Monday, March 27

Not much to show

We haven't much of a harvest to show this week and what we have brought home from the plot is mainly flowers.
Vegetable wise we have only harvested the few sprigs of PSB and another small savoy cabbage. We may have been able to stretch it to include a few leeks and there may still be some edible parsnips lurking underground. It will be touch and go with respect to the parsnips as the tops have started to regrow. It's just as well that out freezer is still well stocked with last year's produce.

The daffodil harvest has been short and sweet. We only have one variety for cutting so maybe I should plant some different ones to extend the cutting time. I'm toying with the idea of a mixed bag but will that give me the range of varieties that will extend the cutting period. Do you have any suggestions if possible varieties if I opt to buy  separate varieties?

The only other mini harvest came from our garden greenhouse where the mint is now growing well.
We have been busy on the plot though and there are now plenty of beds ready and prepared to accept this season's plants. In fact we think we are well ahead of last year in the preparation stakes so to make up for the lack of harvest here are some plot photos to show that we haven't been lazy!
Our plot extends just to the grass path - the greenhouse belongs to a plot neighbour


The polytunnel and shed beside it are on the next plot
Martyn has posted a video diary on his blog showing some of the things we have been doing this week.

We have also started a new vlog here where we will post all our videos, some of which may not make it on to either of our blogs.

I am linking to harvest Monday hosted on Dave's blog Our Happy Acres

NB: Just in case you are unaware a vlog is a video blog not a typing mistake.



22 comments:

  1. Well, one small cabbage and some PSB is better than none!
    I think I mentioned before about a local field of daffodils that usually has a flowering season of about 3 months due to different varieties planted which gives a stunning display!
    As I clear small areas I am following your lead of weed supressing membrane from now on.

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    1. You did mention it, Deborah. The weed control membrane has made a lot f difference. I also think that being black in warms the soil and also slows evaporation so,plants don't dry out as quickly. Then of course the plants don't suffer as much from weeds competing with plants.

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  2. It's a shame the daffodils don't last longer, a good idea planting different varieties to extend the season. Savoy cabbage, psb, parsnips and leeks, all favourites of mine. They're not quite the same when you don't grow your own though.

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    1. I think PSB is especially difficult to buy fresh, Jo.must do better with it next year.

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  3. Your plot looks so neat. This is the hungry gap, so it's not surprising you don't have a lot to pick right now. Have you thought of growing Sorrel? My non-flowering sorrel is ready for it's 1st harvest after winter right now.

    I think daffs are a good harvest. They are so bright and cheery. My recommendation is N. Jetfire, which doesn't mind shade, and the jonquil N. Cragford, which have several flowers on each head and the fragrance is delicious.

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    1. What does sorrel taste like, Julieanne? Jetfire is a lovely one we have it in the front garden but not for picking.

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  4. It looks like you do have a lot of beds ready for planting. I'm way behind here, and it's another rainy day today so I won't get much done outside for sure. I love daffodils but I don't know many named ones.

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    1. We had some very summery days over the weekend, Dave which helped us get things done.

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  5. I should plant more daffodils, that's one flower that neither the deer nor the gophers will touch and they will survive our dry summers too.

    The plot looks great. All ready for spring!

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    1. I think the bulbs may be poisonous, Michelle. Not deadly but enough to cause sickness. I hope spring is ready too. The days have been lovely but the temperature plummets at night,

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  6. Looking nice and tidy Sue, lots of work been done I see. Hope it produces lots of lovely produce.

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  7. You've been keeping very busy, it looks like the beds are ready to go. I need to finish potting up the rest of the seedlings before I can focus on clearing out the garden. Hopefully next week.

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    1. I hope our seedlings manage to outgrow the slugs, Phuong

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  8. Wow! That's a lot of work being done in the plot! Definitely you are not lazy Sue! ;)
    Hope you have a lot of harvest to show us later!

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  9. I love the looks of tidy, prepared beds, all ready to be planted up. With raised beds and our cold winters, we don't have to do much to get to that point - it's simply a matter of raking off the thin layer of straw that I put on the beds in the fall. Then we are ready to go.

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    1. Some years we have to hang on tomyoung plants as we don't have a bed ready for them, Margaret. Hopefully that will not happen this year.

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  10. Your plot certainly looks all good to go Sue. 'Thalia' is a lovely white daffodil :)

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  11. Your plot is looking in great shape! I wish you'd pop around here and sort my gardens out!xxx

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    1. I think it would be too late to start gardening if we "popped" over, Dina. We would arrive just in time for a lunch hour and then after assessing the situation it would be time to set off home.

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