I managed to get a lot of work done today. First I prepared a bed with some of the manure that has been stacked up in my compost bin all winter. I spread this over the freshly dug soil then I prepared trenches for my First Early Potatoes.
I have planted, Pentland Javelin variety again, as I had very good success with these last year.
A very good friend Roy, another early allotmenteer, stopped by and asked if I had any room for a Rhubarb plant as he has a surplus. I took advantage of this kind offer and he came over with a massive plant on a huge root. (See the photograph above). I was able to chop this, quite cleanly, into four pieces with my sharp spade and I finished up with four Rhubarb plants. (See photograph below).
I thanked Roy very much for his kindness and he agreed it was fair payment for the forgotten Raspberry canes I had given him last year, I was then obliged to visit and see how well they were doing.
Such is the Allotment barter system in action and a good example of how some of my working time is spent, not so idly chatting.