And so finally the harvest begins. It feels like this point has taken longer to get to than in previous years, but looking here and here shows that we're about level par; some things are further ahead and others behind where we were in each of our first two years. The headline news is that a whole bunch of food is just about to come on-stream which is pretty damn exciting.
The first couple of allotment-based salads of the year have been consumed. Chard and spinach provide tender but substantial leafage, and some picture-perfect radishes lent colour and spice to tonight's plateful.
We also brought onions, chocolate mint, a few broad beans and a couple of beetroot home with us. Not huge amounts of anything, but a totemic moment in the season nonetheless.
In pulling up a flag, the better to get at a particularly obnoxious bindweed root, I sent these ants into a total frenzy. You've got to admire the ants, they don't mess about.
A couple of notes on things that are still some way off becoming viable food:
Climbing beans have, reassuringly, started heading north up their bamboo wig-wams. Last year they grew like stink, but the one before they just sat in the ground, didn't grow and then died. Looks like being closer to the former result this time round: hurrah!
Lettuces in the raised beds are doing well and have been miraculously unbothered by slugs.
Also in the raised beds, carrots seem to be doing fine. I had a bit of a weed of them, hope that didn't alert too many root fly to their presence...
Lets have a look at some flowers now shall we? Spuds first. The mostly white/light pink ones are our Desiree main croppers. The darker pink ones are Maris Peer second earlies.
One slight downer is that, for whatever reason, our first early spuds have hardly flowered at all. Regardless, I thought I'd dig up a plant to see if there was much action taking place below ground level.
|A plant's worth|
In really annoying news, (presumably) the same set of semi-evolved half-wits that have vandalised the water supply in the past have been at it again. What particular cause they think they're forwarding here is anyone's guess. It was heartening to see that work was already being done today to put it back into operation.
So, while the success or otherwise of this years crops remains moot, it's fantastic to have even a small amount of home grown stuff back on the table. Here's wishing you a grand season and a bounty of produce, wherever you are.