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Early starts

We’ve been getting to the allotment at about seven in the morning. It’s quieter and cooler, we seem to get more done without having to stop for a chat. Antisocial? Us! It’s also absolutely lovely at that time, lots of bird singing, no sirens or traffic noise. Perfect.

And onward… The spuds have really come on in the heat of the last few days, drinking up the gallons.

rubbish photo but you get the point! Pots in bags

rubbish photo but you get the point! Pots in bags

We stuck in three Dumpling squash, I know they’ll over run the bed but we try to keep them under control. Our Butternut squash are really struggling at the moment. The late spring has done unto them.

Three little dumplings!

Three little dumplings!

For the first time we’re growing Callaloo (apologies if it’s the wrong spelling!). It’s small, or is it? How big should it be at this time of year? Who knows? Anyway we’ll be giving some of the seedlings away to let other plotters have a go.

Callaloo, is meant to have vibrant red and yellow leaves. Looking forward to seeing them.

Callaloo, is meant to have vibrant red and yellow leaves. Looking forward to seeing them.

We thought we would show you our old hanging basket. We stick all our plant cutting in one basket and let it grow, it’s just beginning to bloom. There are geranium, fuschia etc in there, it always makes for a colourful basket, and everything can be saved for next year.

The cuttings basket.

The cuttings basket.

Is there ever a time when you can just do nothing? No. Something always needs watering, snipping, dead heading or cropping… must remember to sit, relax and look every now and again. TTFN!

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June Updates!

It’s been a while since we blogged so we’ll have a little update on what’s been going on.

It’s been a bit slow going, one of us has been on crutches, thanks to a broken bone and an arthritis flare up, but the will to garden is strong! The crutches have gone but we feel a bit behind with things. Everyone on the allotments is saying the same. The sun has come late to us. Usually by now we’re beginning to see flowers on the runner beans and the courgettes, yet the runners are struggling to climb and the courgettes are a bit …wilted. Never mind, hopefully blazing (!) June will help get things going.

The spuds are doing great in their Swedish grow bags, and we cannot wait to start harvesting them! Last year we would just have spuds, skins on slathered in butter, it was more a case of “Would you like anything with your potatoes for dinner?” Lovely, but bad for the waist line.

Slugs had a lovely time with the dwarf french beans, and our broad beans have given up. We will always start them off in Nov/Dec time and will never leave it until Feb/March again. It just hasn’t worked for us.

The fruit cages are up, and the fruit trees are blossoming, alas the plum tree became too infested. The leaf curl, which we have suffered from for two years has decimated it. We had to give it a good haircut and fear there will be no plum jam this year …or next!

The butternut squash have just had their protective cloches removed. We had to cover them again when a really bad spate of weather, (WINDS!!!) ¬†arrived. The dumpling squash are going in this week. We’re not growing any Spaghetti squash this season. We were deluged with them last year and there is only so much soup or roasted squash we could take!

In the greenhouse our cucumbers are coming along fine (I whisper that. We never have much luck with them). Our cucamelons are also slowly maturing as are the chilli peppers. That’s all really in the greenhouse apart for a tumbler tomato which has gone crazy and needs thinning out and some plant cuttings.

Just potted up today!

Just potted up today!

Cucamelons. Small but growing!

Cucamelons. Small but growing!

So, apart from the usual plot politics, moans and groans, all seems to be ticking along. We’re supposed to be taking things easy this season, and are growing less than before. Still busy though!