The polytunnel is possibly at it's most desolate at the moment.
It's been a sadly neglected place over the last few months, especially so this last couple of weeks while I have been so off colour with this dreadful cold/flu like bug that I have had.
It needs a good tidy, a sort out of the stacks of plant pots and trays on the work bench which appear to be home to a myriad of spiders and little critters that have over-wintered in some style, and it also needs a wash down of the polythene on the right hand side to get rid of the build up of green stuff that will block the sunshine .... when we finally get some. Once this is done it should feel brighter and fresher again.
But saying all that, there is still some food to be had, although at the moment I think we are sharing it with a little nocturnal visitor. This Kale that I relocated the other week and have been picking some from regularly for my morning Nutriblasts was also picked from by a little creature overnight for the last two nights. I guess it's the 'hungry gap' for everyone not just us, so I'm not overly concerned,
The next bed along has the last of the Leeks, three more that will make another tasty Leek and Potato soup for lunches this weekend when Alan is home. The thing in the bottomless brown plant pot is a Celery plant that sprouted up of it's own accord ... I must have accidently dropped a seed.
The other Celery's were in this bed last year, and these are two that I harvested a couple of months ago that have since started to regrow. Celery is one of the many plants that will regenerate from the root system if you harvest above grown level and leave the roots undisturbed.
To the left of the celery is the Kohl Rabi plants (also nibbled by our little visitor),and to the left of them the Spinach that has over-wintered pretty well.
The centre end bed is the one with the most to eat at the moment. Furthest away and nearest to the far doors, are some Swiss Chard plants, then a few remaining Beetroot, then a line of Mixed Leaves which have done really well considering the frosts we have had over the past few weeks, and then closest to us some Spring Onions.
The blue hoops are there ready to hold a layer of fleece whenever the temperature drops to below freezing.
So although there is lots to do to get growing again for this year, there are things still to eat in the polytunnel and lots of the crops that originally came from the polytunnel are still being eaten from the freezer so I think we are doing quite well, and the 'hungry gap' for the first time is going to be quite a bit shorter ... even if we are sharing the last of the food with our little mice-y friends.