While it may have been warmish for a winter evening the other night, last night was definitely cooler and foggy, but its still not proper cold and all my plants are confused. I did a wee wander around looking for something to do and guess what I found…
Raspberries and strawberries – what the??? These plants are supposed to be long since dormant. How can they build up their reserves for the summer it they are still going? I nibbled on a few and moved on.
The next thing I came across was a bit of a problem. I have loads of brassica plants about the place. There are Brussels sprouts, kale, broccoli, romanesco, cauliflower, cabbage, red cabbage, kohlrabi and calovo nero and… I think that is about it. It’s a nice mix of all sorts of cool stuff that should add loads of variety to our diets.
The problem is I don’t know which is which. Some are really easy to figure out, the red cabbage, calovo nero and the kohlrabi are a given – the kohlrabi is nicely swelling the base, the calovo nero is unmistakeable and the red cabbage is red. But the rest all look the same at this stage of growth and all I can do is wait. I should have labelled each plant, but I didn’t. I thought I’d remember, but then I should have remembered that I never remember. Oh well.
I decided to do a bit of soil toiling and get my hands dirty, and planted out those salad plants. The soil while cold and quite wet, was also soft and crumbly and full of worms. I removed all the weeds which wasn’t too much of a chore as there wasn’t all that many. I pulled out all the rocket that was showing signs of flowering and gave half to the chickens, who were very suspicious and the other half to the goats who were delighted. Then I set about transplanting all my little salad plants and protected them from slugs and any escapee chickens that may find them.
And lastly I took out my new camera and tried to figure out how to take my monthly panoramic shot. As you can see I still have a lot of work to do.
Come again soon – I’m going to have to get creative, its supposed to rain!
Sarah the Gardener : o )