Give Peas A Chance
It’s terribly tempting to snack on raw peas on the allotment …
but this week I’ve resisted and a mushroom and pea risotto is planned.
It’s so exciting to find the first tomatoes nestling on the plants in the pop-up greenhouse. I’ve been feeding with Tomorite every 2 weeks to give the plant the micro-nutrients needed. Growing in the ground rather than in a grow-bag means a balanced feed is essential.
The first squash has also emerged and the tips of the plant pinched out to stop it roaming and reducing the crop.
Lychnis coronaria is looking great in the back lane and has been in flower for weeks.
It’s a short-lived perennial but it does seed itself and responds well to division from March to May. I found several clumps on the allotment from a division in April and one of these was lifted out and gently separated at the roots. It made five new plants for the main garden and as a stalwart will contribute colour and height mid-summer next year.
The mottled-leaf of the nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus) makes a great contribution to the smallest of vases. If picked when tiny the leaves add an intense peppery flavour to mixed salad leaves.