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Fifteen allotment food parcels delivered so far and more to go. Amazing how much harvest can come off the allotment in March and April, traditionally the hungry gap.

Nothing in the parcels has been planted this year, that is all to come, seeds are in and beginning to emerge. All the harvest is from perennial herbs, or spinach and chard and kale that I have left to overwinter and has continued to produce new leaves. And of course the rhubarb comes up year on year.

More perennial plants will be needed as the climate changes, plants that work together with other plants in layers, forest gardens that look after themselves and give a continuing crop.

I saw my first two ladybirds today. And a Small Blue butterfly, and a Brimstone.