Slow allotment gardening in the life of a busy family
Wednesday, 4 April 2012
At last - some growth. I have B&Q to thank for the kick-start. They had healthy looking packs of vegetable seedlings. I've never grown broad beans, but had a hankering to try. (and yes, those are unorganic slug pellets. Has anyone used the wool pellets that swell up when wet and are meant to deter slugs and snails? I'm looking for alternatives.)
We're still clearing up from the winter, in minimal time. Could someone please give me an extra day a week?
Below, the 'before' bed where the fork and bucket are. The mist, by the way, is actual mist rather than camera error. A good thick 'haar' (sea fog).
The following day, broad beans in place with anti pigeon netting.
Look at the warm Spring light in the shot above. We planted the beans at the start of the recent warm spell, when temperatures shot up to 21 degrees. Since then we've been away, and won't get back to the plot until this weekend. Meantime temperatures have returned to a more normal 3 degrees, complete with gales, snow and hail.
And just to continue with my green manure fixation, here's the current state of the one patch of grazing rye that came through. It's getting on for 3 feet high now. All I need is something to graze it.