The Allotment Wife


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An asparagus miracle

Great excitement on the allotment this week as finally (finally!!) the asparagus is starting to grow!

Asparagus

You can just about see the little stems poking their heads above the ground – honestly, I got really choked up when I saw them. I love asparagus, so maybe there’ll be a crop after all. Anyway, the allotment itself is looking grand in the sunshine:

Allotment

And the astilbe, lilies, sweet williams and tulips are looking gorgeous:

Astilbe Lilies Sweet Williams Tulips 6

The tulips have now been harvested and put in vases at home. I do so love having flowers in the house, and it’s even more special when I’ve grown them myself:

Tulips in vase 1 Tulips in vase 2

On the veggie front, K has put up some bean poles, and planted some carrots and lettuce (as well as more potatoes):

Bean poles Carrots Lettuce

Meanwhile, the onions, rhubarb and spinach are looking good:

Onions Rhubarb 2 Spinach

As usual, I did a hoe round, and hand-weeded the soft fruit area, while K watered everything as the soil is rather dry at the moment. I also planted some dahlias I discovered when I was clearing out the kitchen – we’d completely forgotten we had them so that was a nice surprise!

Anne Brooke Books

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Daffodils: from earth to vase

A lovely morning spent on the allotment today as we both have a week off work, and the daffodils are now in bloom! Honestly, I was so delighted when I saw them that I could barely speak at all. I’m just so thrilled by it, and how wonderful they look too.

Allotment daffodils 1 Allotment daffodils 2 Allotment daffodils 3Allotment daffodils 4

The bulk of the morning was K putting down some really pretty edging donated to us by our neighbour around the new bed, and I think it looks very effective indeed.

New bed 1 New bed 2 New bed 3

We’ve planted two rows of mixed astilbe at one end so we have good cut flowers for later in the summer. They come in red, pink, lilac and white, so a good combination if everything survives.

Astilbe bed

I also planted 15 freesias, but have saved some for planting later so we can get a spread of cut flowers throughout the season – at least I hope we can! I’ve put them next to the three rows of asiatic lilies which are at the end – only the labels for now though …

Freesia bed

In terms of plants we can actually see (hurrah!), the tulips are growing apace so I’ve rolled back the netting away from the tallest so they don’t get tangled up in it. The Sweet Williams, spinach and winter lettuce areĀ also doing well.

Spinach Sweet Williams Tulips Winter lettuce

K planted a bed of potatoes, and also a bed of onions which I managed to take a shot of before he covered them up, and he then laid sticks across the top to try to dissuade pests as we didn’t want to cut the netting on the tulips. I hope they survive!

Onion bed 1Onion bed 2

Last but by no means least, we have a couple of small rhubarb leaves now, which is grand.

Rhubarb 1

Whilst there, I did a gentle hoe round, but I kept it light as my neck has been giving me grief this week and I don’t want to make it any worse. I didn’t use the hoe around the autumn raspberries though, but just pulled weeds out by hand carefully as I don’t want to hurt the raspberry roots. We also had an excellent piece of advice from a fellow allotmenteer who kindly said that we didn’t need to put a cage round the raspberries as the birds don’t take that many – so we only need to cage round the currants and gooseberries etc which makes the task a lot easier when we do that – so thank you for that!

All in all, a very satisfying allotment session, and I can’t wait to see what’s grown next time we go!

Anne Brooke Books