Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Yikes!

We hadn't been up to the allotment for a few weeks and as there's hardly been any rain for over a month I was expecting everything to be shrivelled and sad.
Instead of wilted plants and dead seedlings we were met by spinach beet trees and an overgrown plot!

Allotment May 2011

The spinach beet survived the winter and the recent warm weather has sent it berserk. We spent most of the morning digging up the old plants, harvesting the leaves and clearing space for new seeds. As you can see the spinach beet is taller than the Jerusalem Artichokes. We replanted a few of last years tubers and swapped some with someone else on the site for some borage. I don't know what to do with borage...yet...

Allotment May 2011

Our neighbour hasn't been the most attentive plot holder and has given up his strip so lots of the weeds on his site have spread to ours. Next time we're up we will clear some of it to keep the weeds at bay. We might also take his home made crucifix down.

Allotment May 2011

As well as the spinach beet we harvested lots of lettuce leaves, carrots and chard and sowed some broad beans, runner beans and mange tout. The plot is loads clearer now so next weekend we'll crack on with more sowing and hopefully less weeding.

Allotment May 2011

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

3 words

Blooming...

September 2010

over...

September 2010

...grown!!!
September 2010

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Busy, busy, cucumber

I've been too busy to find time to blog recently but we have been finding time to visit the allotment a couple of times a week. Today we had our first cucumber!

Sunday, 20 June 2010

Magic!

Just six weeks ago the allotments looked like this...

The view from our plot

...now they look like this.

17th June 2010

The allotment site has been entered in the London in Bloom contest which will be judged on 16th July. At first I found this unsettling and make me look at my planting in a different way as I can get competitive if the subject matter is right. Rather than long term plans I was thinking what would look good in a few weeks time. I've decided to ignore the competition and carry on as I am. While winning would be lovely it doesn't put food on my plate.

Pottering, poking, plotting

Today we shared our first strawberry...

20th June 2010

...marvelled at how quickly things are growing, including the pepper...

20th June 2010

...wondered about potato flowers and pottered and poked around the plot.

20th June 2010

We harvested more pea shoots, coriander, spinach beet and pak choi which went into a Thai Tom Yam soup for tea, adding our bounty at the very end for maximum taste and freshness.

I sowed some garlic chives, rocket and lovage seeds as well as planting some seedlings from our flat which I think are courgettes but I'm not 100% certain. Some of the courgette seeds I sowed on Thursday were showing their first leaves but there was no sign of the patty pans so I'll see if the ones in the propagator germinate in the next few days.

Most things are growing well, the sweetcorn had doubled in size since Thursday but my beans look peaky. The tomatoes and peppers have a slightly yellowish hue to them so I'll try feeding them next time I'm at the plot. I made some nettle tonic a few weeks ago which stinks but is worth a try. The only problem is we've been borrowing our neighbours watering can and I don't want to stink it out.

I also need to read up on spuds as I don't know if they should be allowed to flower or how to tell when they are ready. I had a poke around the roots last week but didn't spot any spuds.

We also found some cupboard doors at the entrance to the allotments which we've nabbed and will turn into a cold frame once the spuds have been harvested.

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Places to buy plants in London

I'm not sure if I've mentioned it but we don't have a car. I like being car free but it does make getting plants, canes and kit to the allotment that little bit harder. I've been exploring where to buy plants in my vicinity so every so often I'll write about where I've been using public transport.

One of the fellow allotmenters is a wheel chair user so she is more limited than us in terms of access and transport availability, the tube is not wheelchair friendly which is appalling. Luckily we have good bus routes in London so if she mentions where she went by bus I'll let you know.