Down on the Allotment

Matron grows vegetables and fruit in a Hampshire garden. I've been growing veggies since I was knee high to a grasshopper. Some traditional varieties and old favourites as well as new ideas. I share my garden with my allotment assistant Daisy the Labrador.

Friday, April 19, 2013


 Another warm, sunny day and the soil is just perfect for digging.  My Purple Sprouting Broccoli plants are extremely small, having suffered in the long, cold Winter.  The purple florets are just perfect right now, and very, very tender.
 Digging and weeding is hard work.  Bind weed, dock roots and dandelion roots are everywhere.  The benefit of a freezing Winter however, is that the soil is fantastically friable.  By that I mean that the heavy clods of London clay have been broken up by the act of the ice crystals while frozen.  The soil breaks up beautifully.
So, in preparation for a Sunday lunch of roast rib of beef, Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes.. and of course fresh Horseradish sauce.  Be prepared for Horseradish to become a thug and spread everywhere.  You must also be prepared to dig down at least 2 foot to get it up!  Having done all this, the ferocity and strength of fresh horseradish sauce is one of the great pleasures (and pains... if you sniff at the wrong time) of gourmet gardening.  Bon Appetit!


At 10:33 PM, Blogger Nicole said...

They may be small but those buds look delicious!

At 3:56 PM, Blogger Wyatt said...

Things are looking good over there. Oh, how we love tangy Horseradish sauce! Do you plant those in the fall..from seed?
We picked our first Rhubarb as well and combined with some frozen strawberries from last years crop...Mmmm cobbler!

Wyatt's mom

At 10:05 AM, Blogger Why I garden... said...

Thanks for the advice on the horseradish.

At 12:19 PM, Blogger dinzie said...

Not the best thing Horse Radish for small gardens like mine - It used to grow wild and furious around where I used to live in Cheshire ..Always a favourite wit ha roast meal :O)


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