Heavy winters make for a hectic allotment spring

I’m so very panicked and depressed when I look at this photograph from a year ago – the peas were almost ready to hit the ground running, the rhubarb was bursting from its pots, we had wallflowers ready to be planted, trays and trays of leeks that were already a couple of inches tall …

And so far, this year, we have absolutely nothing in the cold frame at all. Even the greenhouse isn’t quite entirely full yet (90% full maybe – which is okay, perhaps, although it feels like some kind of moral failure) and all we have in the ground is some shallots.

This weekend I must get some garlic planted, as well as rest of the manure into the soil for the potatoes which are now showing lovely dark shoots. I just hope that the weather cooperates!

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Thursday, March 4, 2010


Anonymous allotments4you said...

Don't panic...I haven't even started planting yet and I have come to realize that this hasn't put me behind last years schedule and I am already way ahead of the schedule from the year before. It's been a long winter but nature has it's ways of still giving us what we need!!

March 4, 2010 at 12:55 PM  
Blogger Z said...

Over several decades of vegetable growing, I've come to the conclusion that things pretty well catch up. We all want to get the earliest peas and tomatoes, but unless you've got a lot of time or very sophisticated (= expensive) equipment, you have to be lucky with the weather not to get your seedlings overheated by spring sun or chilled by a late frost. I sow later than I used to, and am quite satisfied with the results.

March 4, 2010 at 12:55 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

I'm so thankful that I'm not the only one who feels so incredibly behind!!

March 4, 2010 at 6:01 PM  
Blogger Jo said...

We've had some lovely spring days this week, so I hope the weather continues to be good for us at the weekend. I'm a little behind too this year, owing to the extra cold spell we've had.

March 5, 2010 at 1:06 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

Don't panic from me too. Things will catch up later and you have to go with the prevailing weather.

Well, that's what I'm saying to myself with nothing sown yet!

March 7, 2010 at 7:25 AM  
Anonymous Damo said...

Everything will catch up in the end, just hoping for a good spring/summer and a bumper harvest.

March 7, 2010 at 11:23 AM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

You're all completely right - especially Z who knows that the effort expended on this kind of early planting exercises is rarely borne out, but I do it every year, I'm just easily panicked into believing I've left everything too late.

March 11, 2010 at 7:32 AM  

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