I stayed away from the plot for a couple of weeks due to the constant rain and wind, it really wasn’t tempting me to go. We’re back to freezing again and it snowed quite heavily yesterday but didn’t last long enough to settle. The sun came out for a bit today and I decided a brisk walk to the allotment would be nice, which it was, but it was very cold. When I arrived I couldn’t feel my hands which really didn’t help with having to forcefully open the frozen gate, after muttering lots of bad words and wresting with the cold metal latch I finally managed to defrost it, the gate released, allowing me in at last. My hands were completely numb so I pushed the gate shut using my back, I stuffed my poor hands into my coat pockets and looked around for my friends. I was alone. Sensible people.
I trotted off to my plot, it all looked very sad and brown as it usually does this time of year. Speaking of sad, I have an update on the limp-looking sprouting broccoli situation….
Most of the plants are looking worse than the last time I visited the plot but at least one looks alive. For now.
My gut tells me there’s no life left in the other plants, the stems are squishy and the tops floppy. Proper strop. However, I have made the decision to leave them where they are, just to be sure. This has never happened before so I really don’t know what to expect.
At least the kale looked beautiful. Variety Dazzling Blue, described as very winter hardy and here’s the proof:
The rhubarb is waking up again but I wonder, does it really ever sleep?! I don’t think mine does.
I noticed daffodils coming up which is always lovely to see, a reminder that brighter days will come.
Broad bean seedlings continue to grow well (the tunnel cloche really helped) and garlic seems to be ok too.
The cold snap is set to stay for a few days at least, then probably back to rain. Spring is near folks, hang on in there!