The crowning glory

Today has apparently been the hottest day in April for 70 years. Irrespective of statistics, it has certainly felt more like high summer than the rainy season. In fact, my soil is now bone dry.

Never mind, the compost heap is suddenly going like the clappers and the rhubarb has grown from nothing to this

in just three days. Presumably, the pine mulch has kept some of the moisture in and hopefully it will help the crown produce lots of delicious stalks over the coming months.

In the spirit of summer, I have also sown some cucumber and butternut squash. The latter are seeds taken from the squash I bought in Saint-Malo a couple of weeks ago. So, if they germinate and produce, my holiday will live on.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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12 Responses to The crowning glory

  1. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    I must go and check my rhubarb. The place where it is has become shaded by a tree and i really should have moved it. It was a lovely Spring day here. Not too hot. But did get rest of onions in and some carrot and parsnip seed.
    All about late, but it has been so cold we could not have really done it till now.

    • Helen says:

      Yes, you’ve got to go with the weather!

      My rhubarb would do better if it had more direct sunlight on it – but that is a plan in the making 😉.

      I’m glad it hasn’t been too hot for you.

  2. Much of our forest remains waterlogged – due to underground streams

  3. Linda Penney says:

    Lovely update Helen thank you for sharing some think eating my leaves of the rhubarb but the stalks are fine

  4. I bet the compost is going like the clappers! Enjoy the warm weather …

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