Just the one task for us this week at the allotment and that was to put our collection of rhubarb crowns in. We all went down to help prepare the part of the plot that we had designated for the rhubarb. The previous plot tenants had already put the boards in place so it was just a case of digging over the soil.
As we started turning over the soil it was noticeable the number of worms wriggling about in it. This one was awarded the status of 'superworm'!
When we told the kids it was time to start digging they were all for it. Master JibberJabber is very proud of his new fork while Miss JibberJabber has a border spade which is the perfect size for her. However, then we told them that in order to make the soil better for the rhubarb to grow we had to add compost and manure. “What's manure?” Well...I think they thought it would come out of the bag looking exactly like poo and so they were both relieved and surprised to find it looking just like soil.
Next was to position the rhubarb on the prepared soil. I'm only showing these two photographs as we forgot to take makers with and with six crowns and three different varieties we need to remember what's what! So from left to right we have Champagne, Raspberry Red and Timperley Early.
After we worked out which way round each of the crowns went (this was actually quite tricky for some of them) in they went. Of course now it's time for patience as the first sticks of rhubarb won't be ready now for around 18 months but it's still good to know we have got some more of our own produce planted. Next on the list are some more raspberry canes which we went and bought afterwards. Sadly I won't be able to make it down to the allotment this Sunday as I have to escort Master JibberJabber to yet another party (hopefully no dancing to YMCA or the Birdie Dance this week) so I will leave that task to Mr and Miss JibberJabber.
If after seeing photograph upon photograph of brown soil here's a little bit of colour from my Instagram feed this week. If you need any convincing of how unseasonably mild it has been one of my daffodils has bloomed. As I have to explain to everyone who knocks on the front door they are an early flowering variety and they are meant to flower in January and February. However, like other years with very little frost (we have only had one so far) they do come out in December. Merry Christmas!