Rhubarb At The Castle

8 May

Rhubarb in pen and graphite

Too warm for me today, temperature around 21 Celsius, so Husb and I didn’t get down to the allotment until about 4pm, when it was staring to cool off a bit and I could do a load of digging without flaking out. Our allotment is on a site sandwiched between two woodland glades and right behind the 12th century Oystermouth Castle in Mumbles. It’s an idyllic setting but the soil is poor, a heavy clay and very hard to cultivate. But it’s good exercise and we generally harvest a good crop of fruits. Most veg need a lighter soil so we’ve built some raised beds and we’ve had moderate success with leeks, chard, rocket, potatoes, runner beans and broad beans. I’m trying out some beetroot and peas this year. Brassicas are a non-starter; as well as the poor soil, everything eats them.

oystermouth castle

Oystermouth Castle at twilight


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6 Responses to “Rhubarb At The Castle”

  1. Phil Cooper May 9, 2016 at 17:32 #

    Wow, you must have the best view from your allotment in the world! Beautiful drawing , I love the different marks, and the twisting lines 😊

    • Rosie Scribblah May 9, 2016 at 23:45 #

      Thanks Phil. It is an idyllic place, despite the rubbish soil πŸ˜€

  2. Jac Saorsa May 9, 2016 at 08:03 #

    Never too warm!! Was so good to feel the sun in Cardiff! Thanks Rosie for liking my recent posts.

    • Rosie Scribblah May 9, 2016 at 09:07 #

      You’re welcome πŸ™‚ My favourite place is Iceland, nice and chilly. I’m already suffering today …..

  3. Leonie Andrews May 8, 2016 at 23:03 #

    If you are starting new beds plant your potatoes first, they are excellent at breaking up clay soil. Sympathy about the brassicas the cabbage white butterflies eat them here, but then i feed their caterpillars to my chooks. Ha!

    • Rosie Scribblah May 9, 2016 at 00:39 #

      The pigeons, the squirrels, the butterflies …… 😁

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