I haven’t posted for a couple of weeks, various commitments having kept me away from the allotment. Nevertheless, the last time I was down there, and ever since, it felt like summer (even if it as actually still spring).
The upturn in the weather has been a boon in most ways – slugs and snails are deterred from venturing out, weeding becomes a lot easier and less messy, seedlings are moving on apace – but it also has its downsides. There’s a lot of watering in the greenhouse and poly-tunnel to do and the last time Sam went down the Rhubarb was also looking a bit floppy. And that takes a lot of water to perk it up. In this kind of weather those big leaves are a bit of a design flaw given all the water that transpires from them. I was moved to contemplate whether removing the leaves might be an option to prevent flopping but I rather suspect there might be some negative consequences from such a course of action. On the other hand, we have lots of rhubarb so perhaps we could experiment on a stick or three to find out.
Not much chance of getting this proposal past the committee I suspect.