|Allotment looking up the hill.|
The comfrey is starting to grow back now. I am hoping that it is in straight lines. If it isn't I will take it all out and replant. I can't be doing with it all over the place. There are lots of things being left on the allotment where they will be used in the next couple of weeks
I have put in one and a quarter rows of Red Duke of York and another early potato. I will be planting the kestrel potatoes soon. The gooseberry bush and cuttings are growing strongly now. I may even get some gooseberries this year. The bins at the back are over the rhubarb to force them. I took one off the Champaign rhubarb and picked some of the blanched stems. I haven't eaten them yet but I expect them to be very sweet.
|You can't have too many tubs and baskets.|
My herbs have survived the winter. I have parsley, thyme, lemon balm, fennel and mint. The tub is just useful to put things in. You can never have too many tubs.
This is where I crush the charcoal and you can see the residues on the slabs in front of the shed.
I have planted out all the sweet pea seedlings. I planted them with some inoculated, crushed lump charcoal and mychorrhizal fungi. This is probably why I am running out of fungi.
There are about 187 plants in 11 rows. I think that I have already written this but I will repeat myself so that I will remember the order. Pale lavender Honeymoon and White Supreme on the far left near the sheds. Next are cerise Restormel and mauve Eclipse. After that are rose, pink Angela Ann and orange pink Lizbeth. My favorite ice blue Oban Bay and cream Jilly come next. A very robust, bright pink Gwendoline with pink picotee Anniversary are in the next row and finally salmon cream Nora Holman. A few too many pinks this year but these are the varieties that grow strongly and produce good flowers.
The Ribes nigrum have had a really good mulch of old horse manure. This will give them a good damp root run. They are "hungry feeders/?" and take a lot of nutrient from the soil. With this in mind I am applying some diluted comfrey liquid fertiliser once a week. I am still finding a few big buds on the canes. Cecidophyopsis ribis can be a persistent little beggar but I seem to have removed the major infested branches. As I cut the bushes so hard back last year in order to get rid of big bud mite all the new growth is fruit bearing. Hopefully, I will have a really good crop this year.