Saturday, 12 May 2018

Allotment Garden Plot 2018

I cannot remember the last time I wrote about the allotment garden plot, but the last two weekends, we have been working hard in it, taking advantage of the long Bank Holiday and the sunshine.

So much has changed in the garden since we got it - click here if you want to see how it was when we first got it.
The ground has been thoroughly cleared of weeds, except for the grass tangled amongst these chives.   The bees will love the chive flower heads when they bloom.  We have already seen a few bees in the garden dipping and diving into the apple blossom and broad bean flowers, which are the only vegetable plant that has gone into the ground so far. 
D moved the been climbing frame trellis to a new part of the allotment garden plot in readiness to receive some climbing green, purple and yellow beans soon.  In the space in front of it, he will also make me a some climbing wigwams or tee pees to accommodate more climbing beans. 
 Looking through the apple tree branches, you can see some raspberry canes. 



I was disappointed in the raspberries last year.  One we didn't get many, secondly those that we did get were not very tasty. Oh we also have some strawberries, but I am worried many of them will be wild strawberries that have transplanted themselves from the neighbours neglected garden next door (a bit like there dandelions!)
We may actually get some apples (apple blossom) and pears this year.
Our rhubarb is doing fantastically well, but I need to use it, last year a lot of it went to waste. 
So much has changed in this little space in front of the greenhouse.  If you click here, it will take you to a blog post and you will see that we used to have a pergola, but every year like the green house panes being smashed and damaged by the winds, the pergola got a hammering too - that we decided to take it down all together. 
In the greenhouse, we don't have many seedlings growing, as I said the greenhouse was damaged badly by the high winds; and D fixed it a few weeks ago with my help of course.  

We have a variety of tomato seedlings - yes, I know they are small compared to many other bloggers, but like I said we didn't get a fair start. I also have some rainbow chard, curly kale, beetroot and sunflowers on the go. 
Above are some yellow and purple climbing beans and a variety of courgettes seedlings.  I am doing my utmost to protect them from the slugs and snails of which there are still plenty about. 
Some herb pots: rosemary with flowers, lavender, lemon balm
 Sage
 My blueberry plant seems to be doing well (above) and even the red gooseberries (not shown)
Thank you for taking interest in my allotment garden plot, I will share more photographs of it as it progresses.  I am sharing this post with  Harvest Monday is hosted by Dave over Our Happy Acres, even though I don't have much harvest to share, I have begun to harvest the rhubarb (above) and hardy herbs like rosemary and thyme for cooking. 

21 comments:

  1. It's all coming along so beautifully and all those different pictures make it look really big! Enjoy this fab time of the year when everything just grows suddenly. Those tomato plants will soon catch up x

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    1. Thank you so much Nic.
      Yes, fingers crossed the tomato plants catch up. We will be picking some up from a garden centre too.

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  2. Looks lovely, and what an inspiring space to be in. Lemon balm tea helps me sleep. Enjoy the Eurovision Contest.

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    1. Thanks e.
      Eurovision is just nonsense TV, but we don't mind as its easy watching.
      I do like lemon balm and hope to use it more in my cooking as well as drinking in the evenings

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  3. Your tomatoes are doing better than mine!
    It's a lovely garden - well done.
    J x

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    1. Thanks Joy.
      We are trying our best to protect the young seedlings from the slugs too.

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  4. Oooo it's looking lovely Shaheen, so much potential! My tomatoes are tiny too, I'm sure they'll come along though! Happy gardening!

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    1. Thank you Susie.
      I feel better knowing that other veg fellow bloggers seedlings are little :) Happy gardening to you too

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  5. Your garden looks great - so well cared for and to me that seems a lot of pots and seedlings - I don't have many so am impressed by your lot.

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    1. Thank you Johanna. Its been neglected a lot, but after 4 years here we are getting there slowly - I am jsut so proud of us for getting the whole plot dug thoroughly, in the past few years it was a bit of a time. Now we need to stay on top of it and enjoy our space more.

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  6. It looks like you've been working hard and I hope you get a good yield this summer in return for those efforts. It certainly looks promising at this point!

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    1. Thanks Kari. Indeed we both have and our backs are feeling the pain, its worth it though...we hope

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  7. You will surely be eating very well soon! So much work, though.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Mae, at least we hope to get some flavourful tomatoes.

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  8. Your garden looks ready to go, so wonderful. I'm glad you were able to fix the greenhouse, it looks like you've gotten a lot done in a short period of time. We're trying to get everything planted before the rain comes.

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    1. Thank you Phuong, a lot and I mean a lot of work has gone in the past three weekends to bring it up to something we can work with and I am pleased, we now have bean frames too and some of the courgettes have gone in. I hope you get everything planted before the rain comes in. I am off work today, so hope to get the last bit of planting done before we go away on holiday.

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  9. It's good you got the greenhouse fixed! I know I owuld be lost this time of year without mine. It sure looks like you have gotten a lot done getting the garden ready too.

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    1. Thanks Dave.
      We have just got back from our vacation and most of the work we did, before we left is in tact - we are pleased. Look forward to joining in much more with my harvest

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  10. I'm sure it's great to have such a lovely allotment! You will have loads of good produce from there.

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    1. Thanks VegHog, its not as big as the allotment I had in the past, but its better than nothing and I know I am fortunate to have this growing space.

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  11. It's looking beautiful Shaheen. Your Rhubarb is going crazy! x

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