Sun 22 Sep

Harvested beans (pulled up the runner beans), potatoes (about half now up), leeks (the first mature ones) a few carrots, broccoli, some sweetcorn, turnips, courgette & marrows.

Grass needs strimming, otherwise looking good.

 

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Aug/Sep

Mostly we have been harvesting. Loads of beans, some really nice broccoli, chard, couregttes/marrows, red cabbage, and latterly sweetcorn, as well as the usual potatoes, turnips, beetroot.

 

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Sun 4 Aug

lettuce, pak choi, french beans, broad beans,  chard, spinnach, red currants, black currants, garlic, carrots, baby leeks, turnips, courgettes.

The day’s harvest, 4 Aug 2013

Todays harvest was lettuce, pak choi (from our neighbour), french beans, broad beans, chard, spinnach, red currants (4lb), black currants, garlic, carrots, baby leeks (thinnings), turnips, courgettes. (Not shown: some wonderful raspberries and strawberries that didn’t make it home.)

Also cut the grass, did a fair amount of weeding. The garlic s now all up, as are the over-wintered broad beans and the spinach (which went to seed before we got much from it).

Courgette, squash and sweetcorn

Bed I, courgette, squash and sweetcorn

Quite happy with how things are going this year. The courgette squash and sweetcorn in all look good, and the french beans are now beginning, though the dwarf beans are a little too little.

Beans

Bed C, French beans

 

Sun 21 July.

First visit after about 3 weeks due to holiday, during which time there has been lots of sun and not much rain. We weren’t expecting good things, but were very pleasantly surprised. For one thing, looks like a friendly neighbour had been doing some watering for us. Thanks! We did lots more today.

Pretty much everything looks good. Potatoes are healthy and flowering.

Most of the beans are looking OK (though the dwarf beans haven’t really got going), and the lettuce is ready.

The garlick is ready, the leeks OK (thinned out the musselburgh that we started on windowsill, the last lot sowed direct into the ground failed), radishes were ready a week or two back, but still (just) OK, the spinach is heading to seed but still (just) OK, chard, turnips and beetroot looking good.

The brassica and parsnips are looking good, but needed weeding.

Berries and currants looking good, though we should have tied up the raspberries as some of them have keeled over. Sweetcorn, squashes and first lot of carrots all good (but later sowing of carrot have failed)

Brought home loads of lovely red currants (4.5lb!), strawberries and raspberries. Lots of broadbeans, a courgette on its way to being a marrow, baby leeks and small carrots (thinnings), and giant radishes, some garlick, and a couple of lettuces.

Big difference to last year.

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June 2013

Planted out all the brassica we had sown indoors, in bed E. Also planted out courgettes, squashes and sweetcorn in bed I. Were given sprout plants which we also planted. Of all the brassicas the red cabbage which were planted direct in April are looking the strongest

Were given some lettuce plants which we planted under bean wigwams.

Sowed Musselburgh leeks direct into ground next to other leeks in bed D. Also sowed radishes, spinach, chard, beetroot and turnips to fill bed.

Caged the fruit. Which are looking rather good.

Thinned out the carrots and sowed a second tub of Nantes 2.  These are planted in some sandy soil I got from the excavations to bury a power line through the car park, with some leaf mould at the bottom, and mixed with ashes.

Earthed up potatoes and weeded. Bought a strimmer, so now (after a few frustrating false starts) the allotment is a bit more photogenic.

Currants coming along nicely

Currants coming along nicely

The fruit side

The fruit side

The veg side

The veg side

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Sunday 23 Jun

No, not the first time back since the ‘reset’ post a month ago, but sadly not far off. The weather’s been ‘orrible.

Anyway, the plot was massively over grown, so did a lot of weed-pulling and grass chopping. The sweetcorn in bed B has pretty much all failed and no sign of any drawf beans in bed E. The climbing and runner beans are OK but not great. Broad beans are just flowering but not too impressive. A smattering of beetroot and parsnips in bed D, no perp. spinach. Leeks are holding on, potatoes are OK. Some donated cabbage plants we put in bed A are looking good.

Harvested some mouse-nibbled radish from between bean rows, and some really good looking rhubarb.

Planted sunflowers by the shed which have been struggling in pots at home. Planted squash and courgette plants in Bed B, a mix of bought from Henri’s and grown from seed in pots. Sowed more beetroot and a couple of rows of turnips in bed D. Sowed loads of lettuce and rocket between beans.

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 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.

This week I have mostly been eating ….

…turnips.

Turnip and butter beans (based on this) but with butter beans not kidney beans and added tomato. Very nice.

Turnip chips. Just like ordinary chips, but not nice.

Turnipslaw. Like coleslaw but with turnip. Basically shredded turnip (Julienned using my mandolin) with mayonnaise and Greek yoghurt. Added walnuts, sultanas, peanuts, for texture and flavour. Seasoned with salt pepper cider vinegar and a few cumin seeds.

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.