Overcast with sunny intervals and still a cold breeze from the E/NE.

So this week the sun has shone and ,much progress has been made - by everything that is growing and bursting into bloom and also some progress in getting things planted and sowed and general tidying up.

Winds went round to the east for the week and clear days with barely a cloud for most of the week. Chill in the wind of course when it was more than light, and some nighttime frosts with the clear skies.

Spring is here. Sunny day with light easterly wind. Almost down to t-short while mowing, but not quite. Clear blue sky - heard only 3 aeroplanes far overhead during the afternoon - I wonder if the lack of flights will reduce the global dimming and cause yet more problems.

More mowing at the bottom end of orchard. Weeding strawberries - need to give them some fresh compost mulch (and get some straw)

Extended the tunnel seed bed to include Leeks (Mussleburgh) Savoy Cabbage (Vertus), Cauliflower (All Year Round) and Celeriac (Monarch). Made a deeper drill than needed and filled bottome with seed'n'cutting compost then sowed and covers with more see'n'cutting. We shall See...

 

Mowing for a couple of hours towards the quince area.

Sowed 1 row early Nantes Carrots and a row of 12 garlic and 10 Stuttgart Onion sets in plot 4. (after yet more weeding and dock removal)

Visit for Judy and partner from far end of Underlane towards Pipers Pool. Made appreciative noises (they have about 5 acres up there and have been living in social distancing isolation there for 12 years (insecurely and perhaps not entirely legally from a planning point of view). Farmer around them has recently put in 1000 head cattle unit and been polluting the Kensey headwaters with effluent run-off.

Judy says I should paint the tunnel water butt black to stop it getting toxic green algae.

Carried on mowing and tidying. 

Planted a row of Nicola spuds (having cleared the docs under the carpet cover

Did some sowing in the tunnel - 5 pots of Butternut Squash (hurricane), 4 pots of Jalepeno Peppers, 4 pots of California Wonder peppers, 4 pots of Black Beauty Aubergine. Made a seed bed on east side bed for Greyhound Cabbage, Red Drumhead Cabbage and Bedford Brussels Sprouts.

Also sowed in haste Friday last some Salad Bowl lettuce, but out of date seed.