Sun 29 Aug

Mostly tidied up. Picked some beans, the beans for eating as pods are nearly over, but the ying-yang and barlotti are beginning to come. Also got a couple more courgettes, some carvolo nero, broccoli, a decent but small head of red cabbage, and some blackberries. Sweetcorn has cobs on it, with luck and a good September these will ripen,

Wednesday 17th August

The kids and I spent a couple of hours tidying up and harvesting.

Got two bags full of beans, the last mega-turnip, beetroot, artichokes, some cavolo nero leaves, two large and one medium-sized marrows, a courgette and three onions.  Also harvested some unexpected broccoli, the last three garlic heads and one and a half of plants’ worth of potatoes (the ones that aren’t Anya!)  Cut the tops of one row of the spuds but ran out of time to do the rest.

Red cabbage is looking good – some decent heads forming.  Ditto the celeriac.

Brought home some poppy heads to scatter the seeds in the garden here to add some colour for next year.

Sun 1 Aug

My fist trip to the allotment since coming back from hols. Quite overgrown but not as bad as last year.

Mostly weeded, but also harvested some beetroot, parsnips (which needed thinning) and a courgette and a few assorted French beans.

Brassicas (bed E) look good, those are the red cabbage in the front, behind them the broccoli and at the back the purple sprouting broccoli.

Root crops (bed D) also look good. The parsnips at the front are getting a bit crowded. Beetroot and turnip are ready. The carrots are under the fleece, with carvolo nero and celeriac behind.

Onions (bed A)look OK, but were getting over grown with weeds. The onions grown from sets are ready, so I broke their necks.

The courgette is OK, sweet corn may fruit if we have a long summer like last year but pumpkin and aubergine look very doubtful.

Potatoes are fine, anya are done. But the tares sown as green manure on bed I got swamped by fat hen (which I strimmed, probably came from the compost, I suppose it’s a green manure of sorts).

There’s also a pretty looking plant next to the shed, which we certainly didn’t put there.

Sun 27 June

Watered; little rain this month and soil was very dry.

Weeded beds D and E.

Planted 6 cavolo nero (Kale) between carrots and celeriac.

Dug couch grass roots out of front of bed I, and covered in compost as mulch. Sowed tares as green manure.

Dug up first two potato plants, one nicola one anya; got a few baby-new but not really ready yet

Beds I and J, mostly fallow except the artichoke and young currant plant

Rhubarb, blackberry and raspberries

Beds E and D, Brassicas

Jm and Kt watering the potatoes, June 2010

Jm and Kt watering the potatoes, June 2010