I remember last weekend and the TV weather presenters forecasting doom and gloom.  ‘Rain, rain, rain…’  They said.

Well, not this week!Sweetcorn, heading for the sky.

Yes, we’ve had ‘Spits & Spots’ (…to quote a famous weather presenter…), but nothing that amounted to very much, and certainly wouldn’t put us ‘back on track’ rain-wise.

Here you can see our topmost bed of sweetcorn, and if you look at the ground its growing in, as the title suggests: Dry as a bone.  Luckily, sweetcorn has a massive root system, well able to penetrate deep down to where the ground is a least slightly damp.  Oh, and you can’t miss the red gate to the top right of this photo.  Yes, its actually red and the camera didn’t burp as it took the shot.  Amazing.

I arrived a little late today, but almost as soon as I arrived, it was decided that today would be a day of planting.  We love days like these!

Brassicas in and watered.Here you can see the bed myself, David and Andrew planted up with cauliflowers, and as Andrew whacks a metal stake deep into the ground to later pop the white plastic tube into -much as Ian and myself did with the cabbage bed next to it, you’ll see the pools of water around many of the young plants.

This is because when you plant brassicas, you have to really pack down the earth around them.  They can grow so tall that unless you really firm them in, there’s a danger they’ll topple over as they start to put on height.  Well, because this water is so pooled, it means we did our job well!  Its so compacted, the water finds it difficult to drain into the soil.  In total, we planted 10 ‘Violet Queen’ and 6 ‘Igloo’.

Brassicas safely netted up.To the right here, you can see Diane and Matt with the netting just about secure from those greedy pigeons.  Matt is just putting a longish piece of wood at the end, rolled into the netting.  You can also see the three bricks down the right hand side and there are three corresponding bricks down the other side.  If the pigeons want to get through here, they’ll need to have been on steroids to lift those bricks!

Also on the bottom plot, David and Andrew planted more of the leeks, and here they are in all their glory after planting and watering in.Leeks in.

You’ll notice that they seem to have been planted very deep -in holes in fact.  This wasn’t by mistake!  Leeks have to be planted deep in these holes to encourage the stems to grow white, and the soil is kept away to stop them rotting.  In a few months, you’ll see as we’ll hopefully have quite a few beds of these scattered around The Plots, and you’ll see what I mean.

Elsewhere, and the miniature sunflowers are just starting to flower.Miniature sunflowers.

They really are quite tiny, and I’ve certainly never seen any so small.  Sunflowers for dolls!

Around them you can just see the purple lettuce Ian, Simon and I planted.  Its funny, but when we planted these, we made sure that we planted two different types in a red-green-red pattern, but seemingly overnight, they all turned red.  Bizarre!

Meanwhile, some of our Plot Kids were having a whale of a time with three bottomless blue barrels that Les had very kindly donated to our project.

Its funny, but Diane spent hours planning and preparing fun activities for The Kids this week, but all they wanted to do was play in these!Plot Kids having fun.

From left to right here we have Little Lisa, Chloe and Kyle.  Maybe I’m showing my age here, but I seem to remember ‘Bill & Ben The Flowerpot Men’ having something similar, but instead of these neat-oh barrels, weren’t they flowerpots?

Later on, just before I left, they were playing by one of the many mounds of woodchip we have scattered about The Plots -laying them on their side and rolling down in them, and I just couldn’t help but give them the odd push.  “More! More!” They cried, but unfortunately, I had to go.

Little Mitzi was around, but obviously had ‘Cat Business’ to attend to, because she didn’t come for food even when I called her.  Obviously, very busy with other things!

As I left this evening, even though we didn’t light a ‘Big Fire’, Andrew had made a mini-fire ‘Rocket Stove’ using different sized tin cans, and had successfully made pasta!  I’ll be sure to get a photo or two of it next time I’m down.

To see all my photos from today, simply click HERE to view them on Flickr.

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