Ok, pardon for the first snowy picture - yup I awoke to snow and gale force winds today (bit of a shock) - hence the snow splattered against the windows upstairs today!
OH, how I've missed the wind my living room is upstairs and this is the snow/hail was thrown at the windows this far up!! The weather didn't interfere much with my the plans for the day. Just meant a very cold (snow in the face, can't quite stand up in the wind out there, whilst feeding the hens) start to the day.
NO biggie just more clothes (think micheln man) and rocks in the pockets.Anyway, having been obsesing about fish boxes and local food I finally had a blow to the head, I think the more 'wordy' among us call them an epiphany.
I'll explain.............I've been thinking and rabbiting about eating local food and obsessing about our climate - then whiffling on about fish boxes on the beach. UM, hello!!! Fish boxes are so handy! I've just whiffled on about that and you can grow food in them - hmm. Local food also requires thought as to what on earth you can grow at this time of year. Looking 'oot [out] there' - with not alot growing, we weren't going to grow much just yet. The only thing even popping this head up in my garden right now is my Rhubarb (Rheum rhubarbarum) and that aint giving me a crumble anytime soon. Look at it - whilst it's up; its asleep!! I wonder if there might be a way of growing it more quickly?......
I asked at our local greengrocer/ironmonger/health food store – unfortunately no one locally produces an early crop. I did get a quizzical look from the lady in the shop. ‘Have you nane (none) in yer gairden [your garden]’. I do, I replied – but it’s not up yet. ‘It’s too cauld yet, ye’ll hae tae wait on by a peedie blink tae hae yer rhubarb crumble lass’ [You’ll have to wait a short while yet to have your crumble girl!]. Um no, maybe I can do it now, therefore - I decided to think about how I can do it on my own, at home, earlier. In my local garden evening class the variety 'Timperley Early ' was suggested by the local garden guru chap as being the best variety for early growing, often used for forcing. Oh look, I found a bit of it locally......
We can't force rhubarb here with normal pots they would blow away in my garden. Bingo I've had an idea.......! I have found the very same growing rhubarb crowns in the local shop. Look they are trying to get out of the bags.
I have fish boxes and I have a dark shed like the ones in Yorkshire where they force rhubarb. Good lord I feel like an idiot! The solution to early fruit in my climate depends upon thinking in the box, a fish box to be precise.
I bought the rhubarb, I found a fish box found the compost in the shed and brought them alltogether. Big box, dark room, early rhubarb crown - woo hoo- local early fruit - I'm expecting my first crop soon - with the help of my shed and a fish box. By which time the outdoor garden stuff will be fruitng. One for local food and adventures in fish boxes!
I'm hoping it may be a beginning of a local food being helped by adventures in fish boxes! Don't worry I will let it out for good behaviour later in the year.