The Allotment Wife


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Unexpected tulips and allotment peace

Didn’t spend that long on the allotment today as there’s not a great deal to do at the moment. K and I cleared out the odd weed here and there, and I hoed over the soft fruit area as best I could. Today’s harvest was more of that glorious winter lettuce – which lasted all week from last Sunday when I picked some before and was as crisp as the end as it was at the beginning. Thank goodness for air-tight containers, eh! And we’ve also harvested the last of the carrots. Honestly, since growing carrots on the allotment, it’s the only time I’ve really enjoyed them, I can tell you – the joy of growing veggies for oneself, I think.

Unexpected news however – one of two of the tulips I planted a couple of weeks ago have started showing their shoots, oo-err, missus! I suspect they’re in for a shock once the winter really sets in but, as K says, they’re fairly hardy so should be okay. Heck, at least I know I’ve not killed them, yet …

I’ve also cut down the last of the coreopsis – not sure if it comes back next year or not, so have left it in for now. You never know. And I’ve also removed the last of the foxglove flowers as they’re really not going to do anything now. Hopefully they’ll give us a spring display however. Oh, and K cut a couple of blackcurrant stems and has now planted them in the veggie patch at home, hurrah.

The other great joy of the allotment is, I’ve found, simply being there and pottering around. It’s just so relaxing, and I don’t really have a great deal of opportunity to have any relaxing moments elsewhere, so I am seriously appreciating it.

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Clearing Out the Plot Part 2

Back to the allotment today to clear out the rest of the fruit bush area, as far as is possible. I know it might not look much, but it’s better than how it was when I began – honest! Towards the end, I gave up with the hoe and started pulling great clumps of grass out with my bare hands. Nothing like getting in touch with Mother Earth, for sure!…

Fruit bushes 22 Nov

K also pruned the blackcurrants to get rid of some of the old wood. We’re not entirely sure what to do with the autumn raspberries though – if indeed they are the autumn variety – but we think they need pruning once the leaves have fallen. Further research here might be in order.

Meanwhile, the Brussels sprouts are coming on a treat – I do love Brussels sprouts so can’t wait for them to be ready! – and the winter lettuce is going great guns. Today’s harvest was that glorious lettuce and some beetroot and carrots.

Brussels Sprouts 22 Nov

In other news, we’ve measured up for new beds, and reckon we can get another one in near the shed, plus redo the one that’s already there next to the shed but which isn’t currently fit for use. When that’s done, we hope to squeeze in a greenhouse as well as I’d love to get tomatoes, chillies and maybe even a melon or two onto the produce list – but we’ll have to see. All great fun for sure!

Winter lettuce 22 Nov

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Gay Reads UK
The Gathandrian Fantasy Trilogy


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The Whole Allotment and Nothing but The Allotment!

Great news today! The other half of the allotment is ours as of this weekend, so we are hugely excited! This means that, as well as having the raised beds, we now also have a shed, space for another raised bed (and perhaps also a greenhouse depending on what the Allotment Committee might think), and a glorious display of fruit bushes.

In the fruit area, there are at the moment a lot of raspberries, some currants and also rhubarb, so that’s wonderful. Plus there’s space to add more fruit once we decide what we like. Today we were there for a couple of hours or so – in the unexpected sunshine too! I did the hoeing and also cleared out about a quarter of the fruit bush area, while K put new windows in the shed as both of them were broken. We’ll need to add more insulation to the shed too, and get a couple of chairs and maybe a small table where we can sit and survey the land, so the winter is going to be hard work but lots of fun, I can see.

No more foxgloves today, but I did plant the rest of the tulips which I remembered to bring from the car this time (hurrah!) so we’ll hopefully have a lot of spring cutting flowers to look forward to next year.

Here are the pictures of our new expanded allotment:

Fruit bushes 1 Fruit bushes 2 Raised beds 1 Shed 1 Shed 2

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The Gathandrian Fantasy Trilogy
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The post-frost allotment

Back to the allotment today after a break last weekend due to the village play (which was magnificent, I must say, and my lovely husband was wonderful in the main role of course!) – and alas the begonias, nasturtiums and verbenas have been caught in this week’s frost. So I’ve put them in the compost heap and planted the rest of the stocks instead.

I was going to plant the remainder of the tulips as well but we forgot to bring them from the car (arrggh!) and couldn’t be bothered to go back for them, so will have to remember to put them in next week.

Not much weeding to do today due to autumn being here in force, but the foxgloves and coreopsis are still going strong – so I picked what there was for the house. I do love cut flowers.

In terms of veggies, K harvested winter lettuce – which is looking brilliant – and also a couple of beetroot so enough for a nice lunch or two, hurrah.

The trauma of the week however is the moles are back in force – and are making their way to our allotment at some speed! I think it’s time for some Mole Doom for sure … we will certainly have to persuade the pesky beasts to go elsewhere soon.

And the mystery of the week is: where on earth are my lovely Wellies??…

Anne Brooke
The Gathandrian Fantasy Trilogy
Gay Reads UK