthy looking peas|
|Strawberries old and new|
|Watering in the goosberry|
All that was left was to give things a wetting - we're running very low on barrelled water, so the previously vandalised main supply will hopefully come back on stream soon - and gather up the first rhubarb harvest of the year. Some of this went into a very good loaf-cake Kasia baked, the remainder of which I fancy doing as an accompaniment to an oily fish like mackerel or herring.
So, a really great day sur le plot, and a mini trip out to boot, it felt like we got loads done. The only thing concerning me about the upcoming season is that we haven't really brought much manure into our patches over the winter, just a bag or two here and there. Hopefully chicken pellets will keep things going until we can take delivery a proper motherload of cow crud this autumn. Apart from that minor worry, things are looking dandy-o. We've got a tonne of stuff in modules at home, all the spuds are in and things are looking neat. There's nothing quite like being able to say "looking good!" as you do that final survey of the plot, the sun's power fading all the while. "Gin and tonic?" "Yeah, too right."