I’ve been making the most of the continuing good weather by doing plenty of plotting every day last week.
Part of the vegetable area now looks like this with the potatoes, onions and broad beans all growing wellI shall be sowing more beetroot, carrots, lettuce and spring onions soon, then the runner beans and sweetcorn around mid-month and the courgettes and cucumbers towards the end of the month, but not transplanting my two Gardener’s Delight tomatoes until early June. By then my first early potatoes may be ready to start harvesting! The yellow flowers at the top left are my plot neighbour Lesley’s wallflowers.
Much of last week was spent preparing the flower area then sowing lots of packets of seeds. It looks pretty bare at presentbut the aquilegias have started flowering including one with white flowers, unlike its parent which you can see is purple. The yellow flowers around the pond, and towards the top right hand corner, are creeping buttercups which are weeds! Incidently honeybees use the pond to drink from so there’s always some buzzing round it.
Here’s another view of the flower areaThe grape vine, just visible beside the log seat, seems much happier in the ground and I shall run it across the side of the compost bin at mid-height and along the top.
Brian, who has the adjacent plot, gave me some rhubarb which I’ve not eaten for ages. Much as I like crumble I made do with simmering it, making sure that it didn’t go mushy, then eating it with just a sprinkling of demerara sugar. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Next year I should be growing and eating my own as Joe has several clumps of it one of which he doesn’t want and will give it to me when he digs it up later in the year.
My wildlife highlight of the week happened yesterday. I could hear a lot of quacking and looked up to see four mallard ducks, a female being pursued by three males, landing on a nearby plot. They then waddled off along one of the grass paths before taking to the air again heading straight for me at little more than head height continuing overhead and on towards the ecology park pond.