Thursday, 16 April 2015

April Allotment

allotment archway Recent sunny days and a willingness to get outside have led to some action of the potato planting kind at the plot. With pink gloves and a smile I've been tending to the soil,  digging it over, raking and planting rows of potatoes and broad beans.
rhubarb
I have also been forcing my rhubarb with a bucket so the stems are lovely and pink now. The lack of light encourages early growth of sweet stems so these will be coming home very soon for rhubarb pie or crumble. Look how it has grown since 6 weeks ago. In fact all the fruit is growing, the gooseberry has leaves appearing, as have the blueberries, some of the fruit trees have blossom and the sap is starting to surge again in the grape vine that's now happily climbing a new archway.Spring allotment I've been finding lots more china and clay pipes as I dig over the soil, quite the collection now. Always a pleasure to unearth little clues from the past.found items on the allotment In the greenhouse, more broad beans are growing and the sweet peas are starting to grow longer and will need pinching out soon to encourage bushier growth and more flowers come summer.broad-bean-plants Tractors busy in the adjacent fields, chugging along against the peel of the local church bells. It's a beautiful allotment plot surrounded by a field, a park, a pretty row of houses and in the distance a church that makes for a very English scene.tractors in a field flag of St George and church Still early in the growing season but you can see how it's gathering pace since the start of the yearspring days at the allotment I've bought strawberries that will be planted in a raised bed, this year we will have lots of fruit. strawberry plants The new improved allotment plot entrance. Now just a lot more weeding to be done, wild flower seeds to scatter and the shed to tidy. I've planted my pumpkin seeds in the greenhouse at home and I'm very excited to see them germinate over the next couple of weeks. allotment-shed

Joining in with Mammasaurus for How Does Your Garden Grow?

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14 comments:

lilmuselily said...

wow! that's a large allotment! can't wait to see how it all turns out. best of luck

Ness said...

What a lovely allotment plot. it looks like you have plenty coming along nicely for the coming year. I was going to force my rubarb but I couldn't find the black bucket!

Mammasaurus said...

That rhubarb certainly has grown, I can't wait to pilfer the in-laws rhubarb and make the most of my oven for pies. Must be cool to find little traces on the past in the soil - I would be in my element. Sounds like you have a very tranquil spot for an allotment there, I can see why you love it so much!
Thanks for joining in again m'dear x

Emma @ Tales of a Greenwood said...

Rhubard, hmmm I live in the rhubarb triangle but dont like the stuff, it is noce though to see it growing after a period of nothing at all. Such a great start with things growing quickly (especially the weeds!) with the warm spell we have had. Our pumpkins germinated within a few days which was very surprising

Gemma Garner said...

Fantastic shade of pink in that rhubarb. I was given some rhubarb by a fellow allotment owner last week - it was so tasty. I've gone from liking rhubarb to loving it! I like the patterns on the broken pieces of ceramics.

Kriss MacDonald said...

My husband would be over the moon about the rhubarb - that is to eat it in crumbles. Looks like your allotment is in a perfect setting.

Stephanie Robinson said...

That rhubarb looks great - I've forced mine for the first time this year too, the pink is so pretty. I love to find bits of broken china in the garden too, so much prettier than the (many) stones we have - our garden is on an old gravel pit so I'm resigned to the stones and curly root veg !! #hdygg

Helen Sims The good life mum said...

Oh that look like a hive of activity. I have also been forcing rhubarb only 3 weeks now but am so surprised it is still living under a bucket mine doesn't look as good as yours with its thick pink stems but hopefully soon we will catch up

Catherine @ Growing Family said...

Well you can definitely see you've been hard at work! Your forced rhubarb looks amazing, mine on the other hand was less impressive so we're still waiting for rhubarb crumble. How brilliant to be unearthing the past every time you do some digging, all I seem to find is pebbles!

citygirl101 said...

The rhubarb looks amazing, lovely to see you efforts paying off. I'd love to know the stories behind all the pottery, little bits of history uncovered

chickenruby said...

the allotment is set in such a beautiful place

Sarah said...

Wow! That is amazing. I look forward to reading about how the seedlings mature"

Katie Bedlow said...

Looks like it's all go at the plot! The seedlings are looking very happy and healthy, mine are a bit further behind at the moment but I'm hoping a warm weekend will get things growing! I do love getting the fresh air after being cooped up all winter. Katie x

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dorissander said...

love your pink rhubarb stems, china bits, and raised boxes. so many treats in your wonderful space.

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