Tuesday 2nd February 2016

Lovely sunshine but chilly strong breeze outside. So, after harvesting the last carrots,. A bag of brussels, some parsnips, a cabbage and some hardy salad greens, we started in the greenhouse out of the wind..

There are lots of onions up in the seed trays. We spent a while scissoring the tops off to stimulate sturdier development.
We had planted a couple of hundred sweet peas, planning to contribute most of them to a charity plant sale in a couple of months. But they have attracted the attention of some small rodents who have made off with the sprouting broad beans too! No idea how many sweet peas are left – we will have to wait and see, fingers crossed … I hope the (mice/ voles?) don’t develop a taste for alliums.

Anyway, after a bit of chuntering around the subject of small rodents, we sowed some more flowers: some Nicotiana sylvestris (aren’t they just the tiddliest seeds for such a big plant!) for the cottage garden; some Tagetes minuta, claimed to control ground elder which plagues us in the walled garden; and some sea holly seeds collected from a very abundant source on a garden visit last Summer – just to see what happens.

After elevenses we felt we really should venture outside. So we did. We started weeding the globe artichoke/bee flower bed/border until more vigorous exercise was required to warm us up. We dug over some of the beans-to-be plot until lunchtime.

We had to forego gardening for an afternoon entertaining visitors – so just another half day. But a good productive one.

Not bad for the beginning of February.

Tuesdays in the Triangle Field (Community Supported Market Garden) are busy, sociable, friendly, relaxed, productive. Volunteers are made welcome, fed, watered and rewarded with produce. Let us know if you would like to join us either regularly, occasionally or just for a one-off pleasure.

Tel. 01743 761418 email: crabapplecom@hotmail.com

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