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This mornings harvest from my allotment. Those raspberries were delicious. I’ve grown so many broad beans this year, this is only the first pick of them.
My allotment 8th July 2017.
Today’s visit to the allotment. I love this time of year, everything is growing nicely. Broad beans are well on the way as well as the peas I put in last week. The tomatoes, sunflowers and kale are looking really healthy. Still not certain if the aubergine seedling is actually an aubergine. My leeks are getting bigger and will need planting out soon. I also planted some moe cauliflower and spinach seed.
Lovely afternoon spent on the plot. Planted out a row of peas and another row of broad beans. All the parsnips are out and I’ve sown a row of Autumn King carrots.
Spent earth day in the garden.
The blue gold berries tomato plant that I started from baker creek seeds last season survived the winter and is producing fruit for the second season. It’s weaker than my other first season plants and has been ravaged by hornworms while the others are resisting.
Usually I pick the caterpillars off by hand and clip them in half with my pruners, in an attempt to avoid pesticides. Tonight, I was not finding a lot although it was clear there were several, so I tried something new.
I sprayed the whole plant top to bottom with water in an attempt to wash them off. To my surprise, it totally worked! When the water drained from the pot I found at least 12 wriggling in the dirt. Clipped them all and went on with the day.
Another wonderful day spent at the allotment. Thank you to my mum for helping me out with all the little time consuming tasks. We got quite a lot done. I’ve sown my first beetroot seeds, I’m trying a new variety this year- Moulin Rouge. This afternoon I dug over a section of the legumes bed ready for the first batch of broad beans to go in tomorrow. My mum is going to paint the three wooden planters in the morning so that we can get them prepped ready for planting.
More progress down at my allotment. I’m on holiday from work next week and I’m looking forward to getting some more jobs done like making my bean and pea supports and digging over some more beds.
Wooooo another day down at the allotment. Got so much done today. Covered more ground, planted out a black currant and blackberry and had another tidy up.