Unfortunately, this last week I’ve been unavoidably busy doing other, much less interesting stuff, so haven’t been able to get down to Plot 34.

So today was my first visit in exactly a week, and my how stuff had shot up out of the ground in my absence!'Peapple' Blossom

To the right here you can see the peapple tree in full blossom.  Never heard of a ‘peapple’?  Its when you don’t know quite what the tree is.  A pear, or an apple?  In a couple of months, we’ll find out!  ‘Til then, it’ll be both.

Then again, looking at the blossom in LEAF’s fruit orchard in comparison, it could even be a plum?

Okay.  A ‘peapplum’ it is then.

Nearby, all the onions we’ve planted are starting to show their heads.An onion, jumping for the sky.  As I recall, there are one variety of red that I planted with two varieties of white that Ian whacked in.

When I first officially signed my name up for this Plot, Diane bought me a ‘welcome!’ present of loads of different stuff, amongst it all some gladioli bulbs.  Within a few days of starting, I’d whacked the majority of them in, and today for the first time, I saw some of them coming through.Gladioli.

Here is one to the right.

I’d already put canes in the ground all around them so I didn’t inadvertently tread on them, and today I was proved right!

In the greenhouse itself where other signs of ‘awakening for spring’.  Ian had planted a tray of a few white cabbages a couple of weeks ago, and today I saw them for the first time.

White cabbage seedlings.In a couple of weeks time, we’ll plant another batch in the same manner.  Then a few weeks more, and do the same again.  This will mean that we have a regular supply of cabbages rather than a ‘glut’ where we eat nothing but cabbage for a month or two.  Still, I’m sure it would do wonders for our digestion and lower bowels, but probably not much if we wanted, say, close friends…

I also checked out the ‘Mixed Runner Beans’ that I’d got from the seed swap a few weeks ago from ‘Top Chef Matt’ of LEAF.One of Matt's 'mixed runner beans' starting off.

Ian had planted these a couple of weeks ago, and to the right you can see the first one making a showing.

We don’t know exactly which variety these beans will be (…hence the ‘mixed’ label…), but it’ll be great fun finding out!

And so, after my tour around, I started work.  And my task for today?  Yep, you guessed it.  More hedge cutting!

Today I was working on the opposite side to last week -the side nearest the gate.More hedge cutting!

I remember when I first borrowed the loppers from Diane all those weeks ago.  I immediately cut around the gate so it would actually open properly.

Well, here you can just see the edge of the gate about half way through today, and As you can see, I’d managed about six feet of it by lunchtime.

“Aaargh!  Don’t mess about!  Use Diane’s petrol hedge cutters on it!” Someone shouts.

I’d love to use her super-duper petrol cutters on this, but as some of the branches are a couple of inches in diameter, I think even they would baulk at cutting them.  Anyway, I’ve only just repaired them, thank you.  (…This was after the alleged ‘professional’ repair guys said they were beyond repair…)The view from the gate as I left today.

No, it was all by hand using Diane’s big loppers or the hedge cutters that Ian brought down.

To the right here is the view from the gate as I left tonight.  Note that there’s a massive tree in someone’s garden beyond this hedge, so its not quite as high as it may seem.  Still high enough, though.

Ian meanwhile has been taking my hedge cuttings and trimming them all down using an axe to make pea sticks to grow our peas up in just a few weeks time.  We should have absolutely loads spare, so of course the surplus will be offered to the rest of the site.

Last week's hedge on the other side.Just as we left for the afternoon, I turned my camera in the other direction to the hedge I’d finished last week.

And left with a smile on my face!

At the start of a couple of weeks ago, you couldn’t have seen anything beyond all the foliage; now you can see other plots, and back in the distance, houses.

Tomorrow, I have a little business to attend to, but it shouldn’t stop me coming down for about 10.00 to carry on.  Ian, meanwhile, has said he’s hoping for some rain tomorrow.  This will prevent locals from hanging their washing out, so he can light a fire and burn some of the cuttings and trimmings that are very quickly threatening to overwhelm us.

Anyway, we’re boys.  We should be allowed to light fires.  It’s in our genes.