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.
So Sunday morning comes around, and it’s allotment time.
The sun was out but there was a cold breeze, but Sunday morning allotment time means I can put the radio on and listen to BBC Essex Quest. I’m getting far too old, too quickly, and my Essex geography is terrible.
Anyway, we are trying to stick to a rotation, and after broad beans comes brassicas.
We dug over the bed, finding raspberry suckers and small potato plants (it’s been 2 years since we had Red Duke of Yorks in there).
And it’s been awhile since we took in the whole plot, so here goes…
The allotment needed some water and I thought I’d take some pictures…
Planning for a visit over the weekend, watch this space, there’s plans afoot for brassica beds.
So the weatherman was predicting rain, torrential rain and rain on the top this weekend, so we were up early and on the plot by 8:30, to make the most of the day before the floods came.
4 hours later and we hadn’t had a spot but were hungry, so left.
I’d been hardening off the broad beans I planted recently for the last week and got them in.
Mrs Allotment10and10a weeded the polytunnel and we planted the chillies.
Well Good Friday bought good weather to Allotment10and10a so we decided to spent a couple of hours plotting.
Our maincrop, Cara, and salad potatoes, Pink Fir Apples, are now in.
I was helped by this little fella…
So after 4 months of putting it off I finally finished off sorting the raspberry beds outs.
I ached, sweated, had dirty hands and my fat fingers couldn’t cope with the tiny, tiny bolts I’d bought. But I’m happy with the results…
Since the photo was taken I’ve added five more to the right bed and we mulched all of them but I forgot to snap a photo, I’ll try to remember next time.
Allotment10and10a is starting to look like an allotment again, especially after a mow of the grass and a tidy of the edges.