Tuesday Plotlines

Well what a lovely day, wall to wall blues skies here.  After the thunder storm that hit us yesterday, flooding many of the local roads in the area, I wondered what I might find at the plot this morning, but with the exception of a bucketful of  fallen apples that needed to be picked up there was no obvious damage.  The plants if anything looked especially perky as they always do after a good soak. With no need to can water from tank to plot I could get on with other things and even though that only meant catching up on the weeding it’s nice to break the routine and do something different.

Southbourne Gardens

Runner Bean Wisley Magic

Of our seedlings, beetroot, carrots, coriander and turnips are all up, with just the parsnips and the French beans a no show.  We’ll thin them out at the weekend and plant another last lot of these crops, along with some lettuce and spinach that we didn’t get around to doing last time.

Carrot Seedlings

Tomato Yellow Plum

We on a waiting game now for the tomatoes and the sweet corn to ripen.  I’m checking them almost daily.

The  small yellow plum tomatoes that are ripe have now made it home, they’re incredibly sweet and I’m enjoying them in a salad with capers.  I’ve posted a picture of this on Instagram if you’d like to see that.

Southbourne Gardens


We think we’ve had some children playing on the site.  Nothing too serious, a few things where they shouldn’t be and Valerie found two eaten apple cores. As you can imagine there was plenty of conversation about this over morning coffee. I remember that so well as a child, trying to eat apples before they were ripe and then suffering from tummy ache for the next few hours. Of course tiny, sour apples are the sort of thing you only do once if you’re remotely sensible so perhaps it’ll deter them from coming back.

Red Pepper Atris


The blackberries that are pictured here are from Bob’s plot and he’s picking punnets of them already.  Is this the same with everyone else or are we particularly early?  Although I love them I’m not keen to see the signs of early Autumn so soon.  Here’s hoping we hang on to Summer for another few weeks.


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9 Responses to “Tuesday Plotlines”

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  2. annjenny July 29, 2014 @ 6:05 pm (#)

    Lovely photos from your plot 🙂 We have spotted ripe blackberries in the hedgerows around here. They do seem to be very early this year.

    • Victoria Wildman replied: — July 31st, 2014 @ 8:28 am

      Thank you Ann. Sorry for the late reply, I thought done it couple of days ago!  

  3. Anna July 29, 2014 @ 6:36 pm (#)

    Glad to read that you escaped the wrath of the weather gods. Already picking blackberries here and we are further north,

    • Victoria Wildman replied: — July 29th, 2014 @ 7:21 pm

      Thankfully yes, though spent a lot of the day stuck in traffic. Are the blackberries early for you?

  4. David Ford July 29, 2014 @ 6:57 pm (#)

    Ah having a natter just my scene probably repeated a thousand times on most allotments, kids probaby “scrumping” is new these days, not in my day though I`m ashamed to say but it was orchards then not allotment plots

    • Victoria Wildman replied: — July 29th, 2014 @ 7:26 pm

      I think the subject of that conversation was lawn mower repair. Titus who you can see in the shot looks after our elderly equipment.

  5. Mark Willis August 2, 2014 @ 5:51 pm (#)

    With a bit of luck the kids also scrumped a couple of the chillis – that would deter them better than sour apples!

    • Victoria Wildman replied: — August 2nd, 2014 @ 8:49 pm

      Ha, we were just talking about that!

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