I spent most of today on the plot and remembered to take my camera and more importantly remembered to take some photos!I had a small harvest to bring home but anything at this time of year is welcome.Rhubarb with which I made a rhubarb and pear crumble, its like a sweet and sour desert!The lettuce is from the greenhouse and is the winter cos which is a lovely crunchy lettuce with a tight heart and some spinach leaves to add to the salad.
The salad bed, I have two lots of spring onions, the lisbon and purplette. There is an iceberg lettuce under the fleece,the name escapes me but the seeds were on a tape it is the first time I have tried this and will give an update on progress.Ruby swiss chard went in today as another plotter had too much and kindly passed on the excess to me.In the background is the garlic bed, I am still not sure if they are developing rust but I cut all of the yellowed leaves and tips off of them and they seem to be growing quite well. I soaked them today, I know garlic does not like getting its feet wet but it still needs watering in dry spells. We have had little or no serious rainfall for weeks and the ground is as dry as dust without almost daily watering.
The brassica bed now has all of its tenants in place, cauliflower,greyhound cabbage, calabrese, brussel sprouts, turnips and I put in a row burgundy spinach as well. It had to be netted immediately against the pigeon hordes.
Blossom on our Lidl bargain apple tree, this was bought at a knock down 4.99e last year by Kathryn.it looked as if it would not survive but so far so good.
We have a local radio station which has a gardening slot on Wed and I have heard a few people wondering about flowering rhubarb.I have never seen flowers on rhubarb but it seems to be happening quite a lot this year due to the long dry spell.The plant thinks there is a drought and goes into survival mode and flowers to produce seed. I took this photo on the allotment today, I am glad to say it is not ours as I had been soaking the rhubarb as often as possible. They were just at plant height a couple of days ago but now have shot up to this height and look quite striking.I am not sure how it affects the plant in the long term or if the plant has now gone over completely.
Greenhouse update tomorrow,a lot of plants are now gone out to the allotment and space is not at a premium in there for another few weeks at least.