The Allotment Wife


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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

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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


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New Year at the Allotment

First visit to the allotment in 2019 today so very exciting! Wasn’t expecting much to have happened in actual fact but we have our first daffodils already! Okay, the ones with actual flowers on aren’t the ones we planted in the autumn (LOL!) but are stray ones we forgot about – but hey I’m not complaining. Daffodils this early in January is a fabulous result!!

Elsewhere not much is going on but the whole year lies ahead …

allotment view

Mind you, the rhubarb has started early, so I hope it’s going to do better than last year – which was a bit of a rhubarb disaster, alas …

rhubarb

So we have a mini-harvest of 3 beetroots and 2 daffodils, but we’re ridiculously proud of it!

harvest

Here is the vase at home:

vase

Happy New Year to you all!

Anne Brooke Books


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Small can be beautiful

A quick hoe round the allotment this morning, plus I sprayed the lilies and put slug pellets down (no organic gardening here – well, I am a farmer’s daughter after all!…) while K  planted up some more beetroot:

Beetroot

We’re growing rather fond of beetroot – so wonderful that you can eat all the plant and nothing’s wasted, hurrah. So we picked a couple of the older beetroots and also some of the lovely geums, and the smaller alliums:

Harvest

I did think the smaller alliums (as in my earlier post) were a mistake, but I thought I’d try floating them in one of our ramekins (look how posh we are – we have ramekins! – not bad for an Essex Gal, eh …) and actually it really works.

Alliums

I’ve put the geums in with some of our chive flowers from the garden and they look pretty good too.

Geums and chives

Here they both are together, to give you a sense of perspective:

Geums, chives and alliums

In other flower news on the allotment, the lilies and sweet williams look like they’re going to bloom fairly soon so I’m looking forward to that. And we are letting the rest of the asparagus go to seed to give it a chance to get sorted for next year – so our asparagus season is now over, but we’ve thoroughly enjoyed the crop. Also, I think that with a bit of luck and if the wind is in the right direction, we might get a second flush of rhubarb too.

Anne Brooke Books