Many people have asked me what I am doing this Easter. Often they talk about holidays to far off destinations or visits to relatives not often seen. As our only surviving parents live locally, Easter does not put so much pressure on us these days. However, the allotment does, although we like it like that, Easter is the time when it is make or break.
We have been lucky this Easter, it was forecast to rain, rain, rain, but we have had a lovely day today, I have fingers crossed for tomorrow. So what have we been doing, well hubby has been planting spuds, lots of spuds, and before he was planting spuds he was planting onions. We may have a surplus of onions this year, its not my fault honest! Well, what happened was, last year we bought one bag of onion sets which were in the size range of 5 to 7 mm, although they were mostly in the larger end of the spectrum. There didn’t seem to be many once we had planted them out, so on that basis I ordered two bags this year. This year they came more into the 5mm range and so we have not only had double the number of last year, you could probably add half again. Hubby has planted ten rows with thirty onions in each row.. That in a perfect world is 300 onions !!! And… I’d ordered some Mammoth red and white onion seed and started them off, I should have about fifty of those too. Its a good job we like onion soup and its also good that I most often cook from scratch, thankfully we tend to use an onion a day.
I struggled to find paper and pen at the allotment, but I did manage to make notes of what is either in the ground or in the greenhouse. We haven’t worked hard, it just comes in spurts, you do need to be able to water regularly though, that is important. I and hubby have sown into the ground and have seen signs of life, parsnips, carrots, beetroot, radish, broad beans, potatoes, fruit trees that are already established, strawberries, garlic, shallots, not forgetting the onions,
When I say we haven’t worked hard, weekends do need to be set aside in March and April, they are the two busiest months of the year. Hubby has had the help of the rotovator and two sturdy boys (otherwise known as son no.1 and son no.2) who really like playing with the rotovator. That really helped this year, last autumn when I was happily engaged in tidying up the plot, we had rainstorm after rainstorm, it was dreadful, many people, not just us had to leave their plots half tidied up for winter.
In the greenhouse we have early purple sprouting, a black Italian cabbage perfect for minestrone’s called Black Tuscany, Peas 🙂 both Onward and Hurst Greenshaft, eight varieties of tomatoes, cauliflowers, lettuces, spring cabbage, leeks, marigolds, pansy, busy lizzie, sweet peas, brunswick and red drummond cabbages, chillies and peppers, chives, dill and mint and spring onions.
I’m sure there are vegetables that I have forgotten or overlooked. As soon as it warms up a little there will be the cucumbers, sweetcorn and various pumpkins to think about, not forgetting the ongoing planting of peas and lettuces.
But until that time, let us start with the photographs of todays visit.
I think this time we will start with a photograph that I often put into the middle of the photographs and I think often gets missed. Here is an unsung hero, hubby, he has kept this plot going for the last 12 months. Look how lovely plot number 1 looks, that really is wonderful for this time of the year.
sweet peas in their pots planted in January, their root systems are fantastic, I should have lots of gorgeous flowers this year.
tomatoes falling from replanting, fingers crossed, chitted potatoes just waiting to be planted and various brassicas in the background.
Purple sprouting, just another few days before there is enough to cut for a delicious supper. I am really looking forward to it. Lots of butter and black pepper me thinks.
It might look like brown earth to you, but to me and hubby its rows and rows of planted spuds, and we are very happy to have these in the ground. – hubby has worked very hard on this.
Broad beans,, this is such a quandary for both of us. We both have similar taste buds and we both don’t think we like broad beans, but then we both haven’t had young broad beans freshly picked off the veg plot since we were children. So we are trying them this year.. time will tell.
The shallots are coming up.
and just look at the garlic, isn’t it wonderful?
Yummy tender rhubarb.
and peas, I love peas.
raspberry canes coming to life.
and a picture of blue, well actually I tried to photograph a helicopter, but missed! But it is a nice blue for today and it only lasted a short time before cold and windy clouds came through.
What Easter compilation would be perfect without sheep. Look at those twins aren’t they just a perfect pair.
And this little chap caught my eye, “come in number seventeen” this little chap was tiny and if you look carefully you can still see his umbilical cord, (trust me he was a boy, there are other photographs to identify this) I’m sure he has only been out for a day, he was strong but very hungry.
and this was taken at some distance, but well worth putting in, it looks like a baa lambs play pen, trust me they are free to come and go as they please, very funny and very cute.