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.

raspberry

gooseberry

redcurrant

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

lobelia
pot marigold


2 comments:

  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.

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