Allotment crops and planting 23 May

At last a harvest after the hungry gap!

Not much of a harvest, but the broad bean tops were delicious, we pulled the potatoes we’d been growing in the greenhouse and some of the carrots too – it was all very good. Our marina de Chioggia has also decided it’s time to flower, which is great; I’m not a huge fan of squashes etc but this one is apparently a very good keeper so I’m hoping that it’ll provide some colour and flavour in our diet into the winter.

The weekend’s sunshine brought many things to life: blackfly and greenfly, bluebottles and wasps were all in evidence on 201. We saw the fox cubs too, as we were watering at about nine at night. That wasn’t entirely intentional – as everybody who rents an allotment turned up on Sunday, the queue for the water tap was extreme and while we watered everything else with watering cans, it’s just impossible to irrigate a 2.5 rods of potatoes that way!

So … the first sweetcorn are in, with a good windbreak around them, the next lot need me to paint a windbreak for them before they can be installed. The borlotti beans are belting their way out of their pots and will soon need to be planted out, and the sweet peas finally seem to be putting on a growth spurt. If only the warmth lasts for a few days, we might start to see some pollination and burgeoning and all those other things that should have been happening weeks and weeks ago.

And we finally got the ‘other’ leeks planted, in the standard fashion. We have three beds of leeks, the rest just get shoved in wherever we find a gap: bed 1 is Andi Clevely style, bed 2 is standard ‘dig a deep hole, plant the leek in it, fill and water’ and bed 3 is an interim kind of bed: it has leeks planted in a deep hole, filled and watered, but also has a newspaper mulch topped with grass clippings in the Andi Clevely style – I shall weigh and measure leeks in all three beds and find out which system worked best for us.

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Tuesday, May 25, 2010


Anonymous said...

I want to carry on following your blog but you have no follow button,,,how do I do this?? I have missed all these latest posts so will be catching up with you over the next few days.

May 26, 2010 at 9:22 AM  
Anonymous said...

hope the leeks do well....the sweetcorn is looking very nice...I nearly lost mine to a late frost but it has recovered nicely and I will be planting out this weekend. A long with a lot of other planting I should think!!

May 26, 2010 at 9:29 AM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

Hi Tania, we're looking into the 'follow' issue - we sort of thought that the followers would just be migrated along with the blog - obviously not!

Sweetcorn is holding up, but we've got strong winds now and I'm worried that it might get windscorch, even with the fleece screening. It's a never ending process, trying to keep crops happy!

May 28, 2010 at 2:54 AM  

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