June 2015

LOVE & TOIL AT THE PLOT

Sweet corn were glad to be planted at last.
Sweet corn were glad to be planted at last.

It’s been a mammoth task planting out the last batch of veggies at the allotment. Not helped by daring to go on holiday, and so to catch up I’ve been putting in all the hours that I possibly can. At last its all in and the list goes like this: Broccoli, Brussels, cauliflower, celeriac, leeks, tomatoes, sweet corn, climbing French beans, courgettes (lemon and Tuscany black), pumpkins (Knucklehead), and butternut squash.

A bit of improvisation with string and bamboo for the squash ladder.
A bit of improvisation with string and bamboo for the squash ladder.

The squash really looked like it needed to climb on something and so I provided a platform from an old seed rack. But that was too high so I devised a ladder made from string and bamboo to help it on its way.

Harvesting now is spinach and lettuce. Strawberries are not long to follow. Broad beans and peas are gaining weight every time I check. Carrots and parsnips didn’t germinate and so I’m ready to sow a fresh batch of carrots. This time I’ll try a sprinkling of fresh compost in the drills.

A bee enjoys a snack on a cosmos bloom.
A bee enjoys a snack on a cosmos bloom.
Cosmos are starting to bloom.
Cosmos are starting to bloom.

My cut flower bed is progressing with cosmos starting to flower. Lupin, lavertera, nigella and poppies all were sown in position and are progressing well.

Phase one!
Phase one!

Building site on the horizon

One depressing situation is that the builders have started on a housing estate in the field next door. It’s been five years since the plans were passed and the allotments fate is in the hands of local land-owners. Mine is phase two of the development but I’m hoping another couple of years before I have to pack up. So I’m making the most of it while I can.

More butts

Spot the water butt!
Spot the water butt!
Hidden but with good access.
Hidden but with good access.

Back home my new water butts stand out like a sore thumbs and so camouflaging resulted in much to-ing and fro-ing and looking from every angle. I’m so pleased with the butts they have already been very productive. Whats more, at the allotment I was given an old butt for free and so am now happy that I have water close by.

Lastly, a succulent wreath I made for Christmas is flowering away and looks so pretty on the potting bench. It’s a little tricky to water and some plants have succeeded where others have failed. Definitely a project that was well worth the effort.

My pretty wreath flowering away in June.
My pretty wreath flowering away in June.

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A blog about my gardening exploits to inspire, even if its looking like its all about go wrong. (Which it does, alot)

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