Sunday, 8 April 2012

Planting The Potatoes

By all accounts this is a good weekend to finally plant the early potatoes that I have had chitting away for what feels like months. We are only allowed to use the front third of our plots for the nightshade family this year. One part that area is occupied by the asparagus we inherited, though there is no activity in that bed yet. It will grow a bit cramped I'm afraid later on with the tomatoes and peppers later on, though they are still tiny seedlings in the windowsill as of yet. But no worries I turned the earth again with the fork finding it lovely and crumbly. I used a bulb planter to make the planting holes and spaced them about a foot apart (actual foot no measurement). I'm afraid it isn't a special variety or anything just your bog standard early. I'm not even sure they will be growing at all since the whole allotment site is apparently invested with mole crickets. They are a protected species but make it rather difficult to grow any carrots, potatoes or other tuber crops. Here is hoping the wet January weather followed by a extremely frozen February killed of the lot of them.

 As far as blossom watch is concerned; I had expected to find the trees in full flower. They are not there yet but it can't take very long. The honey berry is the only one in full flower, much to the satisfaction of a horde of fat and hungry bumblebees. I am glad to see the newly  purchased prune tree is starting to bud. The cherry tree is so full of blossom buds that it is almost unbelievable, especially since it gave us one whole cherry last year.

 The rest is growing along nicely. The lettuces can almost be replanted into a straight line, the onions are showing above the ground and the radishes are forming quite quickly. There is something munching on the cauliflower but not to an extend that I am horribly worried. The garlic is growing quite large. It probably won't make huge bulbs seeing as it was put into the ground in the spring but it is worth a try. The strawberries that we discovered when turning over the soil don't seem to have suffered from their temporary topsy turfy existence and are growing into large patches.

I also tried to bring back the edges of the plot a bit, since the grass was slowly invading the plot. While trying to dig over clumps of turf I encountered many a fat earthworm, telling me that the soil is quite a happy one.

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