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New raised beds in and prepped ready for me to plant garlic tomorrow, the garlic should be ready next July (fingers crossed) 7 more beds to build and my plot will be all tidy again.

Not a bad year down at the allotment. Had more…

Not a bad year down at the allotment. Had more time to spare to enjoy growing my own fruit and vegetables. It’s the first year that I have had a greenhouse full of delicious produce. The cherry tomatoes are to die for and I have had so many cucumbers that there was no one left to give them away to. The beetroot in the picture above are mini and the result of thinning the beetroot patch out. I grew three varieties of beans this year including broad beans, a green string bean and a purple string beans (i love to freeze them) The string beans cropped really well for dwarf bush varieties. We were surprised to see the purple variety of bean loose its colour in the blanching process before freezing them. The apples have been the winner this year, approx 40 apples in total. We have already made some apple sauce with some of them and are continuing to enjoy them in our packed lunches through the week.

This years gooseberry harvest was massive. A t…

This years gooseberry harvest was massive. A total of 15lbs in weight all bagged up into 1lb bags and frozen so that we can make crumbles through the winter. The prep took three of us a couple of hours but it was worth it. I always write the date on the bags so that when we go to the freezer for fruit to make deserts we know exactly what day we harvested the fruit. 

My plot June 2018. Moves jobs which means I’m …

My plot June 2018. Moves jobs which means I’m now based back home and can finally concentrate on my allotment again. So much to do but I like the challenge. I’ve got broad beans, dwarf green and purple beans, potatoes, peas, onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, chilli, strawberries, gooseberries, rhubarb, black currants, courgette, gherkin all on the go! Next year will be the year my allotment is once again nearly perfect!

This mornings harvest from my allotment. Those raspberries were…

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.

More progress down at my allotment. I’m on holiday from…

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.

Planning has started.

Planning has started.

Allotment check & planning

So today I’m going down to my ploy with my mum to do a spot of planning for this year. This will most definitely involve a massive clear up and a rethink on the strawberry beds.

First allotment crumble using my frozen fruit from my allotment…

First allotment crumble using my frozen fruit from my allotment this year. This strawberry & rhubarb crumble was delicious. Thanks mum