At last the early potatoes are above ground. I had earthed them up and the rows looked lovely - but today the soil was baked hard on top - all the wind and a bit of sun soon changes it.
I was amazed to see that the broad bean seeds I sowed had germinated the started to grow so quickly!
I need to hoe between the rows and heap up the soil again - but for now grass cuttings do the job well.
It's amazing how quickly the grass grows up there - and so lush.
The comfrey has thrived with all the rain, and will make really good fertilizer.
I set Mr Lottie the task of weeding one side of the compost heap - which will be planted out with pumpkin or squash plants.
The weeds filled a wheelbarrow - and the compost is perfect.
What I can't quite understand though - is why it is so dry - all the way through - after all the rain we have had. Maybe the fact that it had grass and 'weeds' growing which might had have sucked up all the moisture.
I had a lovely heap of fresh horse manure delivered, and spent a while filling up and spreading it out into the other half of the compost bin.
I once was told that if you hoe when you don't need to hoe, you won't need to hoe!
It didn't make much sense at the time - but it does now.
So I hoed between my broad bean plants in the front bed, and it broke up the hard soil - you can see the difference can't you.
It made a big difference and any rain will now be able to soak in again. I don't know how much time I will get to keep the hoeing up on all of my plot - but I'll try.
The currant bushes, which I hard pruned are really flourishing and loaded with flowers.
I am hoping for a good crop again this year. I freeze all the fruit and it lasts a whole year until the next harvest.
I harvested more rhubarb too - again - it gets frozen and sees us through to next year.
The gooseberry bush is going to give me so much fruit
My fruit bush cuttings are coming on a treat
These are mainly current bush cuttings - doing well too.
I got Mr Lottie to help me top and tail the bags of rhubarb sticks.
Well he'll be eating the crumbles and pies I make, and it'll save another trip to the allotment compost the leaves!
Rain forecast again for tomorrow - so I'll be working in the garden tomorrow.