The Allotment Wife

The June Allotment

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The allotment really gets going in June. The asparagus is obviously going crazy and trying to start its end-of-season forest a little too early for us – so we have harvested it and had half for lunch today.

Asparagus

I have now planted the rest of the beetroot which arrived this week. The type is Golden Burpees – which is a lovely golden colour and again doesn’t stain. The picture is very bright because for some reason the camera-phone wanted to use the flash. No idea why!

Beetroot Golden Burpees

Have also planted a couple of cosmos plants and the rest of the chrysanthemums, the latter of which are in the perennial flower bed. I’ve put the cosmos more in the sun this time round as last year they ended up in the shade and were a total disaster.

We also have our first couple of lily flowers out now, and the Sweet Williams look wonderful – the latter are just amazing for vases and always look good, no matter what you do to them.

The sweet peas are finally growing (hurrah!) though I’ve had to wrap them round the netting more as they’re very keen to escape. And the verbascums are looking good too. NO white fly this time round as I’ve left the lupins well alone …

On the vegetable front, the peas are looking good, and four of the five yakons (Peruvian Ground Apple) are on their way, so that’s a good result.

And the rhubarb is as bushy as ever – more of a crop this week, so I’ve made rhubarb compote again – with a splash or two of cheap brandy and some ginger. As you do.

Rhubarb

Bad news on the gooseberry front though – as we feared, the birds have picked the bush clean and left us with only one gooseberry, sob … Oh well. We must really net the area earlier next year!

To combat the slugs, K has watered the whole allotment with Nemaslug which should keep them off the crops for a good six weeks or so. We live in hope!

Here is the harvest:

Harvest

And here are the flowers at home in their vases:

Have a great Sunday, everyone!

Anne Brooke Books

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Author: annebrooke

Anne Brooke lives in Surrey, UK, and writes in a variety of genres, including gay erotic romance, fantasy, comedy, thrillers, biblical fiction and the occasional chicklit novel. When not writing, she spends time in the garden attempting to differentiate between flowers and weeds, and in the allotment attempting to grow vegetables. Occasionally, she can also be found in the kitchen making cakes. Every now and again, they are edible. Her websites can be found at: www.annebrooke.com, www.gayreads.co.uk, www.biblicalfiction.co.uk and www.gathandria.com (for fantasy fiction).

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