The Allotment Wife


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The Weedy Allotment

Goodness me, but there was a lot of weeds at the allotment this week – mind you, we didn’t manage to weed last week as we were too busy getting ready for the allotment show, but I think the recent rain has also had a hand in it. So we have done surely three times as much weeding today, plus we trimmed the edge of the allotment – as soon it will be the Allotment Inspection (argh, the terror, the terror!!) and we must NOT be found lacking …

Anyway, the flowers have rallied in the rain and the alstroemerias (Peruvian lilies) we planted earlier in the year are actually in bloom, though I didn’t expect them to do anything at all until next year.

Alstroemeria

The gladioli and dahlias are also still doing their thing:

And we have more sunflowers, hurrah! I do love the dark orange colour of these ones.

The lilies are growing taller, but I fear the promise of them being in bloom this year might well be fading … as they really need to get a move on as the weather is definitely autumnal now!

Lilies

Today, we’ve removed the old sweet williams from one of the beds and planted about 60 new ones:

Sweet Williams

Hopefully that will give us a good crop next summer, as they’re just SO brilliant in the vases.

The autumn raspberries continue to look good, though to my eye there isn’t as big a crop as there has been over the last couple of years. Though, of course, they’re not quite ready yet.

The beetroot look straggly but the crops are still good:

Beetroot

Though look at our mildewed courgettes! The weather is really confusing them, I fear. We cut those leaves off after I took this picture.

Mildewed courgettes

Here is the harvest, which consists of various flowers, French climbing beans, courgettes, one lone potato, and some rather small (but very smelly – in a good way!) onions:

Harvest

And here are the vases at home:

Enjoy the rest of your Bank Holiday Monday, everyone.

Anne Brooke Books

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Ring out the old, ring in the new!

The last allotment post for 2016 and indeed the last day of 2016 – what a rollercoaster year it’s been, LOL.

On the allotment front, we’re pleased to see that the January daffodils are well on their way:

daffodils-1

And the later (Feb) daffodils are also starting to sprout, hurrah!

daffodils-2

daffodils-3

We’ve also taken the opportunity to replace our old and rubbish  (green & purple) secateurs with shiny new red ones that actually cut – which should make things a heck of a lot easier …

secateurs-new-and-old

Whilst there, K dug out the potato bed (see harvest pic!) and I weeded the beds and fruit area, as well as the areas of pathway. This was made a far easier job by the lack of frost this morning, phew …

Here is today’s harvest, which consists of the last of the winter lettuce, potatoes and sprouts, together with a couple of gladioli bulbs we missed and which we’re bringing home for storage.

harvest

Have a fabulous new year, everyone!

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