This is a working allotment and it has to provide as many vegetables as possible. It is not an exhibition allotment and I would not suggest that it is something that necessarily should be emulated. It is the way I do things not a way that things should be done. I do a lot of things that are not recommended by the Royal Horticultural Society.
It has been a particularly difficult year due to the unprecedented amount of rain. While this would not be a disaster, the restriction in light levels due to thick clouds has just added to the slow growth of all the plants.
This blog is also a reminder to show me what happened when I experimented or grew something new. It shows me what and where and when I planted things. A reminder that seems more necessary the older I get.
The tomatoes and cucumbers in the greenhouse are growing well, although not as good as last year. I have wound the tomatoes around strings because I cannot be doing with tying them up to canes all the time. It also saves on buying canes. One end of the string is buried under the tomato in the growing medium the other end is tied to a wire.
|Strings tied to a wire stretching across the|
greenhouse June 2012
|July 2012 - shows you how quickly the|
|Two compost heaps.|
|Worm bin by the compost heap|
|Green comfrey bins in the background|
|Small apple tree in comfrey bed|
|Potato bed 2|
|East side of the Raspberries.|
|West side of the Raspberries|
|More Latah tomatoes.|
|Latah tomatoes but will the go red in this |
|Lemon balm and spear mint.|
|Four courgettes will be more than enough.|
|Poor old squashes.|
|Onions from the other end of the rows.|
|Sweet pea and bean bed.|
|Runner beans next to the running water |
|Painted Lady Runner Beans.|
They are planted a little closer together than I usually plant them. This is partly an experiment and partly because I ran out of room.
|Cobra French Climbing Beans|
The Cobra were grown from saved seed as well. Last year they did not do very well because they were devastated by slugs and snails. This year I have been careful to keep slugs and snails off them and they have rewarded me by growing very well.
The sweet peas have grown big but they have lost a great many flowers due to bud drop. Cold, wet weather is not good for sweet pea flowers.
|Nora Holman Sweet Peas|
|Anniversary Sweet Peas|
|Gwendoline Sweet Peas|
|Lizbeth Sweet Pea|
|Angela Ann Sweet Pea|
|Eclipse Sweet Pea|
|Restormel Sweet Pea|
|White Supreme Sweet Pea|
|Honeymoon Sweet Pea|
The brassicas have been attacked by cabbage root fly this year so are not a good as they usually are. I have hoed up soil around the base of the plants to encourage them to form new roots to counter the fly.
They don't look like they have been affected by cabbage root fly but I can assure you they were.
|Calabrese and summer cauliflowers|
|Cauliflowers and cabbages under the mesh.|
|Swede and kohlrabi|
|Kohlrabi is starting to swell up now.|
|Early Onward peas|
|Early Onward peas second sowing.|
|Hurst Green Shaft peas|
You can get a succession of peas in several ways. Firstly from sowing them at different times during the year. Secondly you can use early and main crop varieties that mature at different times. You can use a protective environment like a tunnel cloche and fleece and finally you can use the aspect of the ground. If the ground is sloping towards the north the peas will grow slower than those on a south facing slope. The problem is that no one tells the peas.
|Oskar peas first sowing.|
|Douce Provence Peas|
|Trail of Tears bean|
|Parsnips and lettuce|
|Beetroot and Florence Fennel|
|Webb's Wonderful Lettuce.|
|Poor lettuce and Asparagus pea|
So this is what the allotment is like at the moment. The rain needs to stop so that I can tidy it up a little. Apart from that I will continue to harvest what I can.
All the very best.