This Winter has been kind to the weeds; my allotment is now a sea of green that I have been putting off tackling for a while.
And the inherited raspberry plants that have been nothing but a disappointment since we took on the plot are still waiting to be dug up and replaced with tasty varieties that turned up this week. Looks like I can’t put it off much longer.
I hope to have some time to dig and weed and get on top of the allotment this weekend, but growing a tiny human is hard work!
At least the evenings are staying lighter for longer, just what we need to lift the spirits.
Today I sowed my first seeds for the year, started to draw my plans for the allotment (it will change another thousand times before Summer starts) and ordered my new raspberry canes.
Happy sowing all.
It may be strange to say but I love January! To me it’s the start of the new year, I can plan my garden and allotment, start to look through my collection of seeds and decide what I will use and what I can give away this time. It’s a time for reflection of what went wrong and could have gone better for the previous year and most of all, the hazy fog of Winter blues lifts (for me anyway!).
This year I am going simple. Only planting what me and my slug hunter like to eat, no crops for the sake of it, although there will still be flowers to bring me joy when I need it. Ot will be basic and lovely and my green spaces will be full of all the things I love.
I hope everyone else is looking forward to this year as much as I am.
Happy gardening all.
So, it’s been while since I have spent more than 5 minutes at the allotment, but we have a new addition to the family. Canine, not human. She’s an Old English Sheepdog called Ponyo, 11 weeks old as of Friday and the cutest little thing ever. Even if she does have a liking of chewing on my plant pots.
My sunflowers have finally flowered, and they are beautiful! Not a massive variety, but with nice large orangey petals.
Also since my last visit my gladioli have flowered, lovely and dark blooms. Yum.
And finally some sad news, that lovely strong willow trellis I made for my broad beans was not strong enough to hold the plants up. I found it horizontal on top of my kale – not the best place for it. Maybe I will go with the trend of using scaffolding next season!
And amongst the hoards of weeds, there are some lovely big sweetcorn plants growing.
Courgette count so far: 34
With an onslaught of aphids on the allotment, my poached egg plants (Limnanthes douglasii), couldn’t have started flowering sooner. A cheery plant, often advised by the RHS to encourage children to participate in the garden, at the ripe old age of 23 – I’m still a massive fan. Bring on the hoverflies.
The cucumbers, courgettes and squashes are now really sprinting into summer, with a growth spurt over the last few days, and flowers forming, I’m no longer worried that they won’t make it to fruiting in time.
However the same can’t be said about my aubergine plants which are currently still 7cm high. Hopefully they will get cracking soon.
As we got the allotment in April, and the raspberries (autumn canes) hadn’t been cut, we decided to try an experiment. When looking to see if I could cut them so late I came across a few instances where if the canes are left, they fruit alongside summer fruiting canes. It was worth a try, so we chopped down 4/5 of the canes, leaving around 10 or so plants at their full height from last year, and they have started to fruit!
Next year I do need to mulch and make sure they have a nice comfrey feed, but it’s a good way to stop the 14-day glut often found, with drawers of the freezer quickly filling up with raspberries.
Also note I couldn’t even make it past taking a photo without popping one off, it seems most won’t make it past the allotment threshold.