The Allotment Wife


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Astilbe mountain and a sneaky tayberry

We decided to move the eight astilbes from the allotment today and plant them up in a suitable corner at home. They’ve not been very good cut flowers but will look lovely in the borders, I think. Always nice to have autumn colour in the garden, though of course they’ve been blooming since summer.

Astilbes

Not so many flowers to collect this week, but K has harvested some more Sarpo potatoes (great for being blight resistant but the taste is rubbish – so good for a general vegetable soup!), and the courgettes are doing well.

Harvest

We also harvested more autumn raspberries to add to tomorrow’s apple crumble and – as you can see above – we discovered a couple of tayberries we forgot we planted! Didn’t think they’d crop this year, but it’s nice to see a flash of red amongst the gold in the soft fruit patch. They’re quite sharp but will be brilliant in pudding.

And also, much to our surprise, a couple of late sunflowers have just bloomed, which is wonderful. Sorry, I forgot to take a photo, but will try to remember next time.

We’ve also taken 100 daffodil bulbs down to the allotment to join the others that are already there from earlier this year, but need to think which beds to put them in. There’s space in the astilbe area now!

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A new allotment year

On the allotment for the first time in 2015 today – we possibly would have turned up sooner but we’ve both succumbed to the virus this Christmas/New Year so just about on the mend now. Whilst there, I hoed the raised beds and the soft fruit area, and K planted a new tayberry – it won’t fruit this year, but should be okay for 2016.

Tayberry 1 4 Jan 2015 Tayberry 2 4 Jan 2015

Being a more than enthusiastic fan of the Brussels sprout, I harvested another plant for Sunday lunch, and very nice it’s been too!

Sprouts 4 Jan 2015

That means there’s one more plant left to harvest, but we’ve ordered some more so hopefully there’ll be a fresh crop later in the year. I love my sprouts!

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