Sunday, 16 March 2014
Sunday On The Allotment - 16 March - Spring Is Coming
Spring is very much in the air - and I can't wait to get things in and growing.
But - a misty day today - while the rest of the country basks in sunshine - West Cornwall is shrouded in fog.
After the Winter storms and rains - the plot is in fair shape. We have really well draining soil.
Charlotte first earlies and Wilja second earlies.
Looking forward to potato salads in June.
But past experience shows that these tough little plants will grow on well as things warm up - and deliver a tasty early crop.
Won't be long before they need staking up.
The perpetual spinach - to my surprise - is still growing well - it was sown way back in June 2013. I picked a nice harvest for Sunday dinner. This has proved a real winner - and it freezes well when I have a surplus - so I'll be sowing more this year.
This year I'm sowing a variety that I've grown before - Hurst Green Shaft. After a terrible crop last year I'm hoping for better results.
One thing that I'm planning to do is protect the plants with some horticultural fleece.
Strong winds are a constant problem on our site - so this should help.
More news from my St Ives Cornwall Allotment soon - as Spring and another year unfold.