Last week, we finished the last jar of 2021 radishes preserved South East Asian style. They were a big hit with the Mrs and myself although Joshua, an increasingly fussy eater, was not so impressed. But it is now almost February so it is time for the first planting of 2022. I am conscious that there may still be a stack of frosts to come, so the one line of radishes is covered with plastic cloches, wide enough for me to add a second protected line in a month’s time, the idea being to harvest throughout the year so we have enough both to eat fresh and to pickle.
Today, Joshua and I also planted the last of the fruit bushes which you can see in the right hand side of the photo below and I pruned back the raspberries from last year. There are now about seventy blueberry, raspberry, gooseberry, red currant,black currant and blackberry bushes which will all be covered by a large net before they start to fruit. This year, the birds will be frustrated.