Harvest happiness

This is the first year that 201 has been what I consider to be productive. Okay, it’s only the second summer we’ve spent on this plot, and I advise everybody else to assume three years before you can feel confident about productivity, but those rules don’t apply to me!

So yesterday we harvested:

• Potatoes, red and white maincrops
• Sweetcorn (delicious beyond expression)
• Beetroot (long rooted, not globe)
• Carrots
• Summer cabbage
• Salad onions
• Kale
• Cucumber (small and ugly, but a cucumber nonetheless!)
• Winter radish

And we also had a trug full of blackberries and gooseberries.

Not bad eh?

On the other hand, our Brussels sprouts appear to be too big and some of them are already blowing sprouts – I have no idea why we are so prone to this on 201. We have put up windbreaks, planted with collars, hammered down the soil until it’s almost impossible to break it up again afterwards, limed … and still we get Brussels sprouts like David Austin roses! Any ideas, you clever people?

OH has a magnificent crop of sunflowers this year too. The allotment site has a sunflower competition to judge this week (children only, so he won’t be in the running for a prize) and on Sunday I was one of the judges for the onion competition. We had thirteen entries this year, a big increase on the four we had last year, but this year’s winning onion was a little smaller than last year’s because of the dry weather, I suspect, keeping the size down because the layers weren’t as plump, although the weight was comparable.

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Monday, August 9, 2010


Anonymous allotments4you.com said...

well it all seems to be going well for you...I am jealous of your sweetcorn...mine isn't ready yet but my mouth waters at the thought of it!!

August 10, 2010 at 12:16 AM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

Tanya - this is the earliest we have ever had corn ripen. I think the fleece has helped a bit, as it's trapped warmth for a couple of hours in the evening, so that the kernels haven't chilled so quickly overnight, which seems to have encouraged swift ripening. We have watered a lot this year too.

August 12, 2010 at 4:46 AM  

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