An inner city allotment

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There’s been a lot of turmoil at the allotments. Change. Some people like it (Us), some hate it, and some abuse it. But it never stops your love of growing. We have both been very busy with work and a much looked forward to holiday, so our allotment visits have had to be rushed, which has grieved us. It was a joy and ironic that the apartment we stayed in, in Greece, was facing an allotments! Although growing different crops, the problems were the same … weeds, watering, fellow allotmenters!!

Back to our plot.

We have had a glut of raspberries!Never before have we had so many, maybe the birds had always got to them first, but we have had loads and the years of forking in our home grown leaf mold seems to have paid off.

picking some razzers for breakfast.

picking some razzers for breakfast.

We have had to close a couple of beds down, covering with black protector to stop the leaves from the bordering trees shedding on them. It’s the seeds that are annoying. The Livingston Daisies had gone ballistic while we were away, and a sudden frost had attacked them. We had to hack them down along with the mildewed Dumpling squash leaves. We cropped quiet a few Squash and are looking forward to scoffing them filled with butter,pepper and melted cheese!

The Butternutts (sounds like a family!!) are doing well. They keep popping up when you look under the leaves ,and have taken over the bed. We’re going to try growing them up canes next year, as shown on Gardener’s World. We need the space!

Hiding among the leaves were a couple of frogs, which we carefully moved to a safe place. We’re going to build a Frog Hotel on Saturday.

Apologies for the pic being the wrong way!!

Apologies for the pic being the wrong way!!

So we still have a lot to do, health permitting and time. We’re planting spinach and some red cabbage seedlings. We are getting the Broad Beans ┬ástarted early. It wasn’t the same this year planting in Spring and we only got a third of the crop we usually get. And there’s always the overwintering onions to get down …