Allotment Diary (February – Week 2)
We’ve had beautiful blue skies and sunshine all week, but it’s been extremely cold and with the wind-chill it’s been around -10c for most of the week.
Temperatures inside the polytunnel at night have been around -4 to -6c and so I’ve relied upon fleece to keep things growing, especially the new plantings. The sunshine has tempted me out on a few good walks and cycle rides though, so it’s not been all bad!
I’ve also put an extra layer of fleece under a few of my raised beds and low tunnels, again the ones with new plantings.
The plants with no protection: onions, salad onions, brassicas, broad beans have all really suffered and I won’t be surprised to find that we’ve lost a lot of them to the wind-chill. The frozen ground means no water and the desiccating wind has left them looking very sorry for themselves!
We only harvested for Debbie and I last week and that’s the same again this week, everything is very fragile. We still have plenty to eat of course and that’s the beauty of growing an intentional surplus, we never go hungry. My salad growing experiment on top of the wardrobe is doing well too and it looks as if it will be viable for me to grow salads through winter up there and give us at least a few meals a week to supplement pickings from the allotment.
The only real ‘disaster’ – that I’m sure of – is the first two containers of potatoes that went to the polytunnel. No amount of fleece could protect them from -6c and so I lost those, but I have plenty to replace them in the conservatory, so I wasn’t too bothered. The main reason that I had them planted so early was to shoot a video, I don’t normally start planting super early potatoes until mid-February.
No planting this week of course, so I now have quite a backlog waiting to go in as soon as the weather warms up, which should be on Monday. Plenty of sowing though, here’s what I sowed this week:
Here’s what we planted this week
Here’s our harvests for the year so far, with the most recent at the top. We hit our target for last year and harvested over £12,000.
Here’s a list of the preserves for last year.
I always like to keep a track of or first harvest dates and you can find a summary of those here:
YouTube videos for the week can be found here: