Allotment heatwave

Well, it had to happen! It’s not even flaming June yet and half our seedlings have decided to respond to the warm weather as if we’d menaced them with a flame-thrower.

I seem to be spending half a day each day at the plot, just watering and hoeing down the weeds: how is it that weeds thrive in conditions that beloved plants just die in?

Anyway, the salad crops are delicious: students took away radish, spicy oriental leaves and Little Gem lettuce leaves from the class last weekend and this week we’ve been adding rocket flowers, chive flowers and violas to our salads along with red and green basil, thyme, nasturtium leaves, oregano and leek thinnings. You can eat the thinnings from many sown crops, and leeks are tasty if you nip off the ends that have been in the dirt and just strew the hair-like green stems over some scrambled eggs – delicious!

Other than that, we’re still sitting on our hands waiting for the first new potatoes to be ready, but the rhubarb is well away: we’ve had four meals from it already and got a good kilo into the freezer and I’ve just picked a few strawberries to bring home and ripen on the kitchen windowsill as neither of us can get to the plot again until Friday, and the strawberries will have been slug-investigated by then, if I leave them around to be nibbled.

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Tuesday, May 29, 2012


Blogger Belinda Robinson said...

Love your chive flower salad - really pretty!

June 2, 2012 at 12:29 AM  
Blogger 5olly said...

Believe it or not, I completely forgot to check my strawberries yesterday. I bet the birds get them!

June 3, 2012 at 12:31 AM  

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