Allotment Gluts part 2 – being organised!

I’m not as bad as I think I am. I can’t be, or I couldn’t have made all those cakes for the allotment cake sale, and done a full week’s work, and worked on my monstrous plot, could I?

We had a great time yesterday, cakes were sold, new names learned (and nearly as swiftly forgotten, sorry if I was calling you Pat when you’re Pam or Joe when you’re James!) and crops swapped – we got given runner beans, which we aren’t growing this year by our new neighbours and gave sweetcorn, of which we have much to somebody else.

Mind you, that doesn’t reveal what didn’t get done: the ironing pile taller than a prize-winning sunflower, the family fed on toasted sandwiches for another week, (Joanna, Mum’s glut recipe is a deep secret for now, but could be appearing next year – wait and see!) the weeds sprouting on plot 201 where the bindweed has twined further up the bean poles than the beans have, and the overstock corner has become a wilderness of rampaging courgettes, borlotti escapology and gone-to-seed pak choi.

Still, I’m trying not to think about it. Instead I am planning my winter crops – our winter radish are absolutely huge already, so I won’t be sowing any more for a month or so, which pushes them to the edge of sowability, our Brussels are once again rubbishy but our purple-sprouting broccoli looks marvellous. The asparagus bed is worrying me, as next year is the first harvestable year and this year three of the nine crowns didn’t show … do I replace them now, or wait until next year and see if they come good? My reference books are remarkably silent on this (possibly a little specialised) question. I think I might try banging in some chard, although we’re not terribly fond of it, to take the place of the Brussels sprouts in our winter menus. It's all a bit of a rush, to be honest ... but then, isn't it always?

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Monday, August 16, 2010


Blogger Joanna said...

Oh and I was hoping for another way to use up the gluts I have. I have been cutting and stacking hay with hubby all week and I dread to think what monsters are out there.

August 16, 2010 at 12:15 PM  
Anonymous said...

I'm currently going thought the what can I put in for winter stage...I have always had a bare plot over the winter except for my brussels and broccoli....this year I want to have stuff to now I have to start researching!!

August 17, 2010 at 1:32 AM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

Joanna, there will be recipes, I promise!

Tanya - we're going for: winter radish; chard; purple sprouting; calabrese; Brussels (if we get any) and winter lettuce in the cold frame.

August 19, 2010 at 8:47 AM  

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