I wonder how long we’ll continue to add ‘Lockdown days’ to the title? A lot of the restrictions have been relaxed in the U.K., but despite us both being double jabbed, we are continuing to wear a mask and be respectful of the 2m distancing rules. It just seems like the right thing to do. So, back to growing things …
It’s been a bit of an unusual month on Plotdaze land. We have been spending as much time as we could there while trying NOT to engage with the extreme negativity that is stinking the allotment site out. It’s worse than the stench from the pony manure that was delivered a couple of months ago to fertilise the plots, and that’s saying some thing. It stunk! But it has been excellent fertiliser, unlike the negativity and slyness that we wish we could go into, but wouldn’t want to spoil your day. Anyway … we have done our best and our gorgeous plot always looks after us.
We have carrots !! Yes, we actually have some. We have always had bad luck with them and the rotten carrot fly had ended up enjoying them more than us. We planted some seed in a trough and tried to forget about it. We left the trough on a high shelf by one of the composters and did our best to ignore it, just watering it occasionally. We emptied the trough last week had our first proper harvest of baby carrots. Joy!! The Romanescu broccoli has done really well, looks ugly but tastes great as has the beetroot. There’s lots of it, or was, it’s all been eaten. we’re going to plant some more and see if we get anything.
The squash are doing well. We have a lot of Patty Pan, Tromboncino and baby Butternuts starting to sprout. We also have pumpkins! We have never grown any before, as we never had the room. We have started growing one on the compost heap – apparently the heat from the compost helps – and one vine in the ground. The peas have started to come to the the end, we’ve had a good harvest and the courgettes are just being courgettes – the glut crop!
The weather has been, for the U.K. exceptionally hot. We’re not used to these heatwaves! Rain was sparse until the very end of July and then there have been floods in certain area because of the sudden torrential downfalls. We don’t know where we are sometimes.
We post lots of flowery pics over on that Instagram, @plot_daze , if you are interested,and there are other pics on @view_from_a_shed and @view_of_a_shed. We are also on the twits – @plotdaze. Blimey! All of this social media stuff can take up your time. This is our favourite though, our little diary of our time at the plot. We hope you enjoy it too.
We’ll finish off with this picture of a clematis in the orchard. It was bought for £1.00 about three years ago and planted out. Nothing happened for about two years and we chalked it up to us planting it in the wrong place. Look at it now! This just seemed to happen overnight. It loves the apple tree it has wound itself around. The flowers are beautiful and it is non invasive. They just co-exist. Happy together. Not bothering each other. Encouraging each other if you like. Maybe we could all take a leaf (!) out of their books? STAY SAFE. Happy Plotting.