Monday, May 07, 2007

Fruit, carrots & parsnips


I took Friday off work to make an extra long weekend and spend time on the allotment while HWDD was at work (Sunday too, as he also had to work)

I dug and raked the bed for the carrots & parsnips in 30 minute bursts, interspersed with 'rests' to plant the fruit bushes and enjoy the sunshine!
Sunday the weather was much colder and greyer, but I didn't mind as I still had bed 2 (peas & beans) to dig. I had soaked both the beds the day before and covered with carpet, to soften the clay crust, so it was pretty easy going.

I sowed 4 rows of Parsnip Javelin and one row each of carrots: Early Nantes, Autumn King & Health master. The other 3 rows of each will follow in succession.

We've started eating the small broad bean pods- steamed whole -yum!

Only managed 1/2 of the bean bed before retiring to the garden after lunch and planting up my previous veggie plot, used for sweet peas last year and left bare since then.




I noticed this fern (type unknown- donated by dad) and was compelled to take a picture. I was taken by it's lovely shape when viewed from directly above!

4 comments:

lilymarlene said...

I'll be really interested to see how you get on with that cranberry bush. We toured some cranberry bogs in New England a few years ago and I thought then that I'd love to grow them, but we don't have a "bog"! If you are successful I'll have a go too!

John Curtin said...

I've looked at the allotment over the past few posts - amazing how it has come on!!!!! I'm envious of those tight angles on the raised beds. Mine are a bit more 'free form'.

shirl said...

Hello,

Just visiting and spotted a plant I recognised – the fern your Dad gave you. I have some myself after seeing a fantastic clump of them at Cambridge Botanical Gardens about 10 years ago.

I know your plant as the ‘Shuttlecock’ fern but it is also known as the ‘Ostrich fern. I believe it is Matteuccia struthiopteris.

I am not a veg or fruit grower. I have only a small mix in my tiny greenhouse - the usual suspects tomatoes etc. However I must comment on your allotment it looks very impressive. I hope you get good weather this year for it.

Val Grainger said...

I am soooooo impressed with your raised beds............wow

Will link you to my blog as I'm sure there will be great interest!!