However, after saving the willow whips for planting to shade my greenhouse I realised that maintenance of a willow hedge might just be too much effort. Instead I decided to bang in a couple of posts I had lying around so I will be able to support the Jerusalem Artichokes when they grow tall. I also banged in, using the thumper borrowed from the Trading Hut, a couple of 8 foot posts to support the loganberry that I pruned back. However, when my neighbour from the plot behind made the suggestion we put a gate in I realised one post was now in the wrong place.
It took several days for me to gather everything together to extract it as it was over two feet into the ground. Eventually I levered it out at the second attempt using a block of wood screwed to the post and my scaffold pole/post hole borer and a stack of slabs, bricks and wooden slabs. It was so deep and firmly stuck that the first time the screws securing the block to the post just ripped out!
I'll be able to re-position the post once I've cleared the junk behind the shed on the other side of the loganberry!
Using some rope I had left over from another job, I have straightened up one of my brassica cages using the rope as a diagonal straining wire to pull it back upright. The constant gales over the winter had pushed it over, giving it a crazy lean. At least now the support arches are in a vertical plane.
Down by the gate I have planted my Spring shallot and onion sets. The Autumn ones are doing well but, as I suffered from them going to seed last year, I am hedging my bets with a couple of rows of Sturon white onion sets, 3 rows of Red Baron red onion sets and two rows of Golden Gourmet shallots. At home we are still eating the 2018 crop of shallots, which is good as last year's crop will not get us through to next harvest.
Harvesting to take home was some small Brussels, some purple sprouting, a leek and two huge parsnips that had intertwined!
P.S. I was frustrated when the next day I visited the tip to dispose of some un-compostable garden waste, only to see a dozen stalks of huge Brussels in the skip. If I could be sure that they were wholesome and not sprayed with chemicals I would have gathered some up to take home instead of my puny crop!