Down on the Allotment

Matron grows vegetables and fruit in a courtyard garden. Which edibles will tolerate less than ideal growing conditions. Discovering how veggies can grow in partial shade.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

First Signs of Spring

Another Sunny day out on the veg patch today. When the wind wasn't blowing it was almost warm out in the sun, but once in the shade with a bit of a breeze it was still definitely Winter. Just in the last couple of days the first leaves of rhubarb have shown their crinkly little heads above the soil. I am keenly awaiting my rhubarb this year. Last January a good friend gave me some crowns to plant, so I did not pick any stalks at all last year to allow them to establish. I have also given them many dressings of rotted manure, so they should do well.

I spent some time in the greenhouse today, dusted off my heated propagators and plugged them all in. I have already planted some early tomatoes in the propagator, I thought I would try Supersweet 100 this year, has anyone tried them? Here is a picture of some purple podded peas which I seed swapped with Celia from ... purple podded peas along with some of her crimson flowered broad beans. Here you can see I've made good use of more toilet rolls as root trainers. Roll on Summer!


At 9:05 PM, Blogger Billie-Jean said...

Hello Matron
I really,really,really...
Hope something does move in,I keep watching it but nothing so far,I keep thinking maybe its too near the bird tables and it may be too busy for them...not sure,Its situated right at the bottom of my allotment in what I call my nature garden,so fingers crossed,I am also really hoping for frog spawn this year as the pond is now 1 year old,
I havn't put any nesting stuff in there though,paul said they will do it themselves,
Good luck with your Marmelade love to try some of that,I don't think I have the patience to make it..
Take care

At 9:33 AM, Blogger Magic Cochin said...

I thought I recognised the envelope! Hope they grow well on your allotment.


At 3:34 PM, Blogger Threadspider said...

Baby rhubarb! Gorgeous! Must be nearly spring.

At 1:47 PM, Blogger HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS said...

My rhubarb looks exactly like yours, the sunshine has brought mine on too, bring on the rhubarb crumble1 x


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