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by Diane - August 31st, 2012.
Filed under: allotment.

Growing Claytonia from seed.
Claytonia seedlingsClaytonia is part of my winter plan this year. It said to plant in August so I’ve put some in pots a few days ago.
It’s starting to come up already! I am pleased!

The corn salad Vit I planted at the same time isn’t showing yet!

Claytonia is also known as Winter Purslane or Miner’s lettuce.

It’s in a cold frame – with slug pellets too. The weather has been awful this year!

I saw on the weather forecast last night that this summer has been the dullest for many years! It’s always interesting to hear the weather report look back over the summer and see what records have been broken this year.
This years June was the wettest for 100 years – and the other summer months were also real soakers. After the early drought warnings and hosepipe bans though it was probably needed though – that doesn’t help if you wanted to enjoy the sunshine.

This year has been a real trial on the allotment. The weather has kept many people away, but has encouraged both slugs and weeds to grow massively. Currently there are several very soggy areas on the site highlighting just how much rain we’ve had recently. It’s been good for the frogs though as several have been seen from this years baby ones to large older frogs!

It’s the last day of summer as I write this and my raspberries look like they’ve been affected by the cold and the greenhouse was 9’C last night. This is shockingly for August but fits in with the rest of the years weather.

Within an hour though the temperature soared as the clear sky allowed the sun to shine brightly!
But by the time I’d got round to take these photos it looks like rain once again!

Claytonia seeds from kings seeds