The Allotment Wife


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Blighted potatoes and lilies galore

Sad potato news from the allotment this week – we have blight, oh the horror. Still, we have managed to salvage some of the crop so at least that’s something. Oh well.

Blighted potatoes

Our sweetcorn is also still being nibbled (is it mice?) so we have strengthened the netting around them and also raised it as plants get bigger.

Sweet corn

The French beans are starting to go up the sticks and I tied some of them in just to give them a helping hint – last year, some of them simply grew along the ground but it’s much easy if they go up rather than sideways!

French beans

The mangetouts have gone insane and we harvested a totally enormous crop. At home, K looked up mangetouts recipes – and one of these is frying mangetouts with spring onions very briefly and then adding mint – we already have all the ingredients (though the spring onions are bought) so will definitely have to try that one.

Mangetouts

Prepared mangetouts

We also found space for a couple of yakons (Peruvian ground apple) by removing some of the sweet williams which aren’t really doing so well. The other couple of yakons we have will be planted at home.

Yakons

K also mulched the rhubarb this week – I really do love a mulched bed. We used compost from the allotment so there won’t be many nutrients in it but it will do for now.

Mulched rhubarb

Turning to flower news, the cosmos and pelargoniums are doing well.

Cosmos and pelargoniums

And there are now a couple of flower spray buds on the gladioli, hurrah!

Gladioli

However the lilies are simply the stars of this week’s show and look totally amazing – they’re just so tall and such a glorious colour!

Lilies

Plus we have the first of the sweet peas in bloom, which is grand.

Sweet peas

I also took a view of the allotment as it is right now, as I think it looks pretty good.

View

So, today’s harvest is lilies, the first of the dahlias (hurrah!), verbascum, carnations (still going strong …), cosmos, pelargoniums, sweet williams, sweet peas, and the mangetouts and rescued potatoes.

Harvest

Here are the amazing lilies at home:

Lily vase 1

Lily vase 2

And here are the vases all together:

Vases

Have a great Sunday, everyone.

Anne Brooke Books

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The Quiet Allotment

Nothing much happening at the plot today – even the chrysanthemums are all but over so I think I’ll cut them back next week.

Chrysanthemums

Mind you, there are signs of life amongst the daffodils:

Daffodils

And there are buds on the currant bushes, which is great.

Currants

So we didn’t do much there today – just some hoeing and also weeding between the raised beds. And K cut back those determined sweet williams once more.

Here are some winter plot scenes:

And here is the tiny harvest of yakons and some beetroot:

Harvest

Have a great 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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Elstead Allotments: Remembering the Fallen

Elstead lost 38 men from the village in World War 1, and Pauline from the Allotment Association has kindly arranged this wonderful and very moving display of 38 poppies on one of our allotment trees for us to remember them. Thank you, Pauline et al.

Remembrance

38 poppies

One hundred years on, here is what our allotment is like today: the beetroots are doing well and not bothered by any of the frost the week has thrown at them.

Beetroot

However, the Brussels sprouts seem to be stuck in a time warp or something as they’re not getting any bigger and there are certainly no signs of … um … sprouts … Still, there’s time yet, I hope.

Brussels sprouts

There are still some chrysanthemums in bloom:

Chrysanthemums

And even the poor lilies are trying to do something very late in the season!

Lilies

I have decided to take all the dahlias out and replant them back at home as they’re really not very good as cut flowers as they don’t last long – so we’d rather enjoy them in the garden. We’ll have to think of something to replace them with at at some point.

Dahlias

K also harvested the first of the yakons – ie the Peruvian ground apples. We store these for a few weeks in the garage as they get a lot sweeter over time. You can eat them raw or cooked.

Yakon

Here is the harvest of beetroots and chrysanthemums:

Harvest

And here is the vase at home:

 

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
(From For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon)