The Allotment Wife


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Potato City

K and I spent most of the morning at the allotment, and what fun we had, hurrah! K planted the last of the eight raised beds with Charlotte potatoes, while I weeded and watered the rest of it.

It’s pleasing to note that the leeks and beans, along with the chrysanthemums are definitely looking taller, which is great news. K has also removed the polytunnel across part of one of the beds and put fleece across the whole of it instead. One side is nailed on but the other side is weighed down with stones so it makes watering less of a challenge …

We also took the opportunity of clearing out some of the weeds from the fruit section of the site, and that looks a lot neater now. There’s even a way through the line of gooseberry bushes which there wasn’t before – and this makes it a lot easier to get to the compost heap. Which is much fuller after today for sure. One thing I’ve learnt though – what with the thistles, I really ought to bring the heavy-duty gloves next time (ouch!). Mind you, I’ve now learnt how to dig down to the thistle root and grab than instead – no thorns there …

Oh and we remembered the slug pellets and scattered them around, and I killed three more slugs. I am indeed the Queen of Slug Doom.

However, K thinks we won’t really have anything ready for the upcoming Elstead Allotment Show in September which is a disappointment, but understandable. The plan is to support it this year, and have a go next year – with something, but goodness knows what!

Anne Brooke
Gay Reads UK
The Gathandrian Fantasy Trilogy

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Slug doom!

I weeded and watered the allotment on the way home today. All looking good, but I found two slugs. Two!! Shock, horror, indeed. They have now gone to the Great Slug Doom in the sky (hurrah), and I have made a mental note to take the slug pellets when we go at the weekend.

Under this glorious sunshine, the chrysanthemums are looking particularly fine, I think. I’ve also deadheaded the sunflowers, but there are more blooms to come there, so that’s cheery.

Allotment 1 Allotment 2 Chrysanthemum bed

Anyway, I introduced myself briefly to my allotment neighbour at Plot D3 – he, like me, is definitely praying for rain. On the way out, I looked at the noticeboard to see if there are any more details about the September show, but nothing there yet. The excitement is mounting, I can tell you.

Anne Brooke Books
Gay Reads UK
The Gathandrian Trilogy


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Brassica bed and the weed slaying cushion

A morning working on the allotment today. At first, I did some gentle weeding and watering while K got on with tidying the outskirts of the plot and pulling up the larger weeds. We then planted out the penultimate couple of beds – one with nasturtium seeds (Milkmaid – which is a climber/trailer) and one with brassicas, including kale, cabbage and cauliflower. Hence the need for a polytunnel.

Brassica bed 1 Brassica bed 2 Brassica bed 3

Notice the lovely Weed Slaying Cushion (AKA a very handy kneeler) that my lovely friend L got me for my 50th birthday – thank you, L! Much appreciated. I fully intend to beat the weeds to death with it at every opportunity.

Oh and for the first time ever I actually used a peg and twine method for planting the nasturtium seeds, which I’ve not done before. It’s great – so much easier than me guessing on the straightness of the line! Will definitely do that again.

Before heading home for lunch, I also managed to dig up and de-weed most of the area around the shed, though I think I got rather too carried away and my shoulder now hurts, hey ho. I’ve put a job-lot of Deep Heat on it and will be rather more sensible next time …

Anne Brooke Books
Gay Reads UK
The Gathandrian Fantasy Trilogy


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Sunflower Season

I love sunflowers, but they’re not doing so well in the garden at the moment. So I popped into Tesco on the way back from work and bought a couple on offer to plant in the allotment. I’ve put them in the asparagus bed which was there before the allotment became ours.

Sunflowers and asparagus Sunflowers

We’re told the asparagus is one of those plants which takes a couple of years to get going, so we’re going to leave it in and work out what to do with it next year. I do love asparagus though the season is so short, so I’m hoping it will be all right.

In other news, the Elstead Allotment Show is scheduled for Friday 5 September from 5pm onwards, though the public (ah, those eager crowds!…) are only allowed in from 6.30pm once the judging is done. Judging – yikes!

Anne Brooke Books
Gay Reads UK
The Gathandrian Fantasy Trilogy


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The world’s smallest lettuce

So it’s official. We’ve now been welcomed to Allotment World by the Allotment Committee – who call themselves the Allotment Police, though so far they’ve not been the least bit scary – quite the reverse in fact. Everyone’s been incredibly kind, so I hope they’ll keep smiling through all the newbie questions we’re bound to ask, and the things we don’t know yet.

What is scary though is the fact that, apparently, this September they are going to hold their first ever Allotment Society competition. Ooh-err, no pressure then!! I fear we will be very late to the fray in terms of preparation, so I’m planning to go for The World’s Smallest Lettuce. It’s the only thing we have a chance of being placed in, so far. Alas, I suspect it won’t be a category when the competition rules appear …

Anne Brooke Books
Gay Reads UK
The Gathandrian Fantasy Trilogy (gay-themed)


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Another day, another bed

Day 2 of our allotment ownership, and we’ve now planted up a couple more beds. In one, we have begonia and verbena, lettuce and beetroot. In the other we have more lettuce and an assortment of flowers K has grown from seed at home and which are now plug plants. These include a geum (Mrs Bradshaw – a glorious red that I love), angels’ fishing rods, and foxgloves, as well as one or two others.

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In other good news, the bed from yesterday appears to be intact, so the slug pellets are obviously working (sorry – no hope of organic gardening here – I’m a farmer’s daughter …!). Shame we forgot to bring the pellets today though, so hope everything we’ve planted survives. Other concerns are pigeons and mice, not to mention the lone rabbit which apparently lurks around every now and again and causes havoc. I feel netting might well be the way forward.

Anne Brooke Books
Gay Reads UK
The Gathandrian Fantasy Trilogy (gay-themed)