Allotment harvesting and beds

We’re ready to be judged! The shallots are harvested and laid out in the greenhouse on sacking on top of mesh boxes so that they can cure. The garlic is hanging up in the greenhouse too – it’s ridiculously early this year but definitely ready and if it’s left in the ground too long the cloves start to separate and become less easy to cook with. As well as being ridiculously early it’s large and looks like it will have a great flavour.

Some of the beds are looking very good – the strawberries are still netted because, amazingly, they are still producing, but I anticipate that the net will come off by the end of the weekend and then I’ll lift the straw, weed and leave the bed open for the birds to get in and take out insects that have been lurking.

The sweetcorn is looking good too, as are the soleil courgettes but I don’t want to talk about the ‘wildlife corner’ which is really just shorthand for ‘horrible mess with pond and newts’. We are getting to it – really we are, but it’s a slow process, partly because the previous tenant, or a previous tenant, favoured growing very spiky, spiny, things in this area and then letting them run riot, so it’s a painful process to clear it. Also we don’t want to disturb the wildlife we know we have (including definitely shrews and maybe dormice) newts, loads and loads of butterfly species, bluetits, blackbirds and (sporadically) a pair of nesting wrens.

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Tuesday, July 5, 2011


Blogger Growth Spurts said...

Ooh good luck x

July 5, 2011 at 12:46 PM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

Thank you. We don't know when we'll have the results but it was fascinating to see how entering the competition changed our allotment behaviour: plot #103 has never looked so tidy!

July 11, 2011 at 3:41 AM  

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