What’s up Doc?

Well, May Day supper is going to be lamb pitas with … early lettuce and spring onions and some skinny and red hot radishes. As Don, one of our allotment chums, grew some potatoes under-cover in a combination old tyre and plastic cloche type arrangement, we also have the first salad spuds of the year, from him! It’s a real joy when you eat the first meal of the year where all the veg came from your plot (okay, and from the plots of your generous friends) and even the mint that’s going into the lamb dish was harvested today by my own hand. The radishes could have done with another week, maybe, but they are searingly hot and make your mouth know it’s alive, that’s for sure!

And of course the work is coming faster than the crops now. Today it’s been hoe hoe hoe. May is the month for hoeing. Getting the heads off weeds now when they are tiny, means they don’t get their roots down which can make them harder to get rid of. And of course that means sharpening the hoe every ten minutes – I don’t know how people work with blunt hoes, Sweeney Todd could use mine to shave customers, because it makes the work of weed decapitation about 80% easier. And the other thing I’ve been doing, because the other half won’t, is thinning out the first lettuce and carrots – he’s too soft hearted to do it and then we end up with weedy plants, I’m ruthless and give the survivors the space to flourish!

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Monday, May 5, 2008


Blogger Lydia Theys said...

Ah, how sweet! The first veggies of the season. You are way ahead of me! But then our community garden was nearly wooded until November so we didn't get into it until March. Love your blog!

May 6, 2008 at 1:46 PM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

Thanks Lydia - if you're working on a new community garden, you've got lots of work ahead of you, but how fantastic! What are you growing ...

May 12, 2008 at 4:14 AM  

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