Sunday, 27 February 2011


Today we had the first rhubarb from the plot, stewed with brown sugar and ground ginger.

Broad beans


Sowed a double row of broad beans; Aquadalce Longpod. These should be hardy enough to survive light frosts after they've sprouted, but the growing tips should be tough enough to deter black fly. With good weather there will be beans by July. The trench was filled with soil with some pelleted poultry manure raked in; I'll add some compost as a mulch when the seeds come through.

This heavy shower coming over Salisbury Plain sent me into the shed with a flask.

Saturday, 19 February 2011


The rhubarb is nearly ready to start picking, maybe another week.

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Caen Hill.

An open day on Saturday at Caen Hill on the Kennet & Avon Canal. New lock gates and repairs to the banks.

Cold & wet.

Sunday, too wet to dig.

Monday, 7 February 2011

Beeton's Shilling Gardening.

Beeton's Shilling Gardening (Ward Lock 1895), found on a lunch time visit to the charity shop.

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Bean trench.

Dug the bean trench, filled it with semi-rotted compost and backfilled; ready to be sown and planted with bean plants in May. Dug up some small parsnips, and a few leeks which had more below the soils's surface than expected. The hardy blue leeks had survived the frosts well, but the yellow early leeks were ok too. The warmer weather has started regrowth on the black cabbage, and buds are showing on the summer raspberries.