Now that we are well into summer, harvest time is deliciously close on the allotment. Some crops have even almost finished (the strawberries are at the stage where we are potting up runners and the last few fruits are nibbled whilst we go for our watering and weeding visits). The rain last week has filled up the water container substantially and Mr C and his dad have done lots of weeding and mowing to keep it looking neat. When we look at it, it’s hard to believe that it’s barely 3 months since planting began!
Some plants are showing a lot of promise now; the beetroot have benefited from last week’s rainfall and a good weeding and are heading towards being fairly large. The carrots and parsnips are in a similar situation, so we shall look forward to a good harvest beginning in a month or so.
The pumpkin and courgette bed is also thriving-we’ve harvested two courgettes already. From 6 weeks ago when we planted some fairly small plants, we now have enormous, bushy, flowering ones.
Today after school I took our son to look at his pumpkin patch as we had spotted that they were beginning to fruit. It was a lovely surprise for him and he was so excited, he counted at least 5 that are forming already. His grand plan of having a pumpkin he grew himself to carve at Halloween may come to fruition if we can look after them well enough!
The beans are doing really well on their new and improved frame and a few are ready to pick now. The number of flowers on them suggests that we might have quite a lot to freeze for the winter. The potatoes have also grown especially well with a drier June, unlike last year where it was so wet that they were basically just slug food. The cabbages are flourishing too, I think we will have enough for one a week for the whole winter!
The rain has softened the ground considerably and so we made the most of it. Mr C used his dad’s garden claw (remember the adverts from the 1990s? It’s actually quite a handy tool!) to dig over the chicken coop soil. They’ve had a field day pecking at all of the creatures in there!
Now it really feels like the main work is in weed control, watering and harvesting at the right time. (Last year’s beans had gone stringy by the time we picked them, no way are we letting that happen this year!)
How’s your growing going? Has anything done particularly well this year for you?