I was making my mind up about forcing one or two of my rhubarb crowns this year. Some time ago I covered both the rhubarb and the paths between my raspberries with woodchips and I think that was the reason I forgot about the forcing – I couldn’t see any of the crowns.

I had a very nice surprise today when I went there to do a bit of work – some of the rhubarb was big enough to be picked so of course I did.


The weather was much better than the forecast had said and I managed to put in one row of the very early Swift potatoes and two rows of Lady Christl. The ground didn’t feel too bad, certainly wasn’t too wet. Also I sowed two lines of turnips and one of swede, it will be interesting if the birds will leave the seedlings alone – they didn’t in the past and I had to put a net over the swede bed.


When I first started gardening on the allotment I didn’t realise that I could have fresh veg almost all year round.

Today is the first day of the new year and I harvested some leeks, swede and parsnips


and rather surprisingly some spring cabbage.008The ground was quite firm after yesterday’s frost but soft enough to lift the parsnips. They came out nice and clean and it didn’t take too much effort to clean them. All this fresh veg will be made into a thick country vegetable soup, just the thing for a chilly winter’s day.