After Suffolk.

What a satisfying week!


The warmest days of the year (that’ll be 25 Celsius I’ll have you know!) spent in Suffolk. An evening in Aldeburgh, a morning on Dunwich Heath* seeing a mature black adder and hearing the booming of a bittern, an evening cruise up the rivers past Orford Ness (close to where a stray shell on a tank gunnery course broke a sea wall, allowed water to flood the land and a species of crustacean to thrive which in turn attracted avocets back to England. Oh and while on the return leg of the cruise seeing a marsh harrier, big barn door wings and stall-speed turns like a ghost above the banks.

A long traffic-delayed drive home, but a weekend planting our main crop (Desiree) potatoes and multitudes of seeds.

Panting potatoes is therapeutic, terrifying and startling all at the same time. Firstly it uses up so much ground that has been dug over, manured, weeded and scuffled in such a short space of time. It took ages to prepare but less than half a day to use up. In fact to get all eight rows in I had to dig another five spits of ground, but don’t tell anyone eh?

Which lefty me wondering whether there really will be enough room to plant on all of the seeds we have started – or are about to sow – in the greenhouse.

The cleared out strawberry bed, topped up with soil from the courgette beds has some lettuce seeds planted in the end of the row (the old packet seeds I planted under the cloche failed to germinate). We have put carrots in their containers (raised above ground to deter carrot root fly) and have pricked out cabbage (Kilaton and Greyhound) and cauliflower plants today.

Sweetcorn planted along with courgettes, parsnips and a range of flowers and herbs. This is the busy time of year now, watering and monitoring. The weather forecasters are predicting chances of overnight frost – so wish me luck.

*National Trust strikes again: Dunwich Heath is next to the RSPB reserve at Minsmere and the Dr Who-like architecture of the nuclear power station squats on the horizon.



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