Well it’s been dry in Essex and we’ve had a few harvests and done lots, and lots of weeding.
So it has been a bank holiday weekend here in Essex, which normally means; you plan to do things, the weather has other ideas.
Saturday morning started off bright and warm and descended into lightning, rain and hail.
It doesn’t look or sound like much but we are shattered and have done three for three days in the rain, hail, cloud and sun. Drank our way through 12 bottles of water, bruised knees, scratched legs and dirty, dirty shower water, but we’re really pleased with what we’ve achieved.
So the weather inEssex has improved and Sunday was warm, so Mrs Allotment10and10a and I decided to plot.
The maincrop potatoes were earthed up.
And then on to the next structure building. Mrs Allotment10and10a has wanted to put in a wildlife pond since we took on the plot. She’s hoping the frogs and toads will control the slug population. So a fellow plotter offered up a 50 gallon container and I had the make a start of trying to sink it into the ground. All I can say is it was warm and 50 gallons is big.
Cat for scale.
Until next time, when hopefully we’ll have the first broad beans of the year.
We’d been hardening off the running beans and French beans for a while and wanted to get them in the ground.
We decided Thursday evening would be when we did it, but weather wasn’t on our side, but that didn’t stop us. We are hardy northern / midlands people living in the south.
So we’d planned where the runner beans were going back in January, when Mrs Allotment10and10a worked out the rotation, for this year.
We’ll as we had a day off and it was sunny we made a packed lunch and thought we’d get weeding and building the beans support.
I soon lost interest in the weeding but we persevered.
No that’s not what I meant!
Are you doing this on purpose?
Why aren’t you listening to me?
And so on.
So when this one went relatively well and we added cross braces because of the wind, we were both quite impressed with the quality of this one.
We also mulched the trees and blueberries, and it’s the first year we have flowers on the blueberries, so fingers crossed for some fruit this year.
So weeds had conquered the raspberry bed. It had only been a few weeks since we’d finished off the raspberry bed, and it was clear the amount of bark we’d put down to suppress the weeds wasn’t enough.
So we are back from our holiday, and it was amazing to see just how much had grown.
Our first trip up to the plot was to just water, as it had been dry whilst we were away and weren’t impressed with the Thomson flight times and 2 road closures and diversions on the way home.
The broad beans had really come on, and we have pods now on the over winter ones.
So, it’s currently 25 degrees and I’m sat next to a swimming pool, wondering, no hoping that it’s rained a bit at home, sorry.
Last Sunday we planted out our brassicas and netted them off. 2 varieties of sprouts, PSB and kale.
Today marks the end of an era, it is a sad day in the Mr and Mrs Allotment10and10a house.
I went to the freezer, and found that we only had one bag of broad beans from last year’s harvest but we must remember to look on the bright side… broad beans will be fresh soon and the freezer will fill again.
I think broad beans are possibly my favourite vegetable, after asparagus, of course.
Any way we boiled up the last of the broad beans with pasta, chucked in some tomatoes and feta and coated in pesto.
The chicken was pan fried and basted with garlic and herb butter. More on the herbs another time but we have made a herb hanging basket and they are loving it.
This meal was really tasty, easy and fairly quick but what got me most excited was, in a couple of months we will, hopefully, have most of the ingredients on our plot and make this fresh.