- allotment supper
- golden gooseberry jelly
- golden sweet mange tout
- gooseberry jam
- hanging basket
- lemon apple cucumber
- lemon verbena
- no-dig allotment
- purple basil
- rose de roscoff onions
- sweet peas
- yellow raspberries
May the long time sun shine upon you
All love surround you
And the pure light within you
Guide you all the way on *
*Mike Heron – The Incredible String Band (1968)
And here below is today’s harvest, all looking good apart from the gnarly carrots which, although the root flies got to them, still taste lovely – excellent for soffritto base.
The force that through the green fuse drives the flower
Drives my green age.
No dig parsnips – surprisingly straight and large, considering the dense clay soil…
As the full moon approaches, yesterday seemed a good time to apply this year’s horn manure preparation; stirring diligently for an hour, creating vortices to ‘enliven’ the rainwater. Sprinkling it over the soil with fragrant branches of bay was suitably magical, droplets sparkling in the afternoon sunshine. Perhaps fortunately, there were no witnesses to this arcane process …
Making best use of this extra leap year day, and catching up after so many days (weeks?) of rain, there was a flurry of activity at the huerto. Greenhouse glass cleaned inside and out; such a difference to the light. Quince tree heavily pruned in the hope of eradicating the rust and poor cropping of the past 2 years. Seeds sown. Pansies planted out into the hanging basket adjacent to the bee hotel. And even a reasonable harvest, including some rose de Roscoff onions I had forgotten about, stored in the shed but still edible. Also flower sprouts, kale shoots, leeks and parsley. AND it didn’t rain. At all. Sunshine even!
Just look what I found in the greenhouse!
And then this…
A hungry ratty I suspect, judging by the size of the hole and the teeth marks! I took the precaution of moving the other squash (Crown Prince) to a high up shelf but left this one for our gourmand visitor.
Amid the wintry desolation I was happily surprised yesterday to find this array of vegetables, L to R: cabbage, chioggia & golden beetroot, parsnip, kholrabi and celeriac.
And thanks to my great big Global cleaver, together with the cavalier approach to peeling that it enables, was able quite quickly to transform the muddy roots into a tasty gratin.
The ancient wheelbarrow had become nearly impossible to use as the tyre had somehow accumulated heavy debris inside which was making it very difficult to manoeuvre, impossible to reverse and characterised by a disconcertinly loud clunking noise! By adroit use of an angle grinder and ingenuity, I now have a posh new wheel which bounces it along beautifully! It almost makes a pleasure of humping large volumes of compost around.
One side of the plot is now ready for its winter compost mulch … garlic is planted and brassicas netted against pigeons.