Saturday, 15 May 2010
Berry days are soon to come
Cold nights in late May are what gardeners dread. I lost a whole tray of seedlings on Tuesday and I am sure I was not alone. Potato plants that were green and healthy last weekend were a shriveled brown mess when I visited the allotment this morning. Its not all pain, its going to be a heavy cropping year for berries. I have gooseberries, redcurrants, black currants and strawberries growing in glorious confusion seemingly unharmed by the long dry spell we've been suffering. They are green and hard at the moment but in a few more weeks they'll be ready and I don't doubt that I'll have plenty of willing helpers for the berry harvest.
I've been lifting green garlic and onions this week for a sloppy soup of peas and chorizo topped with a poached eggs, the sweet taste of the young alliums was a fine match for the peas. It was fresh tasting but still warming - perfect spring food. Its an Eagle recipe but one which really benefits from using fresh rather than stored garlic and onions. I'll be posting it when I've made it a few more times. Needless they weren't my peas as I only got around to planting them this week (along with Nantes carrots, stubby and sweet and pale pink ringed Chioggia beetroot).
Behind this row of green garlic you can see some corn salad that I am letting run to seed (for collection later on).