This is the journal of my endeavours to grow a range of fruit, veg and flowers from seed, grow organically, and my attempts to create a personal paradise with 1/2 acre of maintained gardens and 1/2 acre wild meadows. Northern Ireland's average daily high temperatures are 18 °C (64 °F) in July and 6 °C (43 °F) in January. Soil type: Clay

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Veg (rhubarb, chard, etc)

On the veg & fruit front...

Rhubarb is ready for harvesting. Rhubarb crumble and ice cream goes down a treat!

Rhubarb tastes like a fruit, but is a veg?
Chard Bright Lights is on its second harvest after it died down over Winter & up again from early Spring, just like the pack said it would. The slugs seem to be nibbling on it.
(Mr Fothergill seed pack, £2.29, 150 seeds.)

The Redcurrant fruit is growing. I'm going to see about netting the plants to try and get more berries before the birds get to them.
The Maris Peer potatoes are growing and have been earthed up. The native cherry tree is showering the area with white flower petals, 'spring snow' as Elly has called it on her blog.
The 1st of May is International Sunflower Guerrilla Gardening Day! I think the idea is to plant sunflower seeds in neglected public spaces. Anyone taking part in guerilla gardening?

Photo taken Sept 2010.
Variety: Sunflower Giant Single (Hardy Annual), Mr Fothergill's, 75 seeds, £1.25 per pack.


  1. Pretty variety growing in your garden! You know I've been missing out on rhubarb all my life. I had it for the first time last year and was in hot pursuit of it at the farmer's markets for desserts! YUM!

  2. May 1st is "May Day", too, and Mother told me stories of secretly putting a May basket full of whatever flowers were in bloom on a friend's door knob for them to discover and wonder who put it there! She also told of doing a May pole dance at school, where all the girls wrapped colored ribbons around the pole.
    Good things happen in May.....what a nice time of year!
    Enjoy your rhubarb...not my favorite, as you know!

  3. I'm a fan of Chard, but it doesn't have a good press in the UK. I love the stalks braised with cheese sauce.

  4. Your vegs are looking great! And i love your sunflowers. I need to grow some. No guerilla gardening here. I have a time just planting things in my own garden!

  5. Such healthy looking plants. You have the gift.

  6. I love rhubarb crumble with custard! And redcurrants...are they in shade or full sun?

  7. All looking good. My chard got frosted in winter and didn't come back in spring, but I've got some more on the go now.

  8. Hi Mrs Bok, the redcurrants are in a sunny sheltered position. They were moved this year to a West facing wall but will get sun for a good part of the day.