Having planted my first early potatoes on the Feast of the Annunciation, they have now reached new potato size and whatever the weather are being lifted today. All of the seven remaining plants. Since I have been unable to do much for the last 8 weeks, on account of my poorly shoulder, I have very little ground in cultivation. The couch grass grows high..... Carrots need to go somewhere. The broad beans are a little small, but edible and the parsnips have actually germinated. Tip plant when the ground is warmed up a bit, or give them a hot water bottle. I have many packets of seeds still to plant and really no time til the end of term to do much. Sigh.
On a very positive note, I have been given five blackcurrant bushes by the father of a friend. How lucky is that? Very. Looking at other plot holder, many have a great deal of space given over to fruit, this being Kent, so I'm very pleased. Friends wheeled 2 over on Thursday on the way to vote and gave me 5 eggs from their hens. We have the makings of a cooperative. They returned with a few cuttings. I'll have to give them some potatoes.
Meantime in the back garden next door's plum tree is heaving with fruit and most of it is over hanging into my garden. I can't wait for it to be ripe. Yum. Will make Ruby (neighbour) some jam and things.
I'm also in Kent, and had to dig up some earlies (swifts) last weekend on account of the slugs. They were more than respectable, especially with butter, mint (also off the allotment) and asparagus (bought - we only planted ours last year).
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