Monday, May 7, 2012

May showers

I keep forgetting to bring my camera to the allotment - so here's a few pictures of the back garden instead.

I was doing a few bits and pieces this afternoon between torrential rain and hail showers, and one job was to dig in some green manure, something I'm new to.  This bed was sown a couple of months ago with mustard seed, and had grown to about a foot high.  I cut it down with a shears today and threw it in a bucket, then turned over and dug in the roots.  I'm not sure how well I dug it in, as my spade is pretty blunt, but will just turning it upside down be enough in itself to kill it off?  I then spread the cut mustard on top to rot down.  Hopefully in a month or so I'll have a nice rich bed to plant courgettes in.

2012 seems to be a year of orange and pink and purple.  I love how the colours pop in the evening sun, and the delicacy of chive flowers unfurling from their papery skin.  The fruit is well on it's way too - tiny redcurrants and gooseberries and raspberries forming all along branches.  It might be chilly and a bit wet, but it's a pretty nice time of year all the same.




we can't keep up with the rhubarb!  it got a bit battered in last night's wind

herbs - sage and chives and parsley

chive flowers

pot marigold


  1. Nice pictures, good to see the fruit developing. The Mustard should be o.k. turned over but don't let it flower before digging it in. I chop it well with a spade as it has a tendency to pick up sometimes.