Monday, May 09, 2011

Not so Sloe after all

Remember my post last Autumn about the miserly quantity of Sloes the Blackthorn bush managed to produce? Well, if these

manage to stay on the tree we might be doing a bit better this year, and there are lots more all over it. Sloe Gin in prospect already, and it's only May! Yummy!! Plum is looking pretty good too, provided they stay on.

And in another full-on bash yesterday, I managed to transplant:
  • Lettuce - Green Salad Bowl
  • Lettuce - Lollo Rosso
  • Lettuce - Romaine (anybody would think we liked lettuce; well, it is a mild soporific!)
  • Pak Choi
  • Sorrel (one of this year's finds; it's got a really sharp vinegary taste. But then with a name like Rumex acetosella it would, wouldn't it? The clue is in the acetic acid bit)
  • Rocket
  • Mizuna
  • Stonehead Cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Climbing French
  • Mangetout peas
  • Courgettes

In response to the hoots of derision I got last year for planting 10 courgettes, I've only planted 4 this year. Well, OK, 10 was perhaps a bit excessive! But I've got another 4 in reserve so may yet go ape on ratatouille.

I've had to build some more forts around the beans

and peas

and everything in the (now full) nursery bed

is protected too. I hate doing this but the alternative is lose everything to pigeons. Anybody got a catapult?


Green Lane Allotments said...

Looks like it will be a good fruit year all round - wild and cultivated.

Nutty Gnome said...

Hmmm, really must get a blackthorn bush!
It's all looking good Woody. I've just got in from work and am about to pop out to plant a few more peas, dwarf beans and a spare courgette I happed to have lying around - as you do! My other courgettes and a couple of squashes and pumpkins got frost-nipped the other night :(

melsanford said...

Naughty pigeons! I have magpies hovering around my patch but I'm not quite sure what they're after! Your prison should keep them out nicely :-) Mel xx