Category Archives: Allotment

More allotmenting….

I’ve noticed that my allotment doesn’t look like everyone else’s…. it’s more of a riot really…

Anyway I press on. Some of the sweetcorn have two cobs coming: so exciting! The pumpkin is growing lots of pumpkins everywhere. I’m slightly in awe of it’s productivity. Rasps have finally grown a bit more. Still no courgettes – I have bought more compost. Beans are coming. The weeds are also doing very well. Artichokes are looking beautiful, and I even have an aubergine coming (pic to follow). Feeling slightly overwhelmed now. Anyway – more pics of produce soon.

The benefits of imperfection, and a little walk

It has been a strange few allotment weeks. I ventured back down there, to find most things have grown a lot…. especially the weeds, but better still the pumpkin (the plant, if not the pumpkins, is about 10ft across) and the rhubarb. Some things still have not taken off. The peas had gone over, but the sweetcorn plants are now taller than me!

Some weird allotment politics also going on – who knew. I have brought a cordless strimmer to finish off the half mown path. Plus the judgement against failures. This is somewhat annoying – I just want to say – people it’s just an allotment, let’s keep it all in perspective. After all, that’s the joy of gardening, and growing in general. Some things work, some things don’t, you learn, you remember what is important and what isn’t. A bit of imperfection is acceptable, in life, and in allotments.

Maybe it’s the heat… anyway here are some nice green pics. Also a little walk near home, so a few extra photos, including the burnt log which I quite liked. More soon…. as it’s taken me a few days to pluck up the courage to post this!

Allotment update

A few catch up photos. I’ve not been well, so barely tending the place. Happily it’s been raining. I’m going to go again this weekend, and imagine the weeds are now triffid-like in size. The pumpkin has gone crazy and is taking over. The courgettes are not thriving at all. I am going to swap the compost in the winter – I am sure this is the problem. I’m very excited about the sweetcorn – this is the healthiest batch I’ve ever grown!

Too many slugs

Not happy – come back from hols to discover the slugs have been busy with my beans. I have now resorted to slug pellets. Yuk, but necessary. Some of my courgettes are very yellow too. Not too sure what the problem is with that yet. I’m going to plant more beans.

On the positive, the rhubarb is looking a lot better, and the peas are on their way. 🙂

 

Allotment catch up

As we’ve been away I’ve fallen behind a bit on my allotment posts. So this is a bit of a round up 🙂 .

Firstly I got hold of some collapsable raised beds from Primrose for the beans. I have hung a climbing net from the scaffold poles left by the previous occupants, so they would have something to climb up. The sweetcorn has also gone in. And some Globe Artichokes. Oh and I’ve put the tagetes in between the beans to ward of black fly.

Mick also gave me some savoy cabbages so I’ve put those in with the other brassicas.

In the garden I’ve been potting on, with quite a bit more to go.

I was feeling very smug.

Mmm – not so smug now! When I next went to put in my replacement raspberry canes (Tulameen), I discovered that all my Butternut squash, and half my pumpkins had been eaten by the slugs 😮 .

I have protected the pumpkins with cloches for now, and got some copper tape to see I can could limit the damage. I also ordered some firmer copper bands which will stand up on their own and are reusable (but much more expensive). Anyway – enough for now, but more soon.