The Allotment Wife


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Daffodil Planting

So I’ve finally got round to planting the daffodils – as you can see I’m going for the scattergun approach this year!

Daffodil planting

And I’m happy to say that the chrysanthemums are finally in bloom:

Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemum

I particularly love the orange one – I’ve got a real soft spot for orange flowers.

The yacon is also doing okay, though weirdly not as well as the two yacons we ended up planting at home which are the size of a small shrub now …

Yakon

Here is the harvest of a few flowers, a cabbage, a beetroot and a couple of spare potatoes I found when I was planting the daffodils – as you never EVER manage to find all the potatoes when you try to dig them up, LOL!

Harvest

Here is a view of the allotment as it is at the moment – it was amazingly warm this morning in spite of the rain, and I also really loved the autumn wind – so gloriously gusty!

Allotment

Here are the flowers (chrysanthemums and one dahlia) at home:

Vase 1

Vase 2

Have a lovely weekend!

Anne Brooke Books


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Allotment Break-in

I’m very sorry to have to tell you that our allotments suffered a break-in this week, with the perimeter fence broken in a couple of places, the main gate damaged, and thefts carried out at several sheds. Such an awful thing to happen. Our own shed was broken into, but nothing taken as we don’t have anything worth stealing.

Damaged shed

K mended the shed today – amazingly our now curved padlock still works as it’s actually much tougher than the shed itself!

In happier news, we still have an alstroemeria in bloom:

Alstroemeria

However, most of the rest of the flowers are now over, so I spent some time cutting back and composting while K was mending the shed. I did feel a lot better after the tidy up as it feels I’ve done something positive to prepare for next season after the communal break-in.

On similar lines, K has dug out the potato bed, rescuing the last of the potatoes – and it’s now ready for us to plant daffodils next time we’re there, hurrah!

Ready for daffodils

I’m also happy to say that our chrysanthemums are on the way though not quite there yet:

Chrysanthemums

Meanwhile we know it’s a very rainy autumn due to the sheer amount of mushrooms everywhere!

Mushrooms

Our cabbages are doing well:

Cabbages

And we’ve rediscovered the leeks which have been lurking under the runner beans for ages, quietly waiting to see the sun again …

Leeks

Sadly though, our Brussels sprouts are experiencing their second year of failure (sob!) – maybe next time we should plant them out in May rather than waiting for them to get bigger at home … Oh well.

Brussels sprouts

Here is the week’s harvest, which includes alstroemeria, a few pelargoniums, a handful of autumn raspberries (though I ditched them at home due to the amount of insects in them, yuk!) one cabbage, the potatoes, beetroot and a couple of stray runner beans:

Harvest

Here is the vase at home:

Vase 1

Vase 2

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Anne Brooke Books


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Asters and Tatties

It’s the turn of the asters to shine today on the autumn allotment – we really know summer is over now as they’re such an autumn flower! K has dug up the last of the potatoes (tatties), so we have an empty bed to do something with:

No more potatoes

It’s been a hot week so the allotment is very dry and we’ve given it a good water today – the rubbish bin water butt is proving very useful indeed. Here are the beans looking very dry and definitely past their best:

Beans

And even the currant bushes and autumn raspberries are struggling in the heat:

Currants

Autumn raspberries

Here is today’s harvest which consists of beans, potatoes, one beetroot, the asters, a few sad-looking gladioli, one or two sunflowers, the autumn raspberries and a scattering of sweet peas, pelargoniums and carnations.

Harvest

We have also taken the tulip bulbs (in the round, green basket) so I can plant these at home in November (when the threat of tulip rot will have passed). We will get fresh ones for the allotment as usual.

Here are the vases:

Vases 1

Vases 2

Vases 3

Have a lovely weekend, everyone!

Anne Brooke Books


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Squashes Galore

This is definitely the week for the squashes in our life. Here are the two pumpkins we have, both of which are growing well:

Pumpkin 1

Pumpkin 2

And here is one of the marrows – this is the largest:

Marrow

On the minus side, however, our lettuce has bolted – can you tell, LOL!

Bolted lettuce

The beetroot is also growing high, so I’ve cut the tops off those while I was thinking about it.

Beetroot

The flowers are doing very well in this weather though. Here is the second flush of our gorgeous scented lilies – the smell is amazing!

Lilies

And here are the alstroemeria and the echinacea, both of which are definitely enjoying the climate.

Alstroemeria and echinaceas

This week’s harvest is a scattering of green and black French climbing beans (the first of our black ones harvested today), plus the lilies, alstroemerias, echinaceas, dahlias, gladioli, sweet williams, carnations and assorted sweet peas:

Harvest

Here are the vases at home:

Vases 1

Vases 2

Have a lovely weekend, everyone!

Anne Brooke Books


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Fighting back on the sweetcorn front!

Yet more sweetcorn has gone missing this week, sob:

Sweetcorn Chewed

But we are determined to fight back(!) so I planted some new ones and K netted the area. We hope that will be enough to deter the evil sweetcorn nibbler, but who can tell …

Sweetcorn Replanted

In other news the asparagus forest is on its way – as we’re leaving it to do its thing now as the season is basically over.

Asparagus

The lettuces are doing amazingly well and I also planted a couple of others just to lengthen the season – if they don’t get eaten!

Lettuces

Fresh from netting the sweetcorn, K has also today built a netting pod for the currants to protect them from the greedy birds (who have already taken the gooseberry crop in total, double sob!). As you can see it’s a home-made effort and we’ve secured it down with stones from the plot, bits of wood and also hooked nails made from old hangers from home. The ultimate recycling creation!

Soft fruit

The lilies are doing very well:

Lilies

And the pelargoniums and cosmos are trying their best:

Pelargoniums and cosmos

The sweet williams are struggling a bit – which is a total contrast from last year – but the beetroot behind them are doing well. I have pinched the tops off the beetroot as I thought they were getting a bit straggly, and we want the energy to go into the crop rather than the leaf.

Sweet Williams and Beetroot

Today’s harvest is one lettuce, mangetouts, verbascums, carnations, pelargoniums, sweet williams, cosmos and lilies:

Harvest

Here are the vases at home.

Vases 1

Vases 2

Have a lovely Sunday, everyone. Oh, and happy birthday to me – I turned 55 (gosh!) on 21 June.

Anne Brooke Books


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Nibbly Creatures

Lots of nibbly creatures both on and off the allotment this week … here is the sweetcorn section where the middle is all but missing. Pigeons? Mice? Who knows. But we are not amused!

Sweetcorn

We also struggled with lettuce planting last week as the pigeons (or mice!) had had a good go at them before we even arrived at the allotment – you can just about see them here, still hanging on – just – at the bottom left of the really lovely lettuces (hurrah!):

Lettuces

Anyway, the beetroot section is doing well, and we even have one or two mangetouts lurking amongst the leaves, well gosh:

Beetroot

Mangetout

The autumn raspberries are growing well:

Autumn raspberries

And the flower crops are doing well too. We have the first of the lilies out:

Lilies

The carnations are still being totally amazing and I picked 128 of them – which is only about half of what I picked last week!

Carnations

The verbascum is still blooming:

Verbascum

And the sweet peas we thought were a goner near the shed have a sudden lease of life:

Sweet peas

Today, I planted the rest of the gladioli bulbs so that’s filled up a bed nicely. I also planted some coreopsis (which I picked flowers from before taking it to the allotment). They are a type called Golden Sphere:

Coreopsis Golden Sphere

Plus I thought I’d plant some annual flowers for the first time so here are four new pelargoniums – which again I picked before planting. I’m astonished about how beautiful the flowers are in a vase (see later) so will definitely do this again:

Pelargoniums

Here is the harvest of three mangetouts(!), verbascum, lilies and carnations:

Harvest

And here are the vases at home. The pelargonium flowers are on the right between the carnations and the verbascum – I think they’re gorgeous. And the coreopsis are on the left.

Vases 1

Vases 2

Have a lovely weekend.

Anne Brooke Books


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Bean Planting

A whole 2.5 hours on the allotment today, go us! Everything – including the weeds! – is really starting to go for it, so a lot of hoeing got done.

We also planted a bed full of French beans and runner beans, and tied them up with string to try to keep them (vaguely …) under control.

French beans and runner beans

We have added extra sweet peas at the end of that bed, and just between the lilies and the sunflowers:

Sweet peas

Speaking of lilies, don’t they look marvellous? Those buds are really coming along well.

Lilies 1

The asparagus has been very keen this week so we have enough for at least a couple of meals, which is grand.

Asparagus

We are also pleased with the lettuce …

Lettuces

… and the beetroot – which always look so terribly fragile when you first plant them but soon bulk up:

Beetroot

The potatoes are doing fine:

Potatoes

And just look at the mangetouts!

Mangetouts

Turning to flowers in bloom, the verbascum is simply marvellous:

Verbascum

And the carnations are just coming into flower too:

Carnations

However, the gladioli seem to have a mind of their own and have skipped a couple of rows in my succession planting plan, LOL:

Gladioli

No idea what’s going on there!

Anyway, here is the harvest of asparagus, verbascum, some sweet williams and a few carnations:

Harvest

And here are the vases at home:

Vases 1

Vases 2

Have a lovely bank holiday weekend, everyone!

Anne Brooke Books