Category Archives: Allotment

Mostly Squash

So a couple of trips to the allotment plus my probably-not-going-to-make-it aubergines in the greenhouse. I just got going too late so even though I’ve had healthy plants I didn’t plant them early enough to actually develop big enough fruit.

Otherwise it’s mostly squash. As per last year they have taken over the allotment, and I keep finding them. I planted lots of smaller varieties so they would be easier to cook. Also I’ve just planted some mustard and normal spinach and winter salad crops, plus scabious in Salmon Pink, Black Cat & Drumstick in the greenhouse.

No pics yet but I am also on the case with bulbs for next year: Anemone Bordeaux, Tulips Antraciet, Black Hero, Hermitage Double, Royal Acres, Greenstar, Virichic, Tres Chic Salmon Impression, some gladioli, lilies, camassia – some are in, but some I’m hoping to plant tomorrow weather permitting!

Too Hot / Squashed

Ok it’s too hot. Too hot for posting blog posts. Too hot for gardening. Too hot to care about football (sorry did I say that out loud – what can I say – I support Scotland!). Too hot to sleep.

Anyway, I’ve been foolishly trying to build raised beds – although unfortunately the large one has turned up hopelessly warped, and the others’ quality is questionable….

I’ve built the first one with the aid of a mallet, I’ve squashed my squash plants into it for now. My garlic is drying out, my peas and beans are now almost over, although I might have to try for a second flush of peas….

I suspect if the heat continues my posts will also be a bit sporadic. Normal service will resume when the usual English weather returns. 😉

Allotment plus pretty pics of Sissinghurst…

So I’ve been super busy so this is a bit of catch up post. A few pics from the garden (wisteria / lily), and greenhouse / allotment progress. I have neglected the allotment (a lot) but it turns out it doesn’t really need me – all the plants I put in (peas / sweetcorn / dahlia/ beans / cabbages) seem to be surviving just fine, even though it has been quite dry.

Some more pics of the allotment – and Sissinghurst Gardens – pretty obvious which is which – lol! Hope to have some film pics of the trip too…

Allotment Restart

Somehow I just haven’t been going to the allotment. Weather, travelling for work, just not feeling in the mood etc etc….

I finally got there to discover my sprouting broccoli had gone to seed, and I’d grown an excellent crop of fat slugs and healthy weeds 😦 .

Also my netting had split, and the rhubarb has taken over (aka Day of the Triffids).

So I’m starting again. Loving my raised beds which are easy to weed and already warming up. The main clay soil is still wet and heavy so I’m thinking of investing in some more raised beds.

I’m also upgrading the paths with wood chips – it turns out there is a free pile so I’m putting the chips on top of last year’s weed suppressing fabric.

I’ve “sewn” my netting back together and harvested some of the (quite sharp) rhubarb for a compote. I’ve planted some more broad beans as not all my autumn batch have germinated.

Meanwhile the seeds are coming along at home. It’s nice to be moving again.

 

Progressing / seeds & some blossom

So I’ve planted the following seeds, still running late, but hey-ho spring is running late so I reckon it should be ok….

Vegetables:

Tomatoes: Sugar Plum, Tigerella, Costoluto di Fiorentino, Gardeners Delight

Aubergine: Prosperosa, Patio Mix F1, Slim Jim

Tuscan Kale

Squash: Early Butternut, Winter Uchiki Kuri, Spaghetti Squash, Crown Prince, Red Kuri, Munchkin

Flowers:

Icelandic Poppy, Craspedia, Blue Lace Flower, Brachyscome, Rhodochiton Purple Bells, Agastache aurantiaca Navajo, Echinacea pallida, Aquilegia Lime Sorbet, Globe Thistle, the beautifully named Irish Poet, Gaura The Bride.

Also a few pics of the garden in spring.