The Allotment Wife


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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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The Naughty Allotmenteer

Yes, I know. I just couldn’t resist this picture of two pumpkins and a marrow – but could you have resisted it??! Which only goes to show that underneath every serious allotmenteer, there is a very immature child desperate to get out …

Rude veg

And yes, I also know there’s a very tiny marrow there too, but I didn’t want it to feel overlooked! Anyone know any pumpkin recipes as we haven’t a clue?…

Anyway, in other news, we have finally planted our Brussels sprouts – not sure how they’re going to do, but we are hopeful. I remembered to put the slug doom in too.

Sprouts

The gladioli are still blooming:

Gladioli

Though not as much as the sunflowers, which continue to surprise us.

Sunflowers

Here is the very autumnal harvest, including our first ever cabbage:

Harvest

All those scrumptious autumn raspberries are going straight into the apple crumble I’m making today, yum.

And here are the vases:

Vases 1

Vases 2

Have a lovely Sunday, and make the most of the sunshine, everyone!

Anne Brooke Books


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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


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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:

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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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The Lonely Chrysanthemum

Just one chrysanthemum on the allotment this week – though we do have a few others still in bud. Frankly, I’m amazed they’ve lasted this long!

The Sweet Williams look healthy though no need to cut off any stray flowers this time.

Sweet Williams

And the daffodil shoot we discovered last weekend has grown a tad taller, hurrah!

Daffodil

The Brussels Sprouts, however, still have no sprouts … Still, the plants themselves might just be a bit bigger than when we last looked at them, so maybe this year is the Year of the Sprout Leaf. Yum!

Brussels sprouts

And so our rather meagre harvest consists of beetroot, some yakons and that one chrysanthemum.

Happy Sunday!

Anne Brooke Books


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The Autumn Allotment

Well, that’s definitely the end of any hope of lilies, I’m afraid. This morning’s sharp frost finally got them in full and I’ve now cut them down:

Lilies

The sweet williams continue to thrive, however, so should produce a good crop next year. K cut off the tips again as we don’t want them to flower now.

Sweet Williams

In exciting news, the first of our daffodil shoots are coming through so we’re looking forward to more of them making their presence known over the next few weeks and beyond. Not sure what that spare bulb is doing though! Maybe it’s making a bid for freedom, LOL!

Daffodil

There is still plenty of beetroot to harvest so we’ve taken some for lunch today.

Beetroot

In the sunlight, the remains of the autumn raspberry patch look amazing, even though the crop has been terrible this year:

And here are a couple of shots of the allotment in full. Not much around now as you can see, and the Brussel sprouts are proving very disappointing – with no growth and no sprouts at all, so that’s a real disappointment. Perhaps we didn’t put them in early enough or grow them on first properly? Not sure, but I fear I’m going to have to buy sprouts for Christmas again, sob! I LOVE sprouts …

Here is the very minimal harvest of a few straggly chrysanthemums and the ever-reliable beetroot:

Harvest

And here is the vase at home:

Vase

Have a lovely Sunday, everyone.

Anne Brooke Books