|The allotment from the car park.|
After quite a difficult beginning of the year, I have eventually filled the allotment and am getting some good crops. The Victoria plum tree had canker in its trunk but under the canker it threw out a water shoot. I decided to take the top of the tree down to the water shoot and allow this to become the main shoot of the tree. The plum was quite large and over shadowed quite an area of ground which I have now recovered for vegetables. It meant that I could plant the runner beans where they would not have thrived otherwise. I have four good gooseberry bushes alongside the path but they do not have any fruit on them because the pigeons have stripped them completely. The gooseberries that I have netted all have a really good crop. The green netting around the runner beans was to protect them from the cold winds in May but I have left it on because it helps to direct the beans to the canes so that they can climb up, I put some seed in the ground but the germination was very poor because of the cold weather. I put some seed in pots in the greenhouse and they all came well. I have about six different varieties in this row. The more diverse the varieties the more likely you are to get one that will crop really well for you.
|Runner beans and tall peas|
|Opal plum tree and climbing french beans.|
I made some cane pyramid supports for four different french beans. I didn't want full rows of them although I do have full rows of another two varieties. All these seeds I saved from last year's plants together with some that were given to me. I have bought no bean seeds this year. There is a small row of dwarf french beans under the fleece. The fleece is primarily there to keep the pigeons off.
|Fan trained red currant against the compost area pallets.|
There is a good row of Onward peas in the background. These are the only row of bought seed that have done well. I sowed the seed in the ground this year but the germination was very poor. I will go back to sowing them in sectioned trays in the greenhouse next year. There is a clump of Alstromeria aurea on the corner of the compost pallet. This is getting in the way a bit and I will transplant it into another spot in the autumn, There is one of the bay trees that I grew from a cutting in the foreground. I thought that it might get cut back by the frost but it does not seem to have been affected even slightly.
|View along the main trackway|
|Compost bins in the compost area.|
|Broad beans and mange tout peas.|
|Carrots under the enviromesh.|
The carrots have been sown under the enviomesh to keep the carrot root fly away from the plants. It is a bind when you need to weed them but the only way if you want a good crop of carrots.
|Cardoon or globe artichoke?|
|Beetroot, chard, spinach, rocket, Florence fennel and good king Henry. |
|Sorrel, parsnips and carrots under the scaffold netting frame.|
|Dad's little pear tree.|
|Herbs along the path.|
|Behind the sage and he lupins is a Christmas Pearmain and Court of Wick grafted apple.|
|I have decided that this is a James Grieves apple.|
|Ribstone Pippin apple espalier.|
|Another of Dad's pear trees. I don't really know the name of this one but I always call it a|
|Potatoes have grown quite big. The compost that I put on the soil seems to have made|
|Looking down the line of espaliers to the peach greenhouse.|
|Looking back at the fan trained white currant.|
|Peaches on the peach tree.|
|Kestrel potatoes on the grow bed on the other side of the path.|
|Poor old Mosses seedling not thriving.|
|The loganberries' and blackberries' new canes are tied up to stop them getting too untidy.|
|Onions and leeks under the netting to prevent infection by leek miner fly.|
|Onions, red onions and shallots under scaffold netting.|
|A good crop of blackcurrants.|
|The row of large blackcurrants.|
|Newton Wonder apple espalier.|
|More sweet peas.|
|The fan trained red currant trained to the side of the shed.|
|Fan trained gooseberry on the shed.|
|Lots of berries on the bush.|
|Lettuces in the cold frame.|
|Cucumber and melons on the slabs, cherry|
tomatoes on the staging and celeriac underneath.