Potatoes, leeks and lots of rain

Well, I did request some April showers, and mother nature has delivered. I just didn’t particularly want them over a bank holiday weekend when there’s so much to be done on the plot, but as they say, be careful what you wish for. Maybe I should have been more specific, say, between the hours of 8pm and 8am? That would be great.

It wasn’t all bad, Good Friday stayed dry and John managed to get all of our potatoes in, all five rows of them. I put another 4 rows of onions in, 1 row of beetroot, and I dug out the old strawberries and weeds from the raised bed.

In the smaller raised bed I have planted what was left of the onions, they’re closely planted in short rows and I plan to use them as spring onions. I also threw in what was left of a packet of spring onions I found lurking in the shed. I don’t seem to have a lot of luck growing spring onions, so we’ll see what comes of these.

The larger bed is now free for growing lettuce. There’s not a lot of soil left in there now, and probably few nutrients after the strawberries, so I’ll have to work in some compost before I plant my lettuce. And some form of slug deterrent will be needed too.

Back to the potatoes. We’ve got one row of novelty spuds, which consist of a few Highland Burgundy Red, and a few early International Kidney (not that novelty, but new to us). Two rows of salad spud Pink Fir Apple, and 2 rows of second early Kestrel. I’ve worked out that we should be able to start harvesting some of the earlies in mid July, and then we’ll lift them as and when we need them, harvesting whatever is left around the end of September. The Kestrel and Valour potatoes we grew last year have seen us through all winter and into Spring. In fact, coincidentally, we finished off the last few (discarding only a handful of little’uns at the bottom of the sack that had sprouted beyond use) on the same day we planted our new crop. I do love those circles of nature. I made a layered potato, leek and cheese pie, washed down with a few beers. Just what you need after planting 5 rows of potatoes.

As you can see we are still working our way through the leeks. They’re enormous, but you have to strip a few outer layers off, as they’re quite soft, which mean you end up with a fairly normal sized leek. Still tasty though!

We took a break on Saturday to rest our backs and limbs, and had hoped to get a few more hours in on Easter Sunday or Monday to dig over the bottom section, but it wasn’t to be. Hey, no complaints, at least the potatoes got a good watering in.


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