Almost Wordless Wednesday

I’m convinced that if you took the weather forecast too seriously you would never go anywhere.  Despite a prediction of gloom it is glorious here today. This was the plot at 10.30am this morning.

Not much actual digging took place but hot coffee and a healthy gossip with some fellow plot holders; it was perfect.

Pleasing Surprises

Prompted by the gorgeous weather at the weekend I went to the plot for the first time this year with the intention of clearing the greenhouse out. This was what I found.

 Admittedly they didn’t look so glam on the plant.

But given that towards the end of last year they were resolutely green and the leaves had withered in the first frost, I had given up all hope of them ever ripening.

I can’t tell you when I planted them because of my already mentioned sketchy record keeping, but it was very late, the variety is Duchy Originals Sweet Pepper ‘Atris’ F1 Hybrid from here

Aquadulce Claudia

The first proper crop we decided to grow at the plot were broad beans, this was more by luck than judgement upon finding a particularly abundant tray of plants at a local garden centre the week after we had constructed the raised beds.  Once they had established they looked fabulous, that is until the black fly discovered them.  The speed of the attack was truly shocking, one day fine, the next infested. In my haste to find a cure I sprayed with a too strong solution of washing up liquid and water the leaves turned black before my eyes.  There were tears.  Witnessing all of this, one of our fellow plot holders recommended the over wintering variety Aquadulce Claudia. I’m pleased to report it works a treat, yes there were a few black fly but the problem was minimal.   The seeds were sown at the end of November and this is how the plants look as of today.

Can’t see them?

The indents in the soil are from the foxes looking for food, so they really should, like most other crops on the allotment, be netted.

They can still be planted through January and February and are available from  Thompson & Morgan.