The postman delivered some seeds to me today, or rather some seeds and some tiny tubers.
Kale ‘Red Russian’, Kale ‘Nero de Toscana’ and Cyperus esculentus (aka Chufa / Tigernut).
I was slightly taken aback by how tiny the tigernut tubers were. I knew they weren’t going to be big, but my goodness, I’ll need very good crops for it to be worth it :/ They are supposed to be very nutritious though and tick the primal box with an A*. (They are not nuts but tubers). I just hope they take to pots as I have nowhere for root crops now. (Haven’t even planted any Jerusalem Artichokes this year). I shall put the tubers to soak for 36 hours before planting (this method has proven successful for others).
I do hope the kales are a success as we are going through loads of the stuff. They will have to muddle on in my mixed west facing border. I shall place the ‘Nero de Toscana’ down the sunniest end and Red Russian in the shadier end, nearer the house (which casts a shadow).
This afternoon we popped to a local garden centre (Haskins) where I bought a young angelica replacement and two small thyme plants. Namely, ‘Common Thyme’ and ‘Doone Valley’. I hope these fare better than my previous thymes. I think maybe I need to use them more often – it might help stop them from going so woody.
Later on, in Wilkinsons, I spotted a reduced rhubarb plant (£2 from £4.50). I can’t see anything wrong with it. No leaves as yet, but I can see they are coming. It’s called ‘Raspberry Champagne’. It’s my third rhubarb plant, the others being ‘Victoria’ and ‘Timperley Early’. I like rhubarb not only for it’s edible stalks but also for it’s looks. I’ll pop it in the new forest garden extension.
On Friday we went to an HE group, as we did the week before. This is quite a novelty for us as, with our severe nut and peanut allergies, groups have been out of the question. However, this group has a blanket no nuts or peanuts rule. Such peace of mind! The girls really enjoy it. There is always something cleverly crafty to do, plus kickboxing! I love it that they do anything from the delicate art of decoupage to kickboxing in one afternoon :) There are other unstructured activities to choose from too. H spent most of the last session kicking a football around with a mixed age group. It’s wonderful how HE kids accomodate one another. Not something seen very often in school children. Well, not in my experience anyway.
Spurred on by the nut free group I have started organising fortnightly nut free play meet-ups. Always outside and informal – the kids soon find fun things to do with minimal or no lead from the adults. Den building and getting wet seem to be firm favourites.