The Allotment Wife


Leave a comment

Spring Planting

We popped into the garden centre before going to the allotment this morning, and bought sweet peas, golden beetroot, mangetouts, and cabbages for the allotment, and carrots for home (as we can protect them from carrot fly there). We’ve never grown cabbages before but thought we’d give it a go this year.

Planting

Once at the allotment we were delighted to find that some very kind person had left a huge pile of pine bark near the allotment fence so K grabbed the wheelbarrow and we have tidied up our paths, hurrah. Plus the pine smell is just amazing.

So, I have planted the sweet peas next to the shed as usual:

Sweetpeas

And I made half a bed for the beetroot plants – they’re just so small!

Beetroot

K created some sticks and netting for the mangetouts, and I have then put slug pellets on anything I think they might aim for …

In other news, there is one lone tulip in one of our disastrous Brussels sprouts beds (which we have now cleared):

Tulip 2

And the tulips in the actual tulip bed are coming along nicely too:

Tulips 1

The daffodils continue to hold their own:

And the lilies are coming along:

Lilies

Meanwhile, the currants and rhubarb are really getting going, which is fabulous – they are both definitely further along than they were last year, thank goodness.

So, no vegetables for harvesting this week – just the daffodils and tulips:

Harvest

And here are the flowers at home:

Have a great Mothering Sunday, everyone!

Anne Brooke Books

Advertisements


Leave a comment

Tulips and Butterflies

The tulips are finally starting to be in bloom on the allotment, hurrah! And there are loads of yellow butterflies which is lovely to see too – although of course rather less lovely if growing veg, LOL.

The daffodils are still producing a crop, and now the smaller multi-bloom highly scented ones are out, so that’s just amazing.


Daffodils 1

And, to cap it all, the lilies have started to sprout, hurrah:

Lilies

The rhubarb looks much larger today:

Rhubarb

And the currant bushes are leafing up which is very positive too:

Currants

Whilst there, K planted shallots, and I planted pompom dahlias (in the hope they’ll do better than the other ones have) and the first of the gladioli bulbs. To my shame, I didn’t store the gladioli bulbs correctly over the winter (oh the horror!) and they have rotted as they weren’t dry enough. As a result, there were only enough for two rows and we’re going to have to get new ones. I shall try to remember to be kinder to them next year …

Here is the harvest of lilies, daffodils, beetroot and some sprout leaves from plants that didn’t work out:

Harvest

And here are the vases at home:

Anne Brooke Books


2 Comments

Must Be Spring!

A lovely morning on the allotment today. The daffodils are really going for it now, even in beds they’re not supposed to be in – such as the beetroot bed, LOL! Which just goes to show Nature always has the last word.

Mind you, the tulips are also going for it in the beetroot bed, so must be something about the lure of beetroot …

Tulips

And we now have another rhubarb which has joined the rhubarb that started early, so at least it’s not on its own any more, hurrah.

Rhubarb 2

So here is the usual harvest (for the time of year) of beetroot and daffodils:

Harvest

And here is the vase at home:

Vase

Have a lovely weekend, everyone.

Anne Brooke Books


3 Comments

Mole Hill City

Goodness, but the moles are having a fabulous party at the allotment! Mind you, they’re really the only thing that’s seriously got going at the moment, so I don’t really begrudge them, LOL.

Mole hills

I only did a bit of gentle weeding this week as I have a minor tear to the rotator cuff in my left shoulder (the one I had the operation on 4 years ago) and I don’t want to make it any worse – as the doctor advised me yesterday! Mind you, it’s certainly better than earlier this week when it was really incredibly painful, ouch and double ouch. I fear I will have to give up the Zumba, alas …

Anyway, the daffodils are doing their best – we even have a stray one in one of the disastrous Brussels sprouts bed, so at least something worked in there, hey ho …

And the tulips are a tiny bit taller than they were last week, which is positive news. I think they look like tiny mouths desperate to be fed, but maybe that’s just me:

Tulips

The rhubarb is hanging on in there too:

Rhubarb

Not much else going on at the moment however. So the harvest of two beetroots and some daffodils is small but perfectly formed!

Harvest

Here are the daffodils at home. I added them to last week’s mini-harvest which is still going strong, so it’s almost a bunch now …

Vase

Have a lovely and relaxing weekend, everyone!

Anne Brooke Books


Leave a comment

More signs of Spring

A very soggy allotment today, so a good job we remembered to wear Wellingtons. The daffodils are coming on, and there are two in bloom, hurrah!

In fact there are daffodils and tulips springing up everywhere now, even in the beetroot bed – which just goes to show that you may THINK you’ve dug everything up but you NEVER ever have …

Beetroot Plus

The actual tulip bed is coming along fine:

Tulips

And the rhubarb is hanging on in there somehow:

Rhubarb

So there’s the usual mini-harvest of beetroots and daffodils:

Harvest

And here are those two daffodils at home:

Vase

Have a lovely Sunday, everyone!

Anne Brooke Books


2 Comments

The Beginning of Tulips

Unbelievably, the tulips on the allotment have actually started to sprout. Which makes me feel a bit guilty as last week a work friend said her tulips were sprouting and I said that couldn’t be true and it must be daffodils. More fool me! What do I know? Nothing! So, apologies, N – you were right …

Meanwhile, the daffodils are much taller now and there is another one in bloom, well gosh.

Even the lupin is getting in on the act. Though I must move it to the garden at home sometime soon, as I think it will do a lot better there, and they don’t make great cut flowers anyway.

lupin

So, we have a small but perfectly formed harvest (again!) of one beetroot and one daffodil. And they look so cute together too …

harvest

Here is the daffodil at home:

vase

Have a lovely Sunday!

Anne Brooke Books


2 Comments

Soggy Allotment!

Goodness me, but the allotment was very soggy today – if we’d thought about it, we’d have taken our Wellingtons, but sadly we didn’t think about it, which meant a good towel dry for our feet and a change of socks when we got home. Plus a hot chocolate to warm us up again – always welcome!

Today there is one daffodil in flower and another one which should be in bloom next week, plus lots of shoots coming up.

The beetroot is still going strong and continues to give us winter veg for our dinners, hurrah:

beetroot

Last week, as you can see, K nobly cut down all the autumn raspberry canes in preparation for this coming year’s crop. We can only hope they’ll give a better harvest this year …

pruned autumn raspberries

Meanwhile, the moles are having a huge party and the hills are everywhere, LOL. It’s the gift that keeps on giving …

mole hills

So, another minimal harvest this week of two beetroots and that lone daffodil. Still, not bad for mid January, that’s for sure.

harvest

And here is the daffodil at home:

vase

Have a great weekend, everyone.

Anne Brooke Books