As I have the smallest of vegetable areas, I amaze myself regarding the amount of pleasure I get from it.
1. Of course it would be far easier to cycle to the supermarket and pick up a bunch of spring onions for instance, but as I dig up a small cluster and bring it to the kitchen I know for sure there will be no soil down the hollow leaves, and the whole leaf is used too: the tops going into stir fries etc. I have just dug up the last couple of clumps, prepared them and they are fridge ready to add to salads over the weekend. Spring Onion Ishikura Bunching have stood the longest from when they were first planted out. I shall try sowing the rest of the packet to see if they go over the winter. Starting them off several seeds to each small module has worked exceedingly well, and I shall adopt that method in the future. It makes for a ready made clump, and no need no any elastic band either.
2.The Leeks are planted out. I just picked up a pot of seedlings from the market a month or so back, and as they were so small seperated them and pricked them out about 12 to a 20cm pot. I forgot the hard work getting holes into clay. When I had my allotment it had been double dug initially and was so much easier in comparison. I had planted the first batch using a dibber a week or so ago, and the remainder went it having used a trowel to dig a wider hole, which will slowly get filled in with friable soil and compost.
3. The lettuce are ready and look strong enough to go out now. These were the ones I pricked out just over two weeks ago. Only one lost when it was tidy. There are still far too many as far as Mr S is concerned! I am just dreaming up of all those delicious salads before the soup season kicks in.
4. I had a Furtlenthuse over Chinese Garlic Chives: Allium tuberosum.
This is the clump as it came out with its lumps of clay. After clearing this carefully and washing the roots, I wondered how best to divide them since they were clumped together with a hard woody base.
Maybe at an earlier stage before the flowering stems had hardened up the operation would have been easier.