Ladybirds and Lockdown

We are about to start week 4 of lockdown in the UK and we’ve started to find a rhythm to our weeks. I have my exercise class most mornings at 9 and Louis has his personal training sessions on Monday and Thursday afternoons – all done via video calls and I’m trying to use all the time in between wisely. We’ve been to the allotment a couple of times since my last post, mainly to have a break from being cooped up inside and for some fresh air. I’ve done a bit of weeding and collected some more seeds to plant at home. We also had another cuppa at the table with Michelle. No broken mug for me this time! I ordered a beautiful enamel mug online so even if I drop it (which I will!) it won’t break. Perfect for the allotment.

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Rhubi started bolting! I’ve obviously been neglecting her because by the time I noticed this had happened!

I remember reading about this last year and it’s possibly due to not having enough water which would make sense as it has been pretty dry here over the last few weeks. So, I pulled off the stalks with the potential flowers and gave her a good drink. It’s currently raining, so that should help.

After I’d removed the flowering stalks I harvested some stalks to make a crumble. I added peaches and blackberries to it and we had a lovely pudding which lasted us a few days.

This is how Rhubi looked when I left her yesterday.

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I’ve planted more seeds. I spent some time on the plot planting yellow courgettes and cucumbers. I’ve left them down there as I’m running out of windowsill space at home!

The miniature sunflowers have been growing beautifully. I re-potted them this week and shared them with the volunteers and customers at Random Cafe yesterday. I kept a few for myself which I’ll plant on the plot in a few weeks but, for now they are on my balcony.

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I’ve also planted sweet peas – hopefully they’ll survive Helper No. 2 this year! I planted them a week ago and already they’ve germinated and I can see some growth. These will go by the fence to grow up the trellace when they’re ready. Thank you Michelle for the seeds.

My kitchen has, temporarily turned into my potting shed! This is what it looked like this morning while I was planting some lettuce seeds.

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I still only have one cucumber seedling and one pumpkin, but just look at the pumpkin!

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The aubergine seeds seem to have all germinated at once! They took a while to do anything and I thought they weren’t going to, so I planted a few more and now there are LOADS of them! Hopefully, I’ll be able to share these too because I am definitely not going to have enough room for all these plants on the plot. A job for next week is to re-pot these. These photos were taken a week apart.

The peppers are also doing really well. One, in particular, appears to have had a burst of energy and has outgrown the rest by some distance. Again, there are far too many plants for me to use on the plot so it will be a case of sharing with anyone who wants one.

I’ve seen lots of ladybirds on the plot this week – none of them getting up to any shenanigans this time! I even brought one home with me.

Here’s what the plot looked like when I left it yesterday. Not much happening apart from the grass needing a flippin good cut!

During this time we are immensely grateful to all the keyworkers who are continuing work to keep us safe and carry out essential services. The first photo is a note my mum has on her front door, the second is a poster Louis coloured in and the third is a very unexpected present I received this week (from a key worker).

Thank you xx

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One thought on “Ladybirds and Lockdown

  1. My great grandfather used to get annoyed when the rhubarb bolted, but then just pulled the top off of the bolting shoot. The rest continued as if nothing had happened. It was odd. I would expect the other pups to bloom immediately afterward; but they didn’t. Rhubi sure looks good for having so many petioles harvested.
    I decided to leave my original rhubarb from my great grandfather’s garden where it is for another year. (It lives in a vacant garden parcel where there are several other important plants in ‘storage’.) It is happy and safe there. If I move some of it here or to another garden later, I will move only a pup or a few pups, and leave the rest to do what it wants to. However, there is another variety of rhubarb in one of the landscapes that will be brought here instead, just because it might get dug and disposed of where it is now. It has pale green petioles. It does not look very appetizing, so I intend to try it to see what is so great about it.

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