Monday, March 26, 2012
We have been enjoying very unseasonal sunshine with temps in the high teens.Gardening on the allotment and at home has been a pleasure due also to the extra hour of daylight in the evenings since we changed to summertime.
The rhubarb has gone mad this year, it is almost forming a hedge across the front of the plot.
I picked some last week and made some very tasty tarts, I have seen new season rhubarb on sale for E 1.50 fro 4 or 5 stalks!
The area netted in the foreground are onions which are coming up well, the netting was to stop the birds from pecking out the tops until they get established
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This is the asparagus bed which got a very overdue face lift and feeding, more below.
I put in 4 drills of Sharpes Express and Red Duke of York, all first earlies.
There are more to go in but these are the traditional St Patrick's day sowing
The reason the asparagus bed got its long overdue TLC, we have asparagus!
Kathryn noticed 3 spears on Sun but they had been nibbled by the rabbits,we had not checked because we were not expecting any to show for another month at least.Kathryn put netting over the bed until we could do a proper job on it.
I gave the whole bed a top dressing of soil and well rotted manure from our 'heap'covering the new spears from the frost as well as the rabbits.The whole bed will be wired in tomorrow.
The back garden flowerbed was reclaimed from the hens.I did not think anything had survived their onslaught but I was very pleasantly surprised to find new growth struggling to come through.
The last daffs left standing!
The Hosta sprouting new green shoots in the midst of destruction.I had tried to dig it out a couple of years ago as it is too close to the Peony rose but I could not get any leverage on it. The hens had scraped away all of the earth almost exposing the root ball so I was able to dig it out and move it to a new location where it is doing very well.
The old fashioned Peony rose which I had given up all hopes of seeing again.
Between the hens and the frost all that was visible was dead brown foliage, but when I scraped away the debris there are lots of new shoots growing!
Peony roses don't like disturbance according to all the experts so if this flowers again after being seriously disturbed by the hens?!