One job I did get done was the re-potting of the Mint. Not exciting, but very necessary. I grow my Mint in pots because it is very invasive and will spread all over the garden, given half a chance. Each year I discard about nine tenths of the Mint and re-pot just a few pieces into fresh compost. It re-grows very rapidly and will soon expand to fill the pots it has been given. This is what one of last year's pots looked like a couple of weeks ago, with a mass of tiny green shoots thrusting up through the tangle of old dried stems.
Today I simply used an old kitchen knife to chop out four sections of Mint plant, each with lots of big pale roots and a few green shoot, and then buried them into some 12" pots full of new compost, with just the tips of the shoots showing above ground level.
I also had a close look at the Rhubarb (willing it to grow a bit quicker!). Despite the fact that I have covered the two older plants with large cloches, they are still growing painfully slowly. I suppose you have to sympathise really - they are probably using most of their energy just surviving in this bitter cold.
This photo shows quite well how the new leaves burst out of their "sleeves" soon after reaching the surface of the soil. At this stage they are very tightly furled.
Then they begin to unfurl. This is just like an ultra-slow-motion version of what happens when you screw up a piece of tissue paper into a ball, and then let it go!
I've had a bit of fun with this next one, which is actually another photo of the same leaf as in the previous photo. Don't you think it looks like a brain? (Not that I have ever seen a real brain, of course...)
Over the weekend I also harvested all but two of my remaining Curly Endives. They were looking very jaded, and I was only able to use just a few of the tiny inner leaves of each one. The outer leaves were mostly brown at the edges and looked distinctly tough and unappetising.
The final two Endives are under cloches and I'm hoping they might be a bit better - hopefully they will be a bit more tender, since they have not had to constantly brace themselves against the wind!
Normally at this time of year I would be sowing lots of salad seeds, but so far all I have done is sow one paltry tray of Baby Leaf lettuce in an unheated propagator in the garage.