Allotment update

So … we’re finally harvesting our first greenhouse tomatoes, which are a bit thick-skinned – possibly due to the extremely hot weather we’ve had. We’ve eaten the first of the peppers too, not very sweet but nice and juicy. We have only two courgettes but we’re getting close to glut proportions just from two plants, and we have plenty of excellent beetroot this year, of the Chioggia variety – haven’t tried lifting any of the long-rooted beetroot yet.

The sweetcorn are all fattening up nicely and our second early potatoes are much better than our first earlies were (they were a disaster) so we’re hoping against hope that our maincrops will surprise us.

Our maincrop peas were shortlived and sweet – as soon as the temperature went up, they just stopped flowering so we had only a couple of meals from them, but those meals were delicious.

The heat and dry weather has caused one of our Brussels Sprout plants to blow already which is utterly bizarre, and our purple sprouting broccoli is looking very good in the brassica cage as is the kale outside it.

I emptied two of our compost bins, the one that has been established for a year and ‘dalek’ that we adapted from the Quick Compost method and filled up in the early spring, and mulched the raspberries and currants when we’d finished picking from them. I also put a couple of barrowloads in where we’d taken the first earlies out, but I think it’s going to take a lot more than a bit of compost to improve our soil after so many years of neglect and overuse.

How was everybody else’s garlic this year? Ours was very mediocre I’m afraid. Going to try a softneck variety this autumn I think.

Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Thursday, July 22, 2010


Blogger Joanna said...

I am glad you mentioned the peas giving up due to the hot weather. It is the first time that I have grown maincrop peas as I usually grow a sugar bon type and was rather disappointed in the couple of meals we had out of them. It gives me an incentive to try again.

Our test plots of potatoes on our land showed us one thing which we had been told about, wild pigs like potatoes! An electric fence next year I think!

I will have to get around to trying garlic one day. Problem is that we will have to use supermarket ones unless I can get seeds. Bulbs are hard to get otherwise

July 22, 2010 at 8:50 AM  
Anonymous said...

my garlic wasn't great and although I thought it was due to getting scorched in the fire maybe it was due to the weather as most people are saying the same thing!!

July 22, 2010 at 8:51 AM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

Joanna - pigs! I remember the wild boar (sanglier) in France loved potatoes and just crashed the fence to get through it to the crops on the inside! Somebody did once say that coriander planted round the outside of a potato patch stops the pigs smelling the tubers, but I never tried it out. Would it be illegal to send you some garlic from the UK>

Tanya, glad to hear I'm not alone on the garlic failure front - I thought I was going to get a bumper crop this year.

July 26, 2010 at 4:32 AM  
Blogger Joanna said...

No I don't think it is illegal to send garlic, it is just that often companies refuse to send anything other than seeds

July 26, 2010 at 8:24 AM  

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