Allotment rain – at last, and tasks

Whee! After six weeks of nothing, our first real rain! Sadly, it’s accompanied by howling gales but you can’t have everything. At least our brassicas and lettuce will be getting a real soaking.

And at last we can stop going up every evening to water the peas. Our crop is going to be feeble anyway, we had only half a dozen pea plants and they got horribly wind-scorched before we got the windbreak up, but peas are, to me, the Faberge egg of allotment life – without peas fresh from the pod, the summer’s wasted. Of course we will need to go up again and check their supports, as this kind of wind could knock even a wrought iron terrace flat. They are just about ready for harvesting, so I’m keeping a very beady eye on them.

We’re also watching our radishes, which should be benefitting from this cool weather. We sowed another row last week and they are already showing two leaves, but I always think you can’t have too many radishes (and if you do, you can make cold radish soup, which is called poor man’s gazpacho in our house). As radishes will bolt if it gets too hot, we’re relatively pleased that this sowing is starting off in cool weather, as one school of thought argues that bolting behaviour is not just triggered by hot weather at the time, but may be a predisposition of hot weather at the time of germination. They only need water in July, never feeding.

And at the end of the month we’ll be sowing winter radish, spreading out the sowing period from late July to early September to ensure a supply over a long timeframe.

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Monday, July 7, 2008


Anonymous Simon Kirby said...

I know what you mean about peas, but they are hard to grow. The mice and slugs had most of mine and what were left got swamped by weeds so I gave up and pulled the lot up. I've got some seed left so I wonder if it's too late for this year.


July 8, 2008 at 2:02 PM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

Peas are not tolerant I'm afraid, and yes, it's almost certainly too late - the problem is with pollinators, who won't be flying around now, so you probably won't get pods ...

July 10, 2008 at 4:41 AM  

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