Bountiful. A review of the season (so far…)

Forgive me, I’ve hardly blogged about the plot this summer. Recent weather aside (it’s a wet and windy Saturday afternoon as I write this), it’s a been a glorious summer and to be honest with you, we’ve just been so busy enjoying it down 18a. After a unseasonable cool start to the season full of worry whether we would ever get any kind of crop going, we approach the end of the growing season with a bumper crop of unexpected allotment loveliness. After a rather crappy first 6 months of 2013 for myself personally, the allotment and the abundance of nature there have helped me overcome my blues and banish my little rain clouds. So what’s been going on down 18a? Well let’s see…
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After the Rain Comes (a little) Sun.

After what seems like months of wet and cloudy weather the sun has finally put its hat on this weekend. A little sunshine is just what the allotment has been desperate for. Despite it being almost August it feels like the season is only really just getting going in earnest. With a list of jobs to do as long as our arms we took the opportunity to make hay whilst the sun shines. Continue reading “After the Rain Comes (a little) Sun.”

Spuds, buds and unexpected sunshine.

On a sunny Sunday afternoon, warmer than the weatherman had led us to believe, the annual allotment planting of the spuds began. Having written off the weekend as a bit of dull dud, wearing far too many woollens than necessary we were pleasantly greeted with warm sunshine and gentle breezes. After a chilly disappointing visit to the plot the day before a spot-o-sunshine worked wonders on the allotment morale! Continue reading “Spuds, buds and unexpected sunshine.”

I Chit You Not.

Started chiting the seed tatties. First early, Red Duke of York, Second early Charlotte. Second early/main crop Kestrel and Rooster. All snug in their little egg boxes in my parents hijacked porch-come-greenhouse! Chit away my pretties. We have so little room at our pokey dark flat and with the coldframe already chocker block, this season I’ll be using my folks porch as perfect coldframe/greenhouse substitute, will have to plan well to get around the logistics. No more leggy seedlings struggling for light in our hot little kitchen windowsill.