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The Whole Allotment and Nothing but The Allotment!

Great news today! The other half of the allotment is ours as of this weekend, so we are hugely excited! This means that, as well as having the raised beds, we now also have a shed, space for another raised bed (and perhaps also a greenhouse depending on what the Allotment Committee might think), and a glorious display of fruit bushes.

In the fruit area, there are at the moment a lot of raspberries, some currants and also rhubarb, so that’s wonderful. Plus there’s space to add more fruit once we decide what we like. Today we were there for a couple of hours or so – in the unexpected sunshine too! I did the hoeing and also cleared out about a quarter of the fruit bush area, while K put new windows in the shed as both of them were broken. We’ll need to add more insulation to the shed too, and get a couple of chairs and maybe a small table where we can sit and survey the land, so the winter is going to be hard work but lots of fun, I can see.

No more foxgloves today, but I did plant the rest of the tulips which I remembered to bring from the car this time (hurrah!) so we’ll hopefully have a lot of spring cutting flowers to look forward to next year.

Here are the pictures of our new expanded allotment:

Fruit bushes 1 Fruit bushes 2 Raised beds 1 Shed 1 Shed 2

Anne Brooke Books
The Gathandrian Fantasy Trilogy
Gay Reads UK

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Allotment working party & BBQ

Great fun on the allotment this morning as we took part in a big tidy up and making sure there are no holes in the fence where the rabbits can get through – a very important job indeed! K and I went round as much as we could and spotted two holes, which are now mended by the nice man with the wire cutting tools, hurrah!

Other people also did the mowing and strimming, so as a group we surely must be in the running for the Tidiest Allotments of the Year award. Should there be one … We also managed to tidy up and weed our own plot, and I picked four foxgloves to take home for display. Astonishing to have new foxgloves this time of the year, but most welcome.

Afterwards, we had a very nice barbecue indeed, and many thanks to Helen and all the organisers for a great event. Lovely to meet people and chat over a very tasty burger. And the cake was pretty special too.

Allotment beds 1 Allotment beds 2 Barbecue 1 Foxgloves 1 Foxgloves 2 Helen at the barbecue Nasturtiums 1

Anne Brooke Books
Gay Reads UK
The Gathandrian Trilogy


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Autumn on the Allotment

Definitely an autumnal feel in the air on the allotment . K and I visited yesterday – I weeded whilst K watered. We’re not planning to plant anything else as it’s getting too late in the season.

I see my dwarf sunflowers are on their way out now – I deadheaded lots of blooms and there are only 2 or 3 left. That said, the verbena is doing very well, and that lone foxglove is now definitely in bloom – a last gasp before the winter sets in, I imagine. Whilst I’m at church this morning, K plans to go and harvest it so we can admire it in the house – as well as seeing if there’s any decent spinach left worth eating.

Sometime over the next few weeks, I think we’ll cut down the rest of the spinach and give that bed a thorough weed. We don’t want to actually take the spinach out though, as I gather it will come back next year and should give us another good crop. Only time will tell!

Anne Brooke Books
The Gathandrian Fantasy Trilogy
Gay Reads UK


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The Allotment Show and a dash of blight

Had a great time at the Allotment Show on Friday evening, and well done to Helen for deservedly getting Best in Show, and the essential cup! It’s very much encouraged K and me to have a go next year. I think we’ll try our hand at runner beans and squashes, but not the huge pumpkins – they’re amazing but probably quite tricky!

Brassicas and sweetcorn Carrots Flowers and preserves Helen - Best in Show Leaks and runner beans Lettuces Marrows and novelty vegetables Onions Potatoes Pumpkins 1 Pumpkins 2 Runner Beans Soft Fruit Squashes 1 Squashes 2

I’m tempted to try some dahlias too as I love flowers, but we’ll have to see if there’s space next year.

Anyway, Sunday morning I decided against church – I’ll go next week instead – so K and I weeded the allotment, and I – sadly – viewed our potato bed which has been devastated by blight. Sob! K dug it all up and he’s now replanted half the bed with spring onions, cos lettuces and chives. Not sure what we’ll put in the other half of the bed – maybe blight-resistant potatoes at some point? He also put poles up for the peas so we hope that will encourage them to reach for the stars, as it were.

The good news is that other things appear to be doing well – the leeks and carrots are growing apace, and the asparagus is absolutely huge. The marigolds are also putting on a good display, and – astonishingly, as surely it’s a spring flower? – there is one foxglove. Gosh! Today’s harvest for lunch has been spinach, two leeks and a few potatoes from the blighted crop, ah well.

Asparagus Flower bed 1 Flower bed 2 Foxglove Marigolds and peas Peas and marigolds

 

Anne Brooke Books
The Gathandrian Fantasy Trilogy
Lori Olding – Children’s Author
Gay Reads UK


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The week before the Allotment Show

No, before you ask – we’re not entering anything into the Allotment Show. We’re way too new! Though we will go along on Friday and see how things are. It will be great to meet more people, and I’m always keen on getting any tips as we need all the help we can get for sure. Plus there’s a cheese & wine evening afterward so that sounds good too.

Anyway, today K and I weeded and watered the allotment, and K took out the French beans (which are basically over) and planted peas and leeks instead. He also planted more beetroot, as we’re really enjoying that, so hopefully they should work okay.

Today’s harvest included everlasting spinach, the last few of those French beans and two beetroots. We ate the spinach for lunch, but I’ll do the beetroot and the beans tomorrow.

Gorgeous weather today too, so it was a pleasure to be out there.

Anne Brooke Books
Lori Olding Children’s Author
Gay Reads UK


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Another harvest

Gave the allotment a good weed today – nice to be back there after a brief health relapse mid-week. Think I’m about 85% there now on the wellness front, hurrah. We didn’t bother watering the allotment though as it’s supposed to be torrential rain tomorrow so there’s no point.

Everything appears to be doing well. We harvested some more of the everlasting spinach, the French beans and our first beetroot. Double hurrahs and put out the bunting! It’s not the biggest beetroot in the world but it’s obviously perfect. Plus K planted some more potatoes in the potato bed, so that’s all filled up now.

We also met another fellow allotmenteer who gave us some very helpful hints on dahlias. I love dahlias and they did very well in our garden last year, but not so well this season. Apparently the answer is lots of feeding and compost. Thank you, Michael, for those tips!

Anne Brooke Books
Gay Reads UK
The Gathandrian Fantasy Trilogy


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The new allotment

As of today, we are happy to announce that we have an allotment in the village. OK, half an allotment at the moment, though the plan is to get the other half later this year, depending on how things go. So it’s all very exciting and a bit daunting too.

In our half of the allotment, we have 4 large raised beds, 4 small ones, some spare land and half a shed. We’ve got plans for a greenhouse if possible, and we also need to mend the shed windows fairly soon. It’s lovely and tidy inside, so that’s great.

Here are some photos of how it looked when we arrived today:

12 July 2014 No 4 12 July 2014 No 3 12 July 2014 No 2 12 July 2014 No 1

And here’s how it looked after we’d planted marigolds, carrots, beans and leaks in one of the beds:

12 July 2014 No 5 12 July 2014 No 6

We’re happy with what we’ve done so far, that’s for sure. Plans for the future include cut flowers and potatoes. The saga continues …

Anne Brooke Books
Gay Reads UK
The Gathandrian Fantasy Trilogy (gay-themed)