It seems ages since my last posting and truth be told I have not been paying as much attention to the allotment this year as I would normally. Couple of factors my new garden at the bungalow and the extreme weather. I really don’t like working in the heat we have been experiencing. However, I have started doing an early morning visit, before the day heats up and that has helped enormously.
the plot is still looking remarkably green and although I half expected a burnt waste-land when we came back from our holiday (lovely thanks for asking. Icelandic weather suits me).
I wasn’t going to bother with courgettes this year but I was given a couple of plants and they are doing well – this one in particular looks to have a few flowers coming. They are not guaranteed to become a courgette obviously – but promising. My parsnips are looking good as well after I thinned them out a little.
My onions are ready to pick and despite them bolting they look reasonably sound. Probably make chutney rather than attempt to store them this year. The sweetcorn is progressing well – flowers and silks starting to appear!
This morning’s haul! Lovely! The blackberry bush yielded up 600g of fruit, not bad considering I didn’t net the bush against birds. Perhaps they were too full after eating ALL my jostaberries!
We love onions. Each and every single one of them. These shallots shall be devoured worth huge smiles on our faces!
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We let one of our onions flower last year. A huge success with the bees! And we don’t mind harvesting a bit of extra oniongreens now and then.
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A bright start this morning so out on the Lottie for a couple of hours. ….Planting out onions. Six rows of “centurion” white and 3 rows of “piroska” red onion. Netted to protect from marauding pigeons. By mid-day it had got cloudy and quite cold again. Still, spring is definitely coming in.
well so far 2018 has been a bit meh! Dull grey and damp and that’s just me. On the plus side its not been hellishly cold but I wish it was brighter, even if that did mean it was a few degrees colder. On the lottie front things have been a bit neglected but I am making a start – clearing debris, tidying up and generally trying to get a grip.
Seed Potatos…….treated myself to a late Christmas present of a bit of quality staging – ultimately for the greenhouse when it arrives, but for now in the conservatory. Potatoes are out in their trays for chitting and the onion sets are in their modules. Potato varieties are Belle de Fontenay, Rooster and a few Swift. The onion sets are Centurion and (red) Piroska. Also treated us to a Tahiti Lime tree which should fill the conservatory with scent when the flowers open (and there is already a lime on it…. G&T ahoy!).
Planted my “radar” japanese onion sets into modules. They will stay in the greenhouse for a week or so to get their roots established and then out into the bed to overwinter. Hopefully it will still be warmish.