|False sunset, reflection of the sun on the sea.|
The Broad Bean plants are now in their bed, with a sowing of Broad Beans to provide a successional crop, Parsnips, Perpetual Spinach, Swede and Turnip seeds are in the ground, and the early potatoes are planted. main crop potatoes are normally planted at Easter, Good Friday according to folk law, but as Easter is so late this year we will aim for the first week in April, the soil should have warmed up well by then.
In the propagator we have Leeks,Tomatoes, Savoy Cabbage and Brussel Sprouts. We will try the Tomatoes outside this year in pots, they are supposed to have an even better flavour when grown outside, I will probably hedge my bets though and keep one plant in the tunnel, just in case!
Three Potato bags have been planted with Ratte potatoes, kindly donated to us by a friend. This is a variety that we should have been growing last year and although the order arrived with them included, they disappeared. After having been given a taster of these lovely potatoes by the same friend that has donated the seed to us we had hoped to find a seed catalog stocking them, but we drew a blank, fortunately our friend had saved seed, so the ones that we have will be nurtured in the hope that next year we will have sufficient to grow as a real crop.
|A little Heath Robinson maybe, but it works.|
At last the incubator is in action, we have set quail eggs, we are not too sure how good a hatch we will get, we are not that happy with the parent stock. If we don't get a good rate we will have to look at replacing the parent birds with fresh stock.