This may sound a bit neglectful - but the rain has hardly stopped for the last few weeks. With the ground saturated there was little that I could usefully do out there. Plus - I spent a lot of time in the Autumn preparing my plot for the Spring - and this is now paying off.
As I conducted my customary inspection of the plot things were looking fairly good ......
Autumn planted onions, shallots, garlic and leeks are doing well under their net cloches. Smallish plants - but ready to grow away strongly when the weather warms up. More news on those soon.
Sown back in October so that they could get well established.
If all goes well they should provide the first food crop of the Spring in a few weeks time.
I didn't do any digging - just chucked the manure onto be beds and broadcast the mustard seed. Over the last few months the worms and weather have done all the hard work for me - drawing the manure down into the soil.
Plus a few weeds - not many as the mustard has suppressed most of them.
A fairly easy job as the Winter weather has caused the mustard to die back.
I took delivery of my seed potatoes - Charlotte and Wilja - in early January.
They are chitting in the garden shed. and I'm tempted to get some planted this week - as March and Spring are approaching.
But (for once) I'm going to be a bit patient and hold back for at least a couple of weeks.
Despite the dry sunny spell we're having the ground is still too cold and wet for planting. If we continue to get reasonable weather in West Cornwall I'll get them in the ground in the second or third week of March.
I didn't add any compost or manure - just cut it out of the turf and plonked the strawberry plants in.
Dried up and cracked after a few dry days - lesson learned.