June Allotment Tasks

We are planting out our brassicas. Actually, that’s not true. We have already planted out our brassicas, now we are doing all the other things that we need to do to ensure they survive: staking, collaring, and covering. Our cabbages, which will be eaten as spring greens, are in the fleece tunnel to keep the birds off. Our Brussels sprouts were being destroyed by pigeons, but now Himself has strung it and made it almost impossible for a bird bigger than a thumbnail to land anywhere near it. Our purple-sprouting broccoli is growing beautifully in trays and will move into the brassica cage once we’ve killed off all the thistles that have suddenly sprouted there.

We have more leeks than we have allotment! We have three raised beds, one normal bed and a random planting out of leek seedlings into any little piece of ground that seems leek-worthy.

We are sowing: beetroot, carrots, lettuce and radish. And parsnips too, although that’s more for total failure of germination reasons than for successional sowing reasons.

We are harvesting: broad beans, peas and strawberries (at last!)

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Thursday, June 10, 2010


Anonymous allotments4you.com said...

I'm so depressed!!! I have yet to be harvesting ANYTHING...and I did so well this year getting some stuff in the ground...them i worry about the stuff I haven't got in the ground...but when you talk of successional sowing it makes me feel like i still have time to get everything done.....busy, busy, busy!!!

June 11, 2010 at 1:51 PM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

Most crops are pretty tolerant of late sowing, but not so of early sowing. The seed packets tend to focus (quite rightly) on optimum yield, so they suggest time periods and spacings that deliver the most crop in ideal circumstances, but when circumstances are not ideal, later plantings may actually be more successful than ones made at the 'right' time. Relax, sow, enjoy!

June 15, 2010 at 8:10 AM  

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