Veg Patch

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Monday, 11 March 2013

Sun, Spuds and Snow!

Saturday dawned slightly misty but there was definitely the promise of sun. My seed potatoes had been happily chitting for several weeks and the Duke of York and Sarpo Blue Danube, were looking ready to be planted. 

First job of the day though was to take in some of that lovely sunshine over a cup of tea and choc chip muffin. 

I also took the opportunity to have a good look at the spuds to make sure they were all healthy. I had so much blight last year, apart from the Early Duke of York, all of my potatoes are of the Sarpo blight resistant type. I have never eaten these but lets hope they are tasty. 

They were all looking great, so a nice straight trench and they were in

The green manure Jim cut down for me needed rotavating in. 

It was not an entirely successful job. In the middle the roots were very close together and the soil was still damp. The blades had a real job so in the end I had to resort to fork power. It looks very messy and I am not sure that I will use it again. I get the feeling I am going to be weeding out huge clumps of grass all summer. 

By now the sun had well and truly got its hat on, so I popped in to the greenhouse to plant some more seeds. The door was open and so were the vents but it was still showing 102 degrees on the thermometer. Phew. 

I planted Green beans, Dwarf Beans, more Peas, Cabbages, Brussel Sprouts, more Tomatoes, Pumpkins, Vegetable Spaghetti Squash, and Courgettes in the veg department. Flower wise, I planted Nasturtium and Marigold. My companion planting seemed to work well last summer, no fly problems at all, so I shall try again this year. 

Back in the house, it was time to try one of my pickled eggs. It was a bit of a job getting it out of the jar, I seem to have rammed to many in. This was born out by the fact that where the egg had been pressing against the side, I still had a nice white stripe. 

It looked fine on the inside so I ate it. 

To be honest, it just tasted of vinegar. I was hoping that the chilli might have infused the egg but sadly not. I am will have to try and find a way of making chilli eggs rather than pickled eggs. 

And now the concluding part of this post's title. The weather men had been going on all weekend about snow today. As they never seem to get it right here I didn't pay much attention, Until I looked out this morning and saw this.. 

These were taken about 3 hours ago, Its a lot deeper now. Cross your fingers for my potatoes and my poor beleaguered broad beans. 


  1. Crikey you're off to an early start aren't you?

    1. I actually planted my potatoes two weeks earlier last year..