This is my first allotment update of the year. Please don’t judge it by its looks as it’s early days. My overwintering food – perennial kales, leeks and perennial leeks – are providing me with lots of food and though I want to preserve the perennial kales (in place) the leeks I want to lift so I can grow new things in the space, most probably peas or broad beans. Some of the leeks I am going to leave where they are even though they will go to seed in, probably, May. I want to save seed and also collect the “king pods” which form at the base of bolting leeks.
The Elephant Garlic is doing well and so are the perennial leeks. The perennial leeks (Poireau Perpetuel) are naturally small and divide quickly like chives. As they don’t get big I should not have planted them so far apart but I felt that if I did space them widely I might get the odd large one. Over the next couple of years, though, I expect them to fill in the gaps with baby leeks. Poireau Perpetuel divides vegetatively instead of by seed.
I have been waiting for the Nine Star Broccoli to form curds but it is too early (I think it was May or June last year). Nine Star Broccoli is a perennial version of broccoli so if I make sure i get every head it will last more than two years. While I wait for the nine stars, the wild cabbage (now into its second year) is obliging me with nice sweet broccolis. They are only small but satisfying.
I have also been cutting my perennial kales. One I havent talked much about is Ehwiger Kohl which is the German version of Daubenton. There is not much difference except the leaves are a little more yellowy green and I think (I may be wrong) that it is a little more prostrate and spreading than Daubenton. The more I look at Taunton Deane the more I am convinced it is the American Purple Tree Collard. It grows above my head, has purpley blue leaves and never flowers. It also has a sweet taste raw. Anyway until I manage to inveigle my way into obtaining said collard I have no real way of telling.
Anyway that’s all for now. Cheers…
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