Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Potato Shoots for a Short While

Another cool day for May with some morning sunshine giving way to more cloud in the afternoon. Light drizzle set in late in the afternoon which turned into more persistent rain later in the evening. 

We’d decided to do some work on the plot in the afternoon provided it wasn't tipping down with rain. As we usually do we have a quick look around the plot as soon as we arrive to check on progress. A few of our potatoes have broken cover but they might just be a little early as more frosts are predicted for later in the week.

These are our first earlies Swift on the right and Vales Emerald. Some of our later varieties Winston, Nicola and Nadine were through as well. Before we left these tender new shoots were covered with soil giving them a little bit of protection against any late frosts.

We managed a little harvest before the drizzle forced us to leave early. Rhubarb and cauliflowers fairly standard for this time of year but I also found a few spring onions “White Lisbon” and beetroot “Boltardy” that had been covered in straw over winter. It will be interesting to see if these cook and taste okay.

Original post from A Gardener's Weather Diary author M Garrett


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