The Allotment Wife


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Planting for spring

A quick trip to the allotment today as we’re rather pushed for time. Managed to weed the beds and cut some of the grass (by shears – well done to Husband!). I’ve taken out the marigolds which were virtually over and have planted sweet williams instead – which I hope will produce more cut flowers for the house next year.

There were also a couple of foxgloves in bloom and I took some of the verbena and a coreopsis (as least I think that’s what it is … for this week’s cut flowers. Meanwhile, the nasturtiums are going mad and look amazing, as do the begonia. And we’ve harvested one pea pod (gosh!), some winter lettuce and also the oddest looking carrot you’ll ever see. Shame it wasn’t ready for the Allotment Show earlier on as I’m sure it would have romped home! And the Brussels sprouts are growing ever more abundant, hurrah.

Begonia Brussels Sprouts Flowers from the allotment 1 Flowers from the allotment 2 Foxgloves 1 Harvest Nasturtiums Sweet Williams

Anne Brooke Books
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The Gathandrian Fantasy Trilogy

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Autumn harvest

A stint of weeding at the allotment today, and a good lot of harvest too. We took home foxgloves and penstemon for cut flowers, and beetroot, spinach, carrots and winter salads for eating during the week. It’s amazing that since cutting down some of the spinach last week, we now have fresh new leaves, hurrah.

Plus I have pruned the asparagus bed so it now looks pretty bare apart from the end of the stems nestling in the soil. Oh, and there are small Brussels sprouts starting their life journey on our brassicas, goodness me!

19 Oct Asparagus pruned 19 Oct beetroot 19 Oct Brassicas 19 Oct carrots 19 Oct Foxgloves 19 Oct harvest 19 Oct lettuce 19 Oct Nasturtiums 19 Oct Spinach 19 Oct verbena 19 Oct winter salads

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The Gathandrian Fantasy Trilogy
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All quiet on the Allotment Front

A quick trip to the allotment today – I didn’t want to do too much as I’ve not been well this week. So I did a bit of weeding – thank goodness for hoes! – and deadheaded the marigolds. No real harvest this time though K did cut a bit of the spinach/celery mix just for good measure. It’s really all quietening down for winter. Even the foxgloves and penstemon have wisely kept their blooms inside due to the weather.

And no need to water anything – we’re more likely to want to bail water out at the moment!

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Harvest and preparing for spring

At the allotment today planting spring bulbs for cutting flowers next year. It just saves having to take them out of the garden where they look so pretty – so we’ve decided to give over a couple of allotment beds to the cut flowers concept. We’ve planted 40 daffodils in the begonia and verbena bed, and also another set of daffodils in a spare corner elsewhere, plus alliums and also some garlic cloves. Well, it keeps the evil nibblers at bay, so they tell us!

Also did a good weed and tidy up while we were there – as well as having the pleasure of finally actually meeting Jackie, the lady whose plot we’re taking over. It was great to chat and also to find out that she might be leaving some of her glorious soft fruit bushes when she goes at the end of the year, so that would be wonderful, as we’re very keen on the soft fruit possibilities.

Plus we’ve harvested leeks, beetroot, carrots and one pea pod(!), so that should keep us going for a few days, hurrah. Strangely, however, we have a few cauliflowers in the brassica bed, but they really shouldn’t be there till spring! Suspect we’ll have to take them out and throw them away as I don’t think they look too tasty … Finally, the nasturtiums are doing very well indeed, as you can see in the pics – and there’s yet another foxglove or two, and even a penstemon, which I’ve picked for the vase at home.

Begonia Foxgloves Harvest Nasturtiums

Anne Brooke Books
The Gathandrian Trilogy
Gay Reads UK