A Potential Pear (And Other Allotment Tales)

This is such a busy time on the allotment, so many things changing really quickly and so many jobs to do! We’ve had a few days there this month as well as growing plants at home, and the chickens now live there too! 

Last Sunday we moved them, and noticed one wasn’t looking too well. We’ve been visiting a lot to check on her and a kind allotment neighbour gave us some chicken tonic to put in her water. (We’ve ordered some more but what we’ve given them should last until ours arrives.) Hopefully she will perk up a bit soon. They love the weeds there, and we throw a couple in every now and then as they’ve cleared the ground in their run.

On the growing front, things are moving fast. The redcurrant bush is laden with fruit, and the fruit trees (well, some of them) have blossomed and it looks like we have a few potential pears.

A potential pear?

We’ve planted a row of onion sets now, although we need to get some more white onions. We’ve also used a bit more precision when planting the raised beds and put lines along them to mark rows of seeds. I feel like a proper grown up now after last year’s ‘chuck some seeds in and hope’ approach. We’ve sown beetroot, parsnips and two types of carrot directly into the soil.  

A new, improved raised bed (with a size 12 footprint in-cheers Mr C!)

When I was planting yesterday it was really noticeable that the soil was warm to the touch. It definitely feels like a good time to be planting! The allotments are always busy at the moment; the only time I had to unlock was when I went on Tuesday in the daytime.

Today we (me and my daughter) went to plant the strawberries in the troughs. I forgot to take a photo, but we were distracted by a snail and a shiny golden beetle. She got fed up quite quickly so I had to cut our allotment visit short, but it was quite nice to have some unrushed time with her to just take in all of the nature. She’s so into creatures and loves to watch them, and I’m trying to enjoy that with her (even though I’m a wuss when it comes to touching them!)

Mummy and daughter tools

As we move into May there are yet more beds to be planted, and a second sowing of carrots, beetroot and parsnips. The area where the chicken coop was in our garden is being dug out, and the manure/straw/bark chippings will be added to the allotment. The plastic greenhouse is full of tomatoes, beans and aubergines, as well as courgettes, pumpkins and some newly sown butternut squash. Luckily the greenhouse protected them from the overnight frosts we’ve had this week. 

I was beginning to worry that we were really behind, but I feel like we’ve caught up a bit now. Some of our plans have had to be down scaled because Mr C is having an operation in June and I will need to be able to tend to the allotment myself for a couple of weeks, so I don’t want anything too high maintenance. That means the straw bale garden plans are being saved for next year, as are planting any ambitious or unusual crops. (I’ll be happy as long as I’ve got a home grown parsnip on my Christmas dinner plate!)

How is your growing going? Have your plants survived the recent chilly nights? What other jobs are you trying to get done in the garden?

31 thoughts on “A Potential Pear (And Other Allotment Tales)

  1. I’m just enjoying seeing what’s coming up in our new garden. We’ve been here 6 months now and there are still lots of new things popping up. I’m also trying to keep the self-set seedlings from all the big trees around us under control.
    Hubby planted a random selection of veg seeds a while back but we’re a bit half-hearted about tending them.

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  2. Sounds like things are coming along nicely. And your crop list sounds more diverse, I think, than last year? Maybe I am wrong in that. But anyway, it looks like you are set to do really well.


  3. We are planning to sow some grass seed to patch some bare places on our lawn. We are moving into cooler weather but still warm enough to germinate the seed.
    Our pumpkins are maturing and the cauliflowers are slowly growing. I don’t think our passionfruit are going to fully ripen as the days are not warm enough. We will just have to wait and see. I am just happy that the vine produced fruit at last. Maybe next year we will get fully ripened fruit on it.

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  4. Thank you, we have added a few crops to the list for this year. Strawberries are new (at the request of the children!), as are pumpkins and parsnips. Let’s hope we can keep them all alive!


  5. Your raised bed looks wonderful! We have only got our potatoes planted. They kept telling us we were going to still get some snow this weekend so I have been holding off planting anything more.
    We had a hard freeze a couple nights ago so patience is the word……for now.

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    1. Oh no! Hope it warms up soon. We’ve had light frosts this week which killed off the cherry blossoms. The courgettes and so on are staying here until mid to late may, which is our usual last frost date.

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  6. All sounds really great. Don’t lose hope with the parsnips if they are a bit slow. I sowed some undercover on march 4th and they only came up this weekend. Not seen my outside ones yet but I think that’s normal.

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  7. You certainly are busy, MrsCraft! Your allotment is looking very good indeed – and fingers crossed for your pears.
    I sowed a few seeds and planted some bulbs a few weeks ago, and all I have to see are several tiny seedlings. They’re still there, and green, so I’m guessing they’re just sleeping through the cold, and will miraculously spring up over the next few weeks. I’m the least green fingered person on the planet so don’t know what came over me when I did that, and I’m just hoping that at least one will be a success. Time will tell…
    Happy May to you!

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  8. Everything sounds amazing … apart from the sick chicken. Hope she improves really soon. If she’s still looking a little under the weather, maybe a trip to the vet would be in order.
    Chickens can be such a worry when they get ill. You get no warning … suddenly *gone*. We lost my favourite chicken about 18 months ago. She seemed fine and groovy, in the morning when we let all the chickens out to have a bit of a scratch and run around, then when Mr.Cobs went to take them some sweetcorn about two hours later, she’d passed. I thought Mr.C was telling me some sort of sick joke when he came in the house and told me.
    Very good luck with your veg. I’m a little bit envious as I don’t think we’ll have chance to grow our own this year as we have too much going on. But … I just want Mr.C to even just grow some courgettes. They’re one of my faves. and used so much in all sorts of recipes which we love.
    Sending squidges ~ Cobs. x

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    1. Thank you, the chicken is a worry but I have a feeling she is just getting old, she’s 4 now. One of her sisters passed away before Christmas very suddenly, in a similar way to yours. Definitely grow some courgettes, they’re so quick too, 12 weeks from sowing to first harvest last year! x

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      1. We had a huge garden at our old cottage, but when we moved 200 miles to live in the South of England, we had to ‘give’ on some requirements and one of those was a large garden.
        The gardens we’ve inherited are very much smaller and had all been (decoratively) paved over in one form or another and because of this we’ve been slowly changing the gardens so that they work for us.

        Mr.Cobs had three huge vegetable beds at our old cottage and we grew everything that could be grown. From garlic to potatoes; carrots; different sorts of lettuce; courgettes; sprouts; cucumbers, radish, peas, cabbage, sweetcorn, … oh all sorts! The only thing we didn’t really have great success with was tomatoes. We could grow them … but not abundantly. Courgettes however … oh. my. GOODNESS!!!
        We could supply all the neighbourhood with those.(and we did). lol.

        We attempted to grow a few things last year, but we just hadn’t got enough space places to get them going properly. So we’ve put everything on the back burner for a while, and get the back garden sorted out so that it works for us, then we’ll grow our yummies again. πŸ˜€
        Can’t wait! lol

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      2. Sounds lovely. Rome wasn’t built in a day 😊 We had 3 courgette plants last year and for about 8 weeks running the slimmer of the week at my slimming world group got a courgette. πŸ˜‚

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  9. There is never a spare moment is there this time of year Mrs C.. I hope that your hen has picked up since this post.. We have not set any onions this year.. One year when we had success some one stole a lot of them.. And last year they were not that good.. So we thought to give them a miss this year.. So wishing yours well. πŸ™‚ And laughing as I just read your reply to an above comment.. No we do not get chance to get bored that is for sure.. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you, she has perked up a bit! What a shame about your onions, I’m not sure ours will work especially well. Definitely no time for rest, or getting bored! 😊

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