|Back Garden Trellis Out Archway In (Jan 2015)|
|Rhubarb N2 Plot (Jan 2015)|
|First Daffodils (Jan 2015)|
I made the first visit to my plots, in just over a month, this afternoon. As I normally do some work on the plots over the Winter I was wondering what condition they would be in, on my arrival just after midday. To my surprise they were in much the same condition as they were before Christmas. A few plants, mainly my cabbages, had suffered the effects of the many recent overnight frosts. I was surprised to see lettuce still in usable condition, growing on N2 Plot, along with leeks and carrots still standing in good condition on N1 Plot. Many Spring flowering bulbs were well developed but not flowering as yet, although a couple of daffodil plants were showing good blooms. These were planted into the drainage ditch bed some time ago, which is situated well below the frost line on the plots. I was also pleasantly surprised to see very few weeds on my plots, only 3 patches of annual weeds were to be seen. 2 patches on No 2 bed which was composted in the Autumn and 1 patch of weeds on No5 bed, which was to be expected as this area has had the least amount of hand weeding done on it over the past 2 years. With some high winds and heavy rain early in January for a week or so there was surprisingly little damage around the allotments. On the down side, my poly tunnel hadn't fared too well from the high winds earlier this month and one of my water tanks had sprung a leak since my last visit. The poly tunnel was badly ripped apart across its western end, with several of the metal supports broken throughout its length. I spent most of the afternoon dismantling it and salvaging as many usable parts of it as possible. By 1630 I had finished the task and as the afternoon sun was fading and temperatures dropping quickly it was time to spuddle off home, leaving the lettuce seedlings in the ground, where they had germinated inside the tunnel, wondering if another frost tonight would finish them off.
|Broad beans N2 Plot (Jan 2015)|
|Poly Tunnel Damage (Jan 2015)|
|"Catkins" Western Hedgerow (Jan 2015)|