Monday, 18 February 2013

Two Quarters Dug

I was using up a days leave today and the sun shone! It was about 8° so very pleasantly warm in the sunshine. In fact, it's been so sunny that this dandelion decided it was worth opening its flower - shame it had already been pulled up and was on our spoils heap!

And, amazing, we saw our first butterfly! It flew by a couple of times but was going so fast we couldn't identify it - it looked like tortoiseshell-type colours.
Our rhubarb is looking very feeble! I took the cover off it so it can get a little sunshine. It's only its first year though, so we're not expecting it to produce anything this year - except maybe one stalk for some rhubarb vodka!

That is IT!

For the next couple of hours Jamie spent time re-building the frame for our leeks and shallots and I moved the frame for the peas - this year we're growing mange tout and petit pois.
Then for the rest of the afternoon I was digging over the second quarter - where our potatoes are going this year. The earth was pretty easy to dig (though my back is suffering!) and it didn't need a serious dig as we'll be digging trenches for the spuds as usual anyway.
It looked good when we left though so we're half way there - with Plot 7. Plot 8 will be more taxing...
 

8 comments:

  1. I like the neat way that you've trenched round the edges.
    This year I'm trying to till my plot just using a "peasant" azada and smaller double ended hoe ,after last year's double digging with a long fork.
    Gave it a very quick once over in a couple of sessions last week and now want to leave it for a while to properly dry out before another going over.No point in rushing to sow things here in north Lancashire.

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    1. Thanks.
      Jamie does like to do the trenches and it does mean that the couch grass has a little way to go before reaching out plot!
      We're with you on that - we're not going to rush into sowing either.

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  2. Our soil isn't diggable yet but our rhubab is doing wellrr

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    1. I must say ours is the weakest looking rhubarb I've seen this year. I'm hoping it is normal for a first year...

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  3. Your rhubarb is fine. Just wait a bit longer.

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  4. Too cold to go out - tell me about it! Even walking across the kitchen made a cold draught! We haven't even attempted digging the veg patch yet - If we got the fork in, we probably couldn't get it out again.
    Our rhubarb looks okay but I'm not sure it will like this cold.

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    1. Apparently rhubarb likes a bit of frost - unlike us!!

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