A bit of a strange weekend really, full of sunshine but very little time spent at the plot and although I’d practised my rock buns like a demon, I failed to enter them into the show because I was completely side tracked by an article in The Telegraph about one of my favourite food and lifestyle blogs Things We Make, thank you Emma Bond for the link, and a recipe called ‘All Day Pork’, which is exactly what it says. One quick trip to the butchers round the corner and it was in the oven by 10.00am, but my deadline for show entry was missed. All the more for Derek to eat though, so he was happy.
I did visit the show in the afternoon and it’s really delightful to see all the spring flowers on show, especially the daffodils, the perfume is really heady when you walk into the hall especially when combined with the hyacinths. On to the allotment straight after and there was plenty of hard work in evidence with plenty of plot holders making the most of the good weather. When the digging paused most of the talk was centred around the best time to plant potatoes. The general thought is to wait another couple of weeks. The ground has dried out very quickly on the surface but a couple of inches down and we’re back to good old, very claggy, London clay.
Back to the plot today and the first of the chillies are now in the cold frame along with some pots of herbs, freeing up one of the propagators for the next batch of seed sowing. The broad beans are doing well, we’ve only lost two or three plants, the next job will be to remove the netting and give them some support from the easterly wind that whips across the site. The garlic also seems to have come through the wet weather unscathed, though it’s interesting to see the difference in the growth rates between the varieties which is now clearly marked with the Lautrec racing ahead of the Chesnook and Eden Rose. I’m also hoping that I’ll have a full crop of forced rhubarb this time next week in which case it’ll be jam making ahoy!
The photographs in this post were taken at the show.
I hope you all had a good weekend’s gardening too, perhaps you like to let me know in the comments.