Bleak Mid Winter / Green shoots dreams of spring.

Garlic sprouting

What a bitter day down the lottie. No matter how cold or hot it is in town despite only being a 20 minute walk up the road, the plot weather experiences slightly more extremes of hot and cold. So no matter how many layers I pull on it’s always a surprise how bitterly cold it can be. Today was one of these days. With a frost the night before digging is off the menu again, so still alas we can not plant the raspberries and fruit trees patiently awaiting their big day. If it ain’t wet it’s frozen, sods law, pardon the pun.

Despite the bleak weather there’s still plenty to be getting on with at 18a. Mr Wilson and I struggled against the bitter wind to finish off wiring up and tying in the blackberry canes. Almost lost our digits to frost bite but it’ll be worth it when we’ll be able to pick the blackberry bounty with ease come July. Around the plot there’s plenty of signs of life sprouting around with the promise of spring around the corner. The garlic that I planted into small pots and modules from late November to January is all sprouting away merrily. As ever I over ordered and am over run with potential garlic bulbs. Good job we absolutely love garlic! This year we are growing, Arno, Solent Wight and Purple Wight.

As our soil is very heavy and waterlogged in the winter months we decided to plant up our garlic into small pots and modules. Which will  get them growing to give us plenty of time to get their home just right before they move in for spring. Which is easier said than done, the bed intended  is our worse one by far. Heavy and wet with clay close to the surface. Boggy in the wet and a dusty desert of bad clay pottery lumps in the heat of summer. In our first summer we had a reasonable crop of potatoes from this bed but with hopes to grow aliums and some roots for 2011 it’s going to need some serious working. A prescription of organic matter force feeding is in order I feel!

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Author: Crafty Garden Hoe

For me it’s all about the simple things in life. Pottering around my allotment, growing things indoors and out, baking a good cake, being outside, pretty things, vintage finds and a good pot of tea. It’s all the small things that make me tick, noticing the beauty in everyday things. Although this blog initially was intended to be a blog about all these things its evolved into being basically a blog about our allotment. Our adventures, highs and lows, wins and loses. So join me & Mr Wilson as we learn from our mistakes and successes down plot 18a.

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