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.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Happy Saint David's Day!

Today is St David's Day. St David is the patron Saint of Wales. It is traditional to wear either a daffodil or a leek in your lapel today! I was thrilled to see that HRH Prince Charles had a mini leek pinned to his lapel today when he went to RAF Brize Norton to pick up his youngest Son.
To celebrate, I went down to the allotment and picked two of my last leeks. Those toilet rolls had really helped blanch the stems. I am particularly proud of these two.
Otherwise I spent this lovely sunny day pottering about in the greenhouse, inspecting and watering my little seedlings. My chilli 'Scotch Bonnet' has germinated well, I saved the seed from some peppers I bought in a West Indian grocers. They are lethally hot!
You might spot that I have saved plastic cutlery from the canteen at work and re-use them as plant labels.
The shallots are starting to sprout leaves. I am a bit worried about some patches of sooty mould appearing between the layers of dry skin. I hope that when they get planted outside and start putting roots down into the soil, this will clear up.


At 7:17 PM, Anonymous Carole said...

Hi, what a delight to see such an interesting and lively blog. Happy St. David's Day to you, too...


At 9:15 AM, Blogger Wild Mood Swings said...

My pack said just to planyt out nothing about leaving them on the surface to do what yours have done , have I messed up ?

Nice Recycling as well.

Planted out 25 baby sycamore trees yesterday in the deciduous woodland yesterday evening , the company in the pub sucked so , I went out and did some more nocturnal planting.

Happy Mummy's Day to you , Buddy told me he might forget and so I was to tell you on his behalf.

At 9:34 AM, Blogger Matron said...

Stan.. you mean the shallots? I don't think it matters how high or low you plant them. Actually I did plant them quite low, in a little hole and when the roots bury down the shallots push up!

At 1:37 PM, Blogger Paul and Melanie said...

Those leeks looks fantastic, perfect for St Davids day! Well done :)

At 11:13 PM, Blogger Hedgewitch said...

Matron, that's a great recycle .. using the cutlery for your plant labels! Love it :-)

At 11:35 PM, Blogger No Rain said...

I've learned something new visiting here. I did not know about Saint David's Day before reading about it here. Interesting how one can choose between a leek and a dafodil to commemorate.

At 8:05 AM, Blogger this is my patch said...

What a beautiful daffodil, they are lovely aren't they. As are your leeks, as they have been a success maybe you may grow more this year? I have still got them coming out of my ears as I planted them quite late. I haven't ever thought of using plastic cutlery for plant labels, I shall be keeping any I come across in future, that is a really great idea. I do keep lolly sticks as I use this as a good excuse to keep buying them in the summer. x

At 4:26 PM, Blogger Karen @ Wiggly Wigglers said...

Hi Matron,

Brilliant recycling - I know my comment isn't original, but I just had to say it anyway.

At 6:45 PM, Blogger kate said...

I didn't know this was St. David's Day - I like the idea of wearing a leek or a daffodil.

Your leeks are beautiful - the shallots are sprouting nicely too.

Great idea saving plastic cutlery ...

At 9:05 PM, Blogger James Dougan said...

I've also been bringing home some leeks ( and spring onions) from the plot.


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