I awoke this morning with a slight headache and thought, what I need is fresh air and where better to get it than out on the allotment.It was dull with a light mist when I set off thinking it would lift as the morning wore on. How wrong can you be, it got steadily worse and the mist became heavier developing into steady rain.
I was the only one out there (I wonder why)? When the men in white coats come I will go quietly!
The robin hopped up as soon as I arrived and hopped around the fence while I worked,could it be the same one as last time?
I cleared the remains of the Golden Wonder potatoes which I had dug up the last day and cleared the end of the old potato bed.I had taken out the onion sets but did not put them in today.
I noticed some couch grass and creeping buttercup coming up inside the Asparagus bed, I started pulling it away and then got stuck in and dug around the edge as this is where the aforementioned weeds are coming from. The frost did not slow the creeping buttercup as new roots of it were all over the place.I got the wheelbarrow and drew 2 loads of horse manure and spread one over the Asparagus bed. I should have covered it before the Winter but did not have time before the monsoon season began!
By this time the rain was coming down steadily and getting manure from the heap was not a romp in the meadow!
I had cleared a lot from the Rhubarb bed the last day also and today continued to pull couch grass and the ever pervasive buttercup from around the edge of the bed.I used the second wheelbarrow of manure to cover the emerging stalks before we lose them to frost.
Zwena's plot has burgeoning rhubarb!It is the only plot where so much of it is through, we will have to find out the secret!
William is one of our neighbours and his plot is looking great, he has put in long beds with paths of bark mulch between this year.The bed to the left which at the moment looks overgrown is his over wintered onions, once it is weeded and cleaned the onions will be well away for an early harvest.
The day has continued grey and gloomy with fog developing , typical for us for this time of year.We enjoyed sunny days and bright morning and evenings throughout January. One of the perks of high pressure, though bringing frost brought us 117 hours of sunshine, a record since records began!