We reopened the Garden on Saturday 5th January to get the 2013 season up and running.
First jobs today included weeding the bean bed and topping it with manure followed by harvesting the parsnips and leeks. Some of the parsnips had started to rot underground due to the awful weather we have been having. But they did grow as expected and smelt delicious as soon as they came out the ground. Perfect for some parsnip soup.
The leeks on the other hand have stored better under the ground but grew round and fat rather that long and straight! They were such a sensitive seedling that we found it very difficult to get them growing outdoors. The seedling really needed looking after and went out into the ground quite late compared to other crops.
We then had a hunt for the secateurs! We could not find them anywhere! This prompted us to really look at the mess and storage in the polytunnel. We then spent the rest of the day putting the polytunnel in order and getting round to taking things up to the the skip.
We also checked on our spring bulbs and they seem to be pushing through. Plus some wildflower seed mix has started to germinate! Winter pansies are also adding a welcome splash of colour :)
Oh! News for 2013.... We have permission to build a toilet on site! We had our first builders quote today. Exciting stuff!