The Allotment Wife


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A Harvest of Leeks

This morning, K and I have continued to mulch the soft fruit area and a couple more of the raised beds, though obviously there’s a lot more mulching to do! The trolley we bought during the week has proved very handy for transporting the compost bags and is foldable so we can keep it in the car easily.

Mulched soft fruit area 1 Mulched soft fruit area 2

Whilst there, we tried to harvest our last carrot but sadly someone else has got there first and it proved full of holes so we composted it instead. However, all was not lost, as we harvested the first of our leeks (hurrah!) and some more of the winter lettuce. The leeks smell amazing.

Leeks Winter lettuce

We’ve also had a rethink about having a greenhouse as it will mean going down to the allotment twice a day during the summer to open and shut the windows and we really don’t have the time – maybe when we retire, eh! Instead, we’ll probably put another raised bed in the space and use it for flowers as it’s in front of our planned seating area. K is also thinking about putting a cage round the whole soft fruit area so we can protect it from the birds, but that needs some more thinking.

And the tulips are poking their heads above the soil for definite now, which is great.

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Clearing Out the Plot Part 2

Back to the allotment today to clear out the rest of the fruit bush area, as far as is possible. I know it might not look much, but it’s better than how it was when I began – honest! Towards the end, I gave up with the hoe and started pulling great clumps of grass out with my bare hands. Nothing like getting in touch with Mother Earth, for sure!…

Fruit bushes 22 Nov

K also pruned the blackcurrants to get rid of some of the old wood. We’re not entirely sure what to do with the autumn raspberries though – if indeed they are the autumn variety – but we think they need pruning once the leaves have fallen. Further research here might be in order.

Meanwhile, the Brussels sprouts are coming on a treat – I do love Brussels sprouts so can’t wait for them to be ready! – and the winter lettuce is going great guns. Today’s harvest was that glorious lettuce and some beetroot and carrots.

Brussels Sprouts 22 Nov

In other news, we’ve measured up for new beds, and reckon we can get another one in near the shed, plus redo the one that’s already there next to the shed but which isn’t currently fit for use. When that’s done, we hope to squeeze in a greenhouse as well as I’d love to get tomatoes, chillies and maybe even a melon or two onto the produce list – but we’ll have to see. All great fun for sure!

Winter lettuce 22 Nov

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