Allotment update: first harvest

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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Since my initial allotment post back in April, I've been down there a couple of weekends with Chris to put in some hours keeping it ticking over. As the plot is really Chris' thing, I leave all the good jobs and decisions to him and instead just crack on with the endless weeding that needs to be done and the ground preparation. I swear there is more stone than soil content round here, it's ridiculous.

With the warm temperatures and good amount of rainfall lately things have really shot up no end; it's caught me unawares to a certain extent as I'll have to find a way of harvesting stuff more than once a week. The strawberry patch is going great guns, we've had masses already and they are unbelievably delicious! The peas are running riot (non-sugar snap sadly) so we've had a couple of portions.

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The salad leaves are crying out to be picked so I'd better get a shift on before they get past their best. It's good to see how far things have come in such a short period of time. You can see that the sweetcorn are growing huge, the brassicas are too, the peas and beans are shooting up.

Even the rhubarb plants have sprung into action.

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To my dismay, the fruit trees and soft fruit bushes are not going to fruit this year as they were planted out too late and have not flowered. Chris isn't too fussed or surprised by this but in a way I feel pretty heartbroken, pathetic I know. Might shed a tear over the fruit drought. (the blue sky picture was taken a few weeks ago, as I don't have a more recent one, that was a sunny hot day).

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This little dude scared me by appearing from nowhere!

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The asparagus is weird, I would never have guesses that this weedy looking thing is an asparagus plant, it looks pathetic. We have to let them grow bushy this year if we want to harvest spears next year.

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Our first main year at the allotment seems to be going quite well. It looks like we'll be digging up some salad potatoes soon as well, what a treat.

Do you like my allotment posts or are they a bit yawnbags for your liking?

Sophie

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