First yield of the year and allotment progressMonday, May 23, 2016
The strawberry patch (about 1/6th of the plot) has just had it's netting put up now that the flowers are blooming, pending the first fruits appearing. I have to admit I'm fizzing with excitement about the first soft fruits of the season. Strawberries are the ultimate in edible joy.
I planted out the remaining marigolds, asters and dahlias in the flower bed that C had designated for my plants, behind the raspberries in the fruit plot (our extra half plot). We popped a cage over to stop the rabbits as this plot isn't fenced. Slug bait of course to stop those pesky slugs and snails eating everything...
The asparagus from the plot has been delicious! The first year of a substantial yield, we've eaten some fresh and frozen the rest for soups or to go in a pie. Such curious plants; they erupt with spears so quickly. Quite creepy really when everything else appears to be in slow motion by comparison.
fruit trees now, but for the previous couple of weeks there were flowers adorning their little branches, making the whole mini orchard feel very alive. If we are lucky we might get apples, pears, plums, cherries this year. The thought of it is nice though.
We have three types of corn this year. A babycorn and two regular size sweetcorn which we had to keep apart to avoid cross pollination apparently. Last year some of the sweetcorn had dud corns and it made for unenjoyable eating. Keen not to replicate!
I've planted lots of bulbs and annuals both from seed direct and grown in the greenhouse. My aim is that there is bountiful colour and flowers between the fruit trees, however, my first year's attempt has been somewhat of a steep learning curve. The flowers I transplanted have been ravaged by bunnies so who knows what will eventually flower, but even so, by the end of Autumn all that will come to an end so I plan to pop in some bedding plants to keep up signs of life and colour.
Below: Celery planted out in troughs, sweetcorn next to it.
Peas and beans are all caned up. Watch this space!
So what do you think? Are you inspired to give growing a go? Taking on an allotment is a lot of work, but don't forget, sometimes a half or quarter plot is an option. You can grow plenty if you have a garden, or you can even pop a couple of garden planters on patio or a doorstep, or failing that, a plant pot on a windowsill. Where there's a will, there's a way...
This post is a PR Collaboration and all content and opinions are my own.