The Allotment Wife


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The post-frost allotment

Back to the allotment today after a break last weekend due to the village play (which was magnificent, I must say, and my lovely husband was wonderful in the main role of course!) – and alas the begonias, nasturtiums and verbenas have been caught in this week’s frost. So I’ve put them in the compost heap and planted the rest of the stocks instead.

I was going to plant the remainder of the tulips as well but we forgot to bring them from the car (arrggh!) and couldn’t be bothered to go back for them, so will have to remember to put them in next week.

Not much weeding to do today due to autumn being here in force, but the foxgloves and coreopsis are still going strong – so I picked what there was for the house. I do love cut flowers.

In terms of veggies, K harvested winter lettuce – which is looking brilliant – and also a couple of beetroot so enough for a nice lunch or two, hurrah.

The trauma of the week however is the moles are back in force – and are making their way to our allotment at some speed! I think it’s time for some Mole Doom for sure … we will certainly have to persuade the pesky beasts to go elsewhere soon.

And the mystery of the week is: where on earth are my lovely Wellies??…

Anne Brooke
The Gathandrian Fantasy Trilogy
Gay Reads UK

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Planting for spring

A quick trip to the allotment today as we’re rather pushed for time. Managed to weed the beds and cut some of the grass (by shears – well done to Husband!). I’ve taken out the marigolds which were virtually over and have planted sweet williams instead – which I hope will produce more cut flowers for the house next year.

There were also a couple of foxgloves in bloom and I took some of the verbena and a coreopsis (as least I think that’s what it is … for this week’s cut flowers. Meanwhile, the nasturtiums are going mad and look amazing, as do the begonia. And we’ve harvested one pea pod (gosh!), some winter lettuce and also the oddest looking carrot you’ll ever see. Shame it wasn’t ready for the Allotment Show earlier on as I’m sure it would have romped home! And the Brussels sprouts are growing ever more abundant, hurrah.

Begonia Brussels Sprouts Flowers from the allotment 1 Flowers from the allotment 2 Foxgloves 1 Harvest Nasturtiums Sweet Williams

Anne Brooke Books
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The Gathandrian Fantasy Trilogy


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Autumn harvest

A stint of weeding at the allotment today, and a good lot of harvest too. We took home foxgloves and penstemon for cut flowers, and beetroot, spinach, carrots and winter salads for eating during the week. It’s amazing that since cutting down some of the spinach last week, we now have fresh new leaves, hurrah.

Plus I have pruned the asparagus bed so it now looks pretty bare apart from the end of the stems nestling in the soil. Oh, and there are small Brussels sprouts starting their life journey on our brassicas, goodness me!

19 Oct Asparagus pruned 19 Oct beetroot 19 Oct Brassicas 19 Oct carrots 19 Oct Foxgloves 19 Oct harvest 19 Oct lettuce 19 Oct Nasturtiums 19 Oct Spinach 19 Oct verbena 19 Oct winter salads

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The Gathandrian Fantasy Trilogy
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Harvest and preparing for spring

At the allotment today planting spring bulbs for cutting flowers next year. It just saves having to take them out of the garden where they look so pretty – so we’ve decided to give over a couple of allotment beds to the cut flowers concept. We’ve planted 40 daffodils in the begonia and verbena bed, and also another set of daffodils in a spare corner elsewhere, plus alliums and also some garlic cloves. Well, it keeps the evil nibblers at bay, so they tell us!

Also did a good weed and tidy up while we were there – as well as having the pleasure of finally actually meeting Jackie, the lady whose plot we’re taking over. It was great to chat and also to find out that she might be leaving some of her glorious soft fruit bushes when she goes at the end of the year, so that would be wonderful, as we’re very keen on the soft fruit possibilities.

Plus we’ve harvested leeks, beetroot, carrots and one pea pod(!), so that should keep us going for a few days, hurrah. Strangely, however, we have a few cauliflowers in the brassica bed, but they really shouldn’t be there till spring! Suspect we’ll have to take them out and throw them away as I don’t think they look too tasty … Finally, the nasturtiums are doing very well indeed, as you can see in the pics – and there’s yet another foxglove or two, and even a penstemon, which I’ve picked for the vase at home.

Begonia Foxgloves Harvest Nasturtiums

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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

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Early peas and a spinach mystery

The allotment looks pretty good today – it rained a lot during the week so there was no need to do any watering. Instead we weeded the beds and gathered a small harvest. Much to our amazement the peas which are supposed to blossom in spring are already in flower and there are even two small pea pods on them. K harvested those, and took the rest of the flowers off. It seemed to be the most sensible thing to do.

In the meantime, the foxgloves are growing apace, so we may get a few cut flowers out of these before the season is over. And the nasturtiums look amazing!

However, the main mystery of the week is the everlasting spinach. I’ve been harvesting it regularly since we got the allotment, but today K decided to cut some of it down for the autumn. Um, apparently, not all of it is spinach after all! It’s actually … um … celery. Well, there’s a turn-up for the books. So possibly, a lot of what we’ve been eating is not spinach leaf but celery leaf, hey ho. We hang our heads in shame, eh!… Anyway, we’ve harvested some celery (proper) and will treat ourselves to it tomorrow.

Earlier, in the week, K also harvested a small amount of carrot, leek and beetroot – so lunch will be soup. K is the soup expert, so it will be good.

20 Sept flower bed 20 Sept foxgloves 1 20 Sept Foxgloves 2 20 Sept leeks and carrots 20 Sept nasturtiums 1 20 Sept nasturtiums 2 20 Sept nasturtiums 3 20 Sept nasturtiums 4 20 Sept peas

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A small harvest

Having been ill for about 3 weeks, I’m now well enough today to venture to the allotment to see what’s going on. Goodness, how things have grown. K and I did the weeding, though with the weather there’s no need to water. In fact, it was raining while we were there.

And we have a small harvest of French beans, goodness me! Our first harvest of the vegetables we’ve actually planted. Not only that but the carrots, potatoes and marigolds are all doing very well, and the nasturtiums are starting to show themselves too, which is grand. The slug pellets are working (hurrah!) and we’ve put more down today.

We didn’t stay long as I’m getting quite tired, but it was great to be out there again. I do enjoy it.

Allotment 1 Brassicas Carrots French beans and leaks French beans, marigolds, leaks, carrots French Beans Nasturtiums Potatoes Sunflowers

Anne Brooke Books
Gay Reads UK
The Gathandrian Fantasy Trilogy