Went down to the plot on way back from shopping when I had 10 minutes to spare. Things didn’t look as bad – the chocolate spot didn’t look as severe. There are a few spots on a couple of the pods.
The purple sprouting broccoli is now in flower, I really should chop it down/pull it up as it is still infected with white blister – some of the flowers are affected. Apart from that and some cabbage aphids, the plant still looks healthy.
Speaking of those cabbage aphids, they are still on the cabbage or brussels or other brassica seedlings. The leaves look distorted. Found some eggs on the underside of the leaves, so they are now squashed.
Peas, well, there are some pods formed but no sign yet of bulging out. Must sow more peas for succession. Have 2 lots of heritage seeds, one planted in garden now getting the attention of molluscs.
Carrots, well germination has been very erratic, then I suppose so has the watering/rain. There are a couple of plants looking good. As for other roots – I have one parsnip. Turnips are coming up, but the plants look ugly/messy. Beetroots are appearing nicely.
The early sowings of the lettuces are doing nicely still, though they are starting to heart up. I think though we will have a bit of a gap from when these lettuce finish and the transplanted ones get to harvesting size.
Alliums in general look good. The onions are starting to bulb up. Unfortunately, the slugs/snails have got all but one of my leek seedlings, so I sowed some more on Sunday (a bit late but smaller crop is better than nothing). I still have to find room for the spring sown trays of onions.
I saw a wren on one of the fence posts surrounding the allotment site. Its tail was pointing upwards. It had something in its beak, food I think. There are a variety of birds that come through the plot – greenfinch, blue tits, robin, blackbird, thrush, pigeons, dunnocks, sparrows, chaffinch, and now the wren that I have seen. If it is nice tomorrow, might take a book down, and sit out watching the birds (as well as reading about Climate Change).
Oh, and today, the voting for April photo competition on A4A has started. Don’t forget to vote: http://www.allotments4all.co.uk/smf/index.php?topic=31912.0