We’re always a little bit disappointed in August. Sounds weird, but the allotment just seems to go crazy. Everywhere looks a mess – not that that truly matters – but it seems that all we do is harvest and weed / deadhead. The rain has been torrential at times. The water butts have been overflowing, and quite a few times rain has stopped play at the allotment. But enough of the moaning …
The sweetcorn is coming along very nicely indeed, despite the fact we had to put the nets around it again because the pesky squirrel made a come back and munched three plants.
With all the rain, the beans have gone ballistic. We keep picking, but they keep coming. On the other side of the beans, we planted a couple of butternut squash. They were very slow last year, but this year they’ve gone crazy! We were convinced the beans would be nearly over with by the time the squash got going. This photo was taken a couple of weeks ago, you can just see said squash growing around the bean canes. Now, we’ve had to trim them right back – with giant squashes taken off to ripen in the greenhouse – and drape them over some canes and netting. They’re still producing. We’ll be eating squash until the new year!
The dahlia bed is producing some gorgeous blooms. Some were given to a neighbouring plot to decorate the tables at their wedding! We’re so happy with them this year, they have been excellent.
Unfortunately, we’ve had to cut the pear trees right back. The leaves were turning black and branches were rotting. We think we’re going to have to replace them. The plums have been plentiful and the apples are coming along well as usual.
We’ve been told by the weather gods, that there is going to be a heatwave at the end of August for 2-3 weeks. We won’t put our wellies away just yet. Happy plotting!