Potatoes looking good

On the previous trip to the allotment, I forgot to take pictures of the potatoes. They are looking good, better than last year.

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The herb patch also looks good and there were loads of bees visiting the chives in flower.  There were 2 red-tailed bumblebees (Bombus lapidarius) visiting one flower, but I was unable to capture that moment.  This is the best picture I could manage.

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May Update

The allotments are coming on nicely. Nearly all the beds/area have been planted or sown (though not all the seeds have germinated, yet!)
P1120850I think this is probably the first time that the plots have been this far along with things sown/growing. The peas are in flower, as are the broad beans. However, for next year, I do want to try again with autumn sowings as we’ve been successful (had harvest) with previous overwintered sowings. I don’t know why the seeds sown last October/November didn’t come up (neither the peas or the broad beans germinated). 

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Yesterday, some dwarf french beans (Jersey) were planted out. Another bed on the plot had been direct sown with the same variety. Also planted out were some mixed climbing French beans, some Runner Beans and some miscellaneous sweetcorn. I hope with all  the rain we had last night, that the slugs and snails didn’t have a party and feast on them.
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The overwintered garlic does look good. Not enough garlic planted! We like our garlic! 

P1120839However, not all the onion things are doing well – mainly the onions sown and transplanted. The shallots look reasonable though one variety doesn’t look as good as it could be. Onions from sets look ok. 

I planted out most of the leek seedlings – Swiss Giant Zermatt & Autumn Mammoth 2 – Snowstar. 

Early sowings of brassicas at home have been mollusced, but have sown replacements (a couple of them were eaten too).  

Pottering about in the garden

I sowed more seeds this week – ranging from french & runner beans to various squashes (courgettes, pumpkins, patty pan, and mysterious ones). 

I also did a bit of weeding in the garden – perhaps regretting planting California Poppies last year or the year before (from seed) as they self-seed all over the place. The roots remind me of dandelions. 

Spring warmth has brought the ants out to play.