Strawberry Allsorts

The pictures below we taken this morning.  Last year when our plot was inspected by Hillingdon Borough Council for their annual allotment competition we lost points for not labelling our plants.  It’s a conscious decision, I don’t like lots of tags all over the place, unless they’re those lovely embossed metal ones, and so, convinced I would remember I didn’t bother.  Can I?  Well what do you think?

I know there are some Mount Everest, a climbing variety, they took one look at the bamboo trellis we had constructed and clung steadfastly to the ground limpet like, and  there are some Florence.  Both of these varieties came from Blackmoor.  We also were given some runners by Ken Muir when we went to collect our fruit trees, possibly Elsanta or perhaps Honeyone.

It looks as if we will have a good crop this year but what it will be I’m not really sure.

As a post script, the book Grow Your Own Fruit written by Ken Muir is excellent.

Turnip Atlantic

I thought about calling this post ‘Regrets’. Reading through allotment blogs yesterday afternoon it seems that everyone is feeling like they are behind with their planting and seeing the still empty beds on our plot I am no different. Looking through photographs I took last year to see if it really was the case I came across this taken on the fifth of June.

So firstly there’s no way I’m going to be picking broad beans in two weeks time and secondly, despite having made a very conscious decision to grow fewer varieties of vegetables this season, why haven’t I planted any of these gorgeous turnips? The variety is Atlantic and they are part of the Thompson and Morgan Kew Urban Garden Collection.

The good news is that they are comparatively quick, two months from direct sowing to harvest, and there’s still time, up until August in fact.

They are delicious par boiled and roasted.

I’m dashing off to the local garden centre to buy some seeds.

Just Back From The Plot

Just back from the plot, a lovely morning and a productive one too. We are going away for a few days and although there is never any shortage of very kind offers from fellow plot holders to look after things I am keen to get as much settled in the ground as possible. In some cases it will mean a only a couple of days to harden off but the weather forecast is looking good for next week so here’s to optimism.

The new potatoes, Anya and Pink Fir Apple, are coming along well and are now fully earthed up to the recommended amount in their sacks.

The previously neglected celery looks much improved thanks to copious watering and a feed of nitrogen as recommended by Darren Blick over at UK Veg Gardeners.

The peas I planted at the end March as part of this project are looking really healthy. I’ve come to conclusion that if sowing direct early in the season the dense planting afford them far more protection from the elements.

On a less successful note D. constructed an elaborate teepee for the edamame beans only to discover, after planting, that they are a dwarf variety. Best not mention it if you see him.

Tomorrow it’s all about verbena, cosmos and borage. Oh and a Mojito if I remember to pick some mint.