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A short glimpse of summer.

This week's glimpse of summer really kicked things off! We were away for a couple of days at the end of the week and so, when we visited the plot on Saturday, the transformation was amazing. The blossom had literally burst onto the scene as my new header shows. One bee looked overwhelmed and couldn't decide where to go first. More photos will follow on Wednesday.

The lovely warm weather means that the bed allocated for potato planting was dry enough to till and we managed to plant five rows of our main potatoes.
We planted a row each of Cara, Nadine, Rooster, Kestrel and Osprey. We have seed potatoes left of each variety and a bag of Vivaldi still to plant once another bed is ready for them. Meanwhile the potatoes planted in the bags in the garden greenhouse are Growing well.
The brassicas and broad beans are also growing well and the leeks are now doing their best to catch up.

On the plot the onions and shallots are shooting. We didn't plant any in modules this year as last year we found no difference in yield between the sets started  early in the greenhouse and those planted straight into the ground.
The row of chives are also growing well. 
In the garden greenhouse the apricot seems to have set lots of fruit but no doubt many fruitlets will be discarded.
The peach and nectarine are not showing any signs of having set fruit yet.

As well as planting we have continued to tidy some beds which meant removing any remaining crops. We still had some leeks left and so I dug all these.
They were basically growing in mud and so I laid them out for the clumps caked around the roots to dry off a little. They were then trimmed ready to be taken home.

I also found a couple of parsnips that had been missed when their bed was cleared.
The leeks and parsnip were frozen for use later.
Of course at this time of year we couldn't have a week when we didn't harvest some of our early rhubarb now could we?
I even found a few spring onions in one of the beds that I tidied.

I nearly forgot I also cut some coriander growing in a pot in the greenhouse to sprinkle on our vegetable biryani. I'll probably cut more and freeze it as it doesn't take long before it runs to seed.

This week I am linking to harvest Monday hosted on 
Dave's blog Our Happy Acres

Copyright: Original post from Our Plot at Green Lane Allotments author S Garrett

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A short glimpse of summer.


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