30 Jan First outdoor planting and first microherb crop!
Getting used to the chill now. All the thinking has to be done in the warm before or after work and then its just go, go, go through the list and keep moving, whatever you do!! Adrian and Martin were still roofing and actually said they were sweating up there. I would love to have taken their pictures for you – especially in all their protective clobber – but a woman waving a camera doesn’t go down very well in sub zero temperatures. I didn’t want to be wearing a piece of roof on my head. Unbelievable that I was actually able to work outdoors on the beds, given the early snow covering, but by 11 much of it had thawed. It was wonderful to be out there with the blackbirds and robins planting Rhubarb ‘Victoria.’ It’s a heavy cropper with lovely tender stems. Yum. Digging in the rhubarb plot, I discovered lots of hidden crowns of existing rhubarb, so made up a compost and feed mix and gave them a top dressing they can’t resist.
In the glasshouse the winter doesn’t exist. And guess what? Our first micro herb’s were ready for harvest today!The seed sowing cycle continues. We are so pushed for space that everything is improvised here at the moment. It’s incredible how simple layers of bubble wrap maintained the heat in our make-shift propagation room, even when the roof was off today!
A little bit of fun to send you off into the weekend. Remember I mentioned the fish living in the peach house? It’s HUGE (well, it was huge, but I haven’t seen it for a couple of days) and I could never work out why, as it disdainfully ignores perfectly good fish feed. Today Benjy was weeding behind the tank and said that it wasn’t that the water was green with weed, it was actually moving with small frogs. I think that the fish must have been feasting on the frog spawn and that these babies are the survivors. We found that a large plant pot makes a perfect frog catcher…The view by the end of the day. It feels like a miracle, that when I left at around 5.30pm it was still light enough to see. Phew, what a week. Three of the boys have chosen to work tomorrow so I’m taking them in pastries for breakfast. Have a great weekend X