Some of the flower plants hardening off on the patio table this morning. They are nasturtiums and anthirrinum (snapdragons). The morning was warm and sunny if a little windy so I put them out for some fresh air. I decided to go out to the allotment as the weather held and was out there for around 11.00am.I straightened the potato drills of the main crop, British Queens and Golden Wonders, as some of them are pushing through now.I had a bag of hedge clippings which I put down between the drills and a bag of grass cuttings which I put on the drills which will hopefully cut down on some of the weeds.I put hay under the strawberry plants some of which have good size strawberries already and did a lot of just general tidying up and weeding. The rain arrived about 1.30 pm heavy and persistent so I did not hang around to take anymore photos!
One I had taken earlier, before the rain and weeding the fruit bed. This is the blackcurrant bush which has a fine crop of fruit in evidence.The raspberry bushes have fruit and the 2 of the blueberries are fruiting but one which I hope is because it is a different variety has nothing on it yet.
On Thursday Chris and Maeve, two of our new young plotters are on Tv on RTE 1 at 8.30 pm on the Rte/Supervalue competition 'Recipe for Success'and some of the coverage is on the allotments.The competition shows the contestants battling it out to get their recipe produced and on the shelves of the supermarket chain. Chris and Maeve are involved with the slow food movement and are organizing a slow food event on the allotment in August... more of that later.They shared a plot last year but this year have taken on a plot on their own.