Glen has been busy, busy, busy in the Garden Patch. He has been planting onions and garlic, yes lots and lots of them. Wait Glen, we need space for all the other vegetables. I may just hide some!
There is an interesting observation I have made with the men on the allotment, yes, there is an obsession with straight lines when planting. I do understand, it does look pretty and I do like to see the lines and all the plants all in a row, but.....
In the short space of time that I have been on the allotment, I have noticed that the flowers of the vegetables are so pretty but yet so delicate. An example of this is of course Kale flowers as above. What a beautiful picture they make and of course they can be eaten.
I just had to share with you this bold and vibrant red Tulip flower.
So I have been showing you for as long as ever the growth of the leeks. They have been there so long, that they have virtually become part of the furniture of the Garden Patch. I totally forgot we were mean't to eat them, so funny. Anyway, we were told last week to reap them, my first thought was, 'What am I suppose to do with these?' After looking at Jamie Oliver cooking leeks, I decided to combine them with rice. I simply sauted the leeks with onion and garlic in vegetable oil and butter, then added vegetable stock. Finally, the rice was then added to the leeks with a splash of soy sauce. I am definitely going to try this recipe again, I am certainly a convert now.
Potatoes Garlic Leek
Spring Onions Corn Beetroot
Wow! My visit to the allotment after a couple of weeks showed that Spring is here. What excitement! These pictures were taken from the allotment, the beautiful yellow daffodil, seen in all its sunshiny glory. Sorry, I don't know as yet the names of the other two plants, will try and find out.
Glen has been busy running around trying to get wood for the garden shed. Hopefully, soon I would be able to show you the finished product.
There is such a buzz and excitement on the allotment now. Planting of potatoes is on the way. Glen has put his to sprout for the last two weeks (chitting) as seen in the image above, soon they will be in the ground.
The Leeks and garlic are growing well. Things are definitely on the way.
As you can see, Glen has gone crazy buying seeds and bulbs. He has bought carrot, beetroot, corn, courgettes, parsnips, tomato, butternut squash, cucumber, sweetpepper, thyme, potatoes and ochro. I am sure I forgot some.
I am most excited about ochro, will it actually grow well? Only time will tell, I guess.
Very excited though. Of course all will be shown here for you to see.
So here we are, the first day of 2017. Not much is happening on the allotment, surprisingly though, the onions we planted recently have started to grow. I thought nothing that appear so delicate grew in winter conditions, but obviously I was so wrong, as the leeks are also doing well.
Reflecting on the crops we grew last year, the butternut squash was by far the most successful in both size and quantity harvested, the results of only six seeds. Our friends certainly enjoyed the benefits of this bountiful harvest.
Glen has great plans for the allotment this year, including trying out different vegetable seeds that grow in the Caribbean, as that of ochro, pumpkin and others I am sure.
Very soon we will be sowing and planting again.
Garlic Potato Unknown Flower
Various seeds Onion bulbs Ochro /Lady fingers
I just wanted to show you these strange garden tools that Glen use to turn over the soil. I must admit I have never seen them before, but apparently they are quite good.
The smell from the garlic leaves is so incredibly strong, to be honest I did not know what to expect. The potatoes are beginning to sprout above the ground, never thought about what potato leaves looked like before, now I know. Allotment life is such an incredible journey, so much to learn, but what fun. The entire experience draws you in and basically takes over your life in a lovely way. Planting certainly teaches you patience. I would certainly recommend it.
It has been really cold lately, so not much has been happening on the allotment. Spring is around the corner, well, so I would like to think. I bought this beautiful plant as I anticipate March when we start planting. Glen was given this garden shed that he has to assemble on the allotment. At present, it is not where it should be, just waiting for the weather to get warm.
Leeks and rice Chopped Leeks Leeks
As you can see above, we have take off in terms of growth of new vegetables. It is amazing to see different plants germinating at different times. The beetroot were the first to burst out of the seeds, then corn. I am unsure as to what determines this. Nevertheless, interesting to observe.
Things are definitely happening in the Garden Patch (allotment). Seeds are being sowed and Glen has been busy digging trenches and putting potatoes in. I have learnt that some of our Garden Patch neighbours use different methods of planting potatoes. Interestingly, some dig individual small holes and then put the potatoes in one by one. Maybe he will try a different method next year. I can certainly tell you that it is hard work, but will be worth it.