The Allotment Wife


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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 world’s smallest lettuce

So it’s official. We’ve now been welcomed to Allotment World by the Allotment Committee – who call themselves the Allotment Police, though so far they’ve not been the least bit scary – quite the reverse in fact. Everyone’s been incredibly kind, so I hope they’ll keep smiling through all the newbie questions we’re bound to ask, and the things we don’t know yet.

What is scary though is the fact that, apparently, this September they are going to hold their first ever Allotment Society competition. Ooh-err, no pressure then!! I fear we will be very late to the fray in terms of preparation, so I’m planning to go for The World’s Smallest Lettuce. It’s the only thing we have a chance of being placed in, so far. Alas, I suspect it won’t be a category when the competition rules appear …

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