And the garden grows

4th May, 2013. Sun and clouds punctuate our al fresco lunch on the allotment with Jonathan.

4th May, 2013. Sun and clouds punctuate our al fresco lunch on the allotment with Jonathan.

Spring at last. Despite the drought of allotment-themed blog posts since we celebrated the rhubarb’s emergence, the garden itself has not been neglected. We’ve taken to the seasonal tasks with some diligence and even gusto: digging over beds, weeding, harvesting over-wintering crops, planting seeds both indoors and out. In fact, at this moment, the allotment is probably in better shape at this time of year than ever before. (Though there’s still the issue of several flower and fruit beds overcome by creeping couch grass that must be tackled soon. Not to mention the weed seeds biding their time, waiting for some warmth to begin to colonize those neat patches of bare earth.)

Some things that make my heart rejoice:

Asparagus! Our transplanted crowns have survived the winter and seem to like their new location. We'll have more than four spears this season.

Asparagus! Our transplanted crowns have survived the winter and seem to like their new location. We’ll have more than four spears this season.

Peas grown in the gutter begin to climb up their twiggy supports and begin to flower. Behind them you can see the broad beans and, further back, autumn-sown spinach.

Peas grown in a gutter at home, then transplanted outside, climb up their twiggy supports and begin to flower. Behind them much-anticipated broad beans assert themselves. And behind these, rows of autumn-sown spinach continue to produce.

 

 

 

 

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