This month’s blog is a little late. Apologies. Blame the heat, which has been fierce here in the north of England, well for a few days anyway. We’re sure normal service will resume, although the rain has been sparse and we’re being told to ‘be careful’ with what we’re doing with water. Try telling that to some of our fellow plot holders who think nothing of leaving a hose running so their dog can play in the water … Back to business.
Our allotment site is surrounded on three sides by houses, and on the forth by a park. Very nice. One of the houses was being gutted and everything from the garden was dumped in the alley way between the allotments and the house … including a bench! Being good allotmenteers who believe in recycling and reusing, we jumped on it immediately, and after Ok-ing it with one of the fellas doing the clearing, we carried it to our plot! All it needed was a good brush down and a coat of paint. We’ve placed it along the shadier side of the plot. It’s very peaceful there and more importantly you can’t be hassled by anyone!!Looks good doesn’t it?
Fruit wise, the peaches were amazing. They fell off the tree. Not being used to growing peaches (we really shouldn’t be growing peaches in the north of England, but that’s global warming for you! ) we dithered a bit about when the best time was to pick them. They told us by falling off the branch. Even though there were only five, they tasted amazing. Sweet and ‘peachy’. Gorgeous!
The pear tree has some great fruit on it. For the first time in years we’re actually getting some pears. All of our trees – three of them – died of a type of fire blight. The leaves just turned black. Many of the plot holders lost trees to this. We bought a couple of new ones and planted them away from the orchard. One has fruited the other hasn’t but it is still alive and very healthy looking, so there is hopes for next year.
The brassicas have been AMAZING! Yes, at last our lovely cabbages, broccoli and cauliflower have not been gorged on by the cabbage butterfly caterpillars! The giant green netting tent has worked and it’s been a lot easier to navigate inside it to pick our produce. We’ve never had such good luck with brassicas before. The freezer is nearly full already with our goodies – not wanting to brag or anything but …have a look at these!
The sweetcorn is coming on. We love the look of it on the plot. It really says ‘summer’. The plastic is still up around the base of it. It seems to help in deterring the squirrel ( our nemesis!!!) from helping itself to the cobs. We’ve had a good crop of spuds this year despite the droughty conditions. These had just been picked and washed. The variety is Charlotte. A few minutes after this photo was taken the majority of them were in a pan, boiled, buttered and eaten. Apologies but we couldn’t help it!
We hope you are all doing OK. especially with the heat. Wear a hat, sun cream and drink lots of water.