Friday, 10 July 2015

A wander around my allotment site in July

Allotment plot JulySunshine again after all the storms. The allotment survived the hailstorm and no ones shed got hit by lightning forks but perhaps I better check and take a walk around the allotment plots and ensure all is ok........
lettuce varieties An enviable lettuce selection from a plot neighbour. This type of leafy display is on the list for next year at Plot 12 (mine) for definite. Many different styles of allotment plots -some just growing a few crops, some with regimented lines, others like mine - a hotchpotch of vegetables, a few flowers and a smattering of herbs.allotment plot New plot neighbours working hard to clear overgrown spaces that they have taken on board half way through the growing season. Some fellow allotmenteers that I hardly see at all but I know they come, for I see the changes: a patch of weeds removed, a freshly sown line of seed or a watering can left quickly as the rain appeared.raised beds I've been harvesting a regular beetroot supply this year, small ones first to thin out the row but they will be great for a chutney or in a salad. It's currently my favourite veggie and a beetroot risotto with Cheshire cheese is a perfect supper. beetroot Clearly the winner for tidiest allotment plot. A newcomer that has dedicated a lot of time to growing perfection. But then I actually prefer rambling and rustic...allotment shed Sweet peas that are for the taking to encourage more flowers. Right next to the small car park so just before I go home, I take a small posy to fill my living room with sweet perfume.sweet peas Sometimes you find a small child growing near the cabbage patch.allotment childThe flowers across the plots, buffering the trenches of potatoes and decorating corners of compost heaps: fancy poppies and lots of lupins, foxgloves, nasturtiums and honeysuckle. On my own plot I have successfully grown (so far) some sunflowers (aside from one) and gladioli that I'm waiting to bloom. Until then I'll be enjoying the walk back to the car past these lovelies.  Wonder if I can cadge some of those seed pods for next year? A swap maybe?red double poppies lupins at the allotment Sadly not my tomatoes as yet in the photo, mine are still in yellow flower but in another month's time there should be red fruit. It still amazes me how quickly growth happens, I must remember to give them a feed this weekend. tomatoes growingFrom peas climbing bamboo canes, delicate white flowers amongst developing pods  and runner beans entwining their way up and up. Some are ready, some still have a few weeks to flesh out. I've had some broad beans so far, I thought I'd have none when the blackfly descended. Literally covered!peas growing Coming home today are new potatoes, radish, lettuce, beetroot and some garlic. Next time I will be harvesting lots of summer fruits, oooh what to make - puddings, jam, pancakes, some with yoghurt or cereal in the morning. I find having an allotment encourages me to be more creative with our family meals. mini allotment harvest With that in mind I am encouraged to do a big patch of weeding, in with the fork and digging up strings of couch grass and the odd long vine of bind weed. The plot is looking better but there's a long way to go with the raspberries choked up with long grass and a huge pile of weeds to take to the tip.allotment flowers Hopefully soon I can show you my pumpkin patch, can't wait! Courgettes too are starting to form so it won't be long at all until there will be a complete glut of them across the site and you won't be able to escape without somebody offering a marrow because they've blinked and they've all overgrown.pink sweet peasThe grape vine is covering the arch now ans there are teeny tiny grapes on there, still to ever succeed with this but perhaps this will be the year. If anything, this year I will attempt some stuffed vine leaves. honeysuckle
I don't know what I would do without this space to escape to. Even if I'm dealing with weeds and pests, slug eaten strawberries and mysteriously disappearing sunflowers, I'm still delighted by all the positives too - potatoes like uncovering treasure, fresh lettuce leaves, a reduction in my food bill, feeling healthy getting some fresh air and exercise and a free afternoon's activity at the weekend. I love my little plot. foxgloves
{How Does Your Garden Grow? at Mammasaurus - click on the pic below for lots more lovely summer flowers}
Mammasaurus

23 comments:

Twinsplustwo said...

Your allotment looks fantastic! Really well organised and with great variety! My friend has a large allotment and has just started her own produce business.

Monika said...

So beautiful! You are actually tempting me to get an allotment. I love that you mix some flowers in there to bring home.

JuggleMumBlog said...

I'm not green fingered at all but I do appreciate a nice looking allotment and lovely flowers! You've done well there:-)

Beautyqueenuk said...

Oh wow, how beautiful, it looks so serene and calms x

Bek B said...

I love how healthy your allotment looks. Beetroot risotto sounds delicious.

Mellissa Williams said...

This allotment looks like heaven. I bet it is so satisfying to have grown your own veg. www.thediaryofajewellerylover.co.uk

Mammasaurus said...

First up I am loving your plot neighbours style with the random lettuce planting - it looks good and would be good for someone like me who gets really stressy if I try and sow something in a line only for it to grow wonky ;)
The allotment looks great and I love the sweet peas (predictable me!) It looks like hard work, but the rewarding kind - thank you for joining in and sharing m'lady x

Hannah Wood said...

Wow this is stunning you have sure kept it so well.

Erica Price said...

Your allotment looks like it's really coming along. We found ours too much so I'm in awe.

Michelle Ordever said...

Allotments are fab! Yours looks amazing - and you're growing some really lovely crops too. I love tomatoes fresh from the vine, they taste so different from the ones you buy in the supermarket. I can't wait to see your pumpkin patch! We've grown pumpkins at home a few times over the years! x

Jen Walshaw said...

We have four small beds in our garden and love it, My best friend has an allotment and in the summer her hubby is up around 5am and goes to the allotment before work! I grew up on allotments, my grandad and parents had two.

Sarah Bailey said...

What a stunning looking place! I can imagine it is just beautiful walking along the river.

Ness said...

What a fabulous sight at this time of year. I can't wait until we finally get our own allotment.

chickenruby said...

i love the idea or order, but i'm more of a rambling kind when it comes to gardening. The lettuce varieties look amazing grown together

Sarah Bailey said...

Oh wow what a beautiful looking allotment I bet all the produce tastes amazing. x

Gretta Schifano said...

How wonderful to grow your own veg. My parents and in-laws all grow some delicious stuff but we've never managed to in our garden, except for herbs.

pinkoddy said...

My haven't you got green fingers! A very inspiring allotment indeed. I bet it all (not that I imagine you are eating the flowers) tastes delicious.

Kara said...

It all looks very organised and pretty. I wish I had the patience to do something like this

Oana79 said...

It sounds like bliss, I tried to keep a plot once but then I got pregnant with Emma and things got out of hand :-)! Beautiful photos and what a bountiful crop of freshness to take home!xx

Galina V said...

Fab allotment, you are so organised. Our garden is like a jungle. Do you use beet leaves in cooking? They are great in soups.

sonya said...

So many pretty and tasty looking things! We moved at the end of March to a house with a garden, and am so looking forward to planting a bit more veg next year - we were to slow for most stuff, though our tomatoes are coming on nicely!

Charly Dove said...

How glorious, what a fabulous allotment. It looks so lush with all those flowers and that yummy looking veg. Gorgeous :)

lisa prince said...

i also have an allotment, its the end (other half ) of my garden and I have cut i off and gave it to the community centre to have them enjoy it , i am not so green fingured

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