January 2016

SNOW & SLUGS
At last the weather has turned cold. Good because my bulbs will benefit from it , bad because the weight of snow is damaging my nets.

Snow on the nets do look amusing, like I've draped sheets over the broad beans.
Snow on the nets do look amusing, almost like I’ve draped sheets over the broad beans.

A winter holiday for the Slugs.
All is not as rosy at it seems….

BrocoliAt the first look, all is well at the allotment. The broad beans have put on growth in this (previously) mild weather, spinach bed abundant with greenery and Mr. Broc still producing edible side shoots. Yes the rose arch needed sorting as the high winds toppled over the flimsy frame. But sometimes it just takes one damn thing to make you shriek.
Welcome to The Celeriac Hotel for over wintering SLUGS! In some ways it looked like primitive caves that you might see in the distance on some cliff face in France. But no, they haven’t gone to France for their winter break, they’ve eaten your entire celeriac crop. And are living in their own dinner, now that is bad manners.

A winter retreat for the slug population!
A winter retreat for the slug population!

The cheek! But silly me for not thinking that there might have been a winter raid on the edibles.

I still have a respectable trug of veg though. Leeks, Brussel Sprouts and spinach, and still plenty of those left. The tiny sprouts were delightful and sweet and all mine.

The next manual job was to get some daffodil bulbs in while there was a break in the rain. They are in the cut flower bed at the plot and so even if they are unlikely to flower this spring, at least they can happily put on a root system ready for transplanting next autumn.

The daffs.
The daffs.
Features images winter veg
Pretty winter trug minus the celeriac.
No one else gets a look in with these babies.
No one else gets a look in with these babies.
Broad beans looking healthy in this mild weather.
Broad beans looking healthy in this mild weather.
The rambling rose is going to be a devil to untangle.
The rambling rose is going to be a devil to untangle.

A blog about my gardening exploits to inspire, even if its looking like its all about go wrong. (Which it does, alot)

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