I thought last year was good for crops, but 2015 has been even better. A great year for all fruit, vegetables and unfortunately, WEEDS.
The year started reasonably early with a warm dry spell that allowed us to make progress with the early sowings. Things were going well until a few weeks of colder weather came along and held things up for a while. However, everything that I planted or sowed, grew well.
Soon the allotment was looking good and full of healthy growing crops. I was starting to use the early potatoes and broad beans, and the early row of garlic was just about ready to harvest when I went away for a 2 week holiday.
I don't know exactly why I booked a holiday for the last 2 weeks of June. It's a busy time of the year with everything growing fast. INCLUDING THE WEEDS. I came back to find all the crops hiding under a blanket of weeds. It took Theresa and I nearly 3 weeks to get things back to some sort of normality. Must make a note not to do that again!
However all turned out well in the end. The soft fruit has been harvested and much of it is bagged and in the freezer for use over the winter months. Garlic, onions and shallots either stored or made into pickles etc. Potatoes bagged and stored away from frosts with beans and many other vegetables also packed in the freezer. In the ground still are leeks, sprouts, broccoli, parsnips, carrots and cabbage, with last lettuce and beetroot saved for late autumn salads.
Now it's time to get the land ready for next year. Clearing the plots and spreading the "muck" to re-vitalize the soil. It only takes a few hours a week to produce enough food to put fresh veg on your plate most days of the year.
There are a few plots that have become available for renting. Some are quite large, but we could always half one if you would like. If you are interested please contact me and I will show you around.