Life on the Weald, May 2018
One of the consequences of living by the sea is that children, grandchildren and the wider family and friends visit quite often. This was an intended consequence and we love having visitors but we do tend to lose weekends on the allotment!
We hadn't done as much preparatory work as we should in April as we lost a whole weekend for the London Marathon, then we went away for a week to coincide with Sylvi's birthday and then my daughter and family came down for a weekend (although it was so wet and miserable that in all honesty we wouldn't have ventured to the allotment).
In May, my eldest son and family visited for the early bank holiday weekend and shortly after we disappeared for a week to Spain. The weather for the early May holiday was extremely good and whilst we neglected the allotment, we made good use of the garden
We also got the barbecue
out for only the second time this year and also put the smoker to good use with
smoked pork ribs and a slow smoked been joint.
|Chicken and lamb kebabs|
Surprisingly though, we grabbed a few hours later in the week and got some work done on the plot and its looking reasonably good.
|smoked beef and pork ribs|
On my first visit of the month I was pleased to see that the rhubarb which we had transplanted had taken well.
And in those dark November/December days I had sown some winter lettuces in seed trays at home. They had germinated indoors but spent January and February outdoors before being planted out in March. I was surprised to see that they had survived!
The peas were also doing well......
|Vailan, winter sown lettuces|
|Kelvedon Wonder peas|
...........and the broad beans sown in March were coming along.
|Meteor broad beans|
Early May and the blueberries are in full flower...........
............. and the apple is in blossom.
We also had signs of the first gooseberries in early May
And by 25 May we had a prolific crop
|gooseberry 4 May|
Sadly, two days later the entire crop had disappeared - squirrels? pigeons? herring gulls? We just don't know. Unlikely to have been people as they weren't ripe. But next year I will have to think of netting them. We lost our entire crop of blueberries last year so netting them is a priority for this month.
The first early potatoes are doing well...
|First early Rocket potatoes - 4 May|
|Vivaldi and Charlotte first early potatoes - 4 May|
At the beginning of May, the pond was covered in pond weed and there was no evidence of frogs or toads returning, but the water irises planted last year are looking good and hopefully will flower this year. If there are no signs of our amphibians returning by the end of the month, I think I might import some spawn or tadpoles.
|Garden pond and irises - 4 May|
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