Plot 201 harvest

The last of the peas coincided with the first of the blackberries – now it might just be me, but I seem to remember these two events were widely separated in time when I was a child!

Anyway, travelling between 103 and 201 is a lesson in productivity. On 103, which hasn’t been worked for years, we have harvested some gooseberries and some redcurrants. On 201, which also hadn’t been worked for years, but has been intensively dug, manured, composted, fertilised, dug again, planted, watered, weeded and harvested for two years, by us, we harvested:

• Second early potatoes (not very good ones, as we have eelworm in this part of the plot, we now know)
• Blackberries
• Raspberries
• Alpine strawberries
• Yellow and green courgettes
• Spring cabbage (hearting up nicely this year)
• Salad onions
• Beetroot.

Not all our crops are of the quality we would like – our potatoes have been tragic this year, and it just goes to show that soil can be highly variable. Our harvest was better in the first year than the second, even though in the second year we were planting into an area that had beans and peas in year one, but it turns out that the former plot owner had left a crop of potatoes in the ground there, and for several years those potatoes went volunteer and that brought the eelworms and depleted the soil, so a year of legumes wasn’t going to be enough to restore it to health and vitality. And that’s a bit of a worry, because it means that we have two more areas of plot to explore for potato potential, and they could turn out to be awful as well, which we might have some potato-free years ahead until we get the soil right …

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Thursday, July 29, 2010


Anonymous Damo said...

The cabbage looks good, I've got huge solid hearts on mine but too busy eating courgettes and squash to harvest them!

August 1, 2010 at 10:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You could grow your spuds in 17 litre "polypots", basically very sturdy black plastic bags. I've used them for a few years. The crop probably isn't as big as grown in the ground, but the potatoes are a lot cleaner. Available from LBS garden warehouse.

August 8, 2010 at 4:51 PM  

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