Even though today is part of the bank Holiday weekend, Kathryn myself and helpers spent most of the day on the allotments in the sunshine.Sinead,Aiofe and Kevin tended to their plots ,weeding and sowing spring onion plants. They have strawberries, onions,lettuce and the spring onions growing. They also have a gladioli and their Sunflowers are hardening off before planting out.Kathryn bought them 3 colourfull windmills to scare off the birds, fixing them took up a good part of their time.
The picnic is a most important part of the day. They look as if they are discussing something very serious! Maybe the price of veg?
Stephen doing his usual back breaking with the pick axe.This is the last of the new plot to be done so he can relax from his arduous duties.The sod has been broken now on all of the new plot so we can dig it over the next couple of weeks. It looks so much cleaner and orderly, the carpet we have been using to cover grass etc can now be retired to the compost heap.
Some of the asparagus which is coming through,it is a bit slow at the rate of 2 spears at a time, hopefully as the season goes on and the weather gets warmer it will hurry up a little.
The broad beans now have flowers on most of the plants but we had to take off some blackfly today as well.
We did a lot of cosmetic work, like weeding the fruit bed and putting on a potash feed. I put in half scaffolding boards at each end to stop the weeds and scutch grass from invading the bed. The asparagus bed was weeded very carefully, as it is a permanent bed annual weeds are a problem.I planted out the red onions as well.The onion and garlic beds were weeded so the two plots are looking spruced up.There is no sign of pigeon damage or slugs so far.