Sun 8 Aug

Grubbed up broad beans and peas from bed B. Both have been a disappointment this year: the beans were late and yield much, they were at their best while we were on holiday (normally they’re pretty much done by then); the peas dried up while we were away. Sowed white clover as a green manure.

Sowed lettuce (tom thumb) and spring onions in the square at the other end of bed B where some French beans failed to grow. Also sowed Chinese broccoli and Indian mustard in bed C where the aubergine and pumpkin are doing nothing.

French beans are in full flow, got 2 or 3lbs of them, Also harvested some potatoes (Anya), onions, a turnip, and a large courgette.

Wed 28 July

Back from holiday, Jules, Jm & Kt went to check on allotment.

Harvested 1 bag of broad beans (grubbed up plants). a couple of large courgettes (just short of marrow-sized) and some smaller ones, a bag of spinach, a couple of plants-worth of potatoes (anya), half dozen small artichokes, one lettuce (others had bolted), spring onion, turnips, beetroot, 2kg redcurrants, some raspberries, strawberries and a blackberry.

The peas have dried up and died while we were away, but overall, apparently, the plot loots OK.

Mon 5 July

Jules went down to harvest stuff before we go on holiday. She got:
A carrier bag of lettuce
Some spring onions
A bunch of beetroot
Some peas
Some broad beans
A decent amount of rasps and strawberries
A couple of pounds of black currants
Artichokes (the plant has blown over)
A couple of garlic bulbs (again, they had blown over.
Anya potatoes, now ready.

We had an evening meal where pretty much everything had been in the ground that morning.

Sat 29 May

Bed E: Only 2 red cabbage and no sign of white cabbage; sure there was more last time–I blame pigeons. SO grubbed up where white cabbage should have been and sowed more red. Some purple sprouting broccoli and calabrese broccoli showing, should be enough. Catch crops of radish and spring onions looking good.¬† Hoed thoroughly and netted to keep pigeons off.

Beds G & H, Nicola showing; hoed/earthed up.

Plot D: sowed parsnips between turnips and carrots.

Bed C: looks like sweet corn has failed, was a long shot anyway. Rearranged glass so that the courgette Jules sowed are protected.

Sunday 9 May 2010

Soil quite dry. Frost/snow(!) predicted

Maja from Maja's kleine garten

Maja from Maja's kleine Garten?

Planted in bed E: two rows of broccoli (calabrese) with spring onion catch crop in between, and two rows of purple sprouting broccoli with radishes as catch crop.

In bed B: one row butter crunch lettuce  between peas.

Also dug compost trench for beans in bed B: buried grass cuttings and compost about 18in deep.

Few small potato leaves showing (anya), earthed up to cover them.

Pruned dead bramble and tied rest up.

Harvested rhubarb.