May 12th 2019

Temp: Well, according to the current ‘fake news’ thermometer, it said Max. 42.5˚ Min. 0.8˚

Rainfall: 21mm

Another beautiful day on the lottie. A wonderful sight of ripened strawberries greeted me as I opened the poly tunnel door. There is nothing so deliciously sweet as a warm, ripe strawberry plucked and eaten straight from the plant. Hubs asked optimistically if I will make strawberry jam this year. Very few will make it home to a dish, they are the growers reward! They are also my annual ‘ground rent’ as it is tradition that my Dad gets the first strawberries – well, almost the first. Considering they are in baskets there were a couple that had been nibbled… those swine get everywhere.

This has been my only visit of the week so a few things were incredibly dry in the polytunnel.  I tested the newly acquired drill-powered pump to water it and it was pretty much a success. The drill didn’t get too warm, though I’m not sure how long a fully charged battery will last as the one I used wasn’t completely charged. I just need to get my soaker hoses into place, oh and buy a drill because Hubs is not going to let me use his permanently lol.

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The borlotti beans, cabbages, cauli’s and broccoli have all germinated. Earthed up the potatoes and hoed all the other beds. Planted out the vegetable spaghetti and caulis – covered with fleece because I don’t have the time to harden these babies off properly. That’s the downside of not living really close to the allotment.

Sown: carrots.

Harvested: Strawbs (!), radishes, asparagus, lettuce, purple sprouting broccoli, carrots and spinach.

At dinner tonight Hubs confessed he’s not enjoying the spinach, which is a shame because it grows so well! If you’ve got any good recipe recommendations please let me know.

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