Allotment improvements and longest days

On 21 June, being the longest day, I thought it was a good idea to take some pictures, especially as we put in a mammoth day on the allotment, although I spent a fair bit of it sitting in chair doing nothing, as I’m having to pace myself.

The plot is looking more organised, apart from the top right corner, which I’ve conveniently not included in this picture and which needs strimming and then will be rotavated – no double digging for that bit of plot, as I’m not allowed to dig for quite a while yet!

The celeriac are doing marvellously.
They did look like this when planted out in early May, but the plastic mulch and copious watering now mean that they gladden the heart of anybody (like me) who enjoys summer crops but is totally fixated on winter ones and on getting enough cold weather veggies established to ensure that she never has to run to the supermarket to buy some hideously overpriced and tasteless rubbish just to have food to put on the table.

And so now they look like this ...

We also planted out our Brussels sprouts, which had a bit of a late start this year. We have five red and the rest are ordinary green (don’t ask what happened to the other red ones, Himself will get upset if you do) and I think we have a row to plant up on 235 too, although I’m not sure if they like Brussels sprouts or if they are the ‘ugh, how disgusting’ type of people. Did you know that it’s genetic? Around a third of the population have a gene that makes cruciferous vegetables taste more bitter than to the rest of us, so if your little darling won’t eat Brussels, it’s probably not his or her fault. Anyway, I don’t want to impose a row of Brussels on them if they don’t like them so I shall wait to find out.

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Tuesday, June 23, 2009


Blogger tpals said...

Love the pictures. When do you harvest celeriac?

June 23, 2009 at 6:43 AM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

Well, they say that it can be stored after harvesting, like carrots, but I usually try to keep them in the ground as long as possible. They will be ready around September but in fairly free draining soil can stay in the ground for harvesting as needed.

I shall put a stake in the middle of the bed and drape fleece over the top to try and keep out most frosts, and from September on, I shall put some straw round the bottom of the plants to insulate them.

If the weather gets really harsh and I have to harvest them in bulk I will peel, chop and blanch them and put them in the freezer.

June 26, 2009 at 3:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you don't have to blanch them they freeze perfectly well without :) happy eating :)

August 4, 2009 at 6:59 AM  

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