June allotment tasks

OH spent a lot of the Bank Holiday weekend planting out borlotti beans while I planted the sweetcorn. This year we are have only dwarf borlottis, after the difficulties we had harvesting the tall ones last year, so it will be interesting to compare the crop yield on the shorter variety compared to the eight foot ones.

We are growing two kinds of sweetcorn this year: both F1 hybrids – Lark and Swift. After a few years of learning how to manage corn on a windy Sussex site, we’ve got our system down to a series of tactics that seem to work well. We raise sweetcorn in the greenhouse, planting it out when it’s about six inches tall in raised beds. The beds are surrounded by a couple of feet of horticultural fleece to keep the strong winds off the plants while they are still small and the soil between the plants is mulched with newspaper to keep down weeds and keep in moisture. In late June we top the newspaper with a layer of straw which changes the albedo of the surface, reflecting light back up into the plant – corn, especially the supersweets, needs a lot of light and some warmth to pollinate, so anything we can do to help it be productive is good.

We came home with a trug full of salad from our agricube, some onion and carrot thinnings, loads of strawberries, the last of the rhubarb, broad beans, peas and some overwintered onions that needed to be lifted. Not bad for June!

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Wednesday, June 6, 2012


Blogger Joanna said...

You have a lot more than I do for June but then again our spring is way behind. The only thing I am ahead of is the sweetcorn but that was planted in a box in situ with a plastic lid. I took it off today and replaced with fleece because they have got too big for the plastic yet it is still cool at nights.

I tried Borlotti beans last year and I thought I should have just nipped the ends sooner, now I realise they were just the super tall ones. Where did you get your Borlotti beans from?

June 6, 2012 at 12:42 PM  
Blogger 5olly said...

we lost all our beans in yesterday's storm. Summer storms by the coast are never good.

June 9, 2012 at 12:14 AM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

Joanna, our dwarf borlottis were Jamie Oliver seed and now we're saving seed from them.

5olly - that's bad news, but I think if you resow now in situ, you'll still get a harvest. What kind of beans?

June 12, 2012 at 2:17 AM  

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