I took the day off work today and managed to go down to the allotment in the afternoon for about three hours.
Prior to that over the past week I’ve managed to make it down twice.
The whole place looks a lot better now and I’m not as embarrassed as I was about a week ago — also I have quite a lot to show for clearing up the weeds because underneath the weeds were several lines of potatoes, a line of kohlrabi, beetroot and plenty of onions. All of which seem to have done magnificently.
I spent several evenings this week bagging up the spuds… some were plenty big enough for baking potatoes and the majority good enough for large mash potatoes. The girls in the office did very well this year: they had two bags of potatoes; one of which was my row of spuds that had been sprouting in the cupboard. Out of 10 potatoes, roughly there was about 100 yield.
The line of kohlrabi were fantastic sizes and they went to one of the girls in the office. The last two of the kohlrabi ended up as soup which I made the other night.
The whole place looks much better now and I have probably headed off the risk of getting a nasty letter from the Allotment Association. But more than that I’m not as embarrassed as I was.
So it’s now nearing the end of August and I haven’t been to the allotment since the beginning of July
The place is a disaster
Many of the weeds are above waist high and the grass around the edge has overgrown so much I couldn’t tell where the path began and ended
It’s not much of a saving grace, but three out of my four neighbours haven’t touch there allotments either
Tonight I mowed the grass around the edge and it made the place look a little bit neater, but there will be a long way to go before the centre of the allotment is back to normal
Hopefully I will find some time to visit tomorrow. In the past six or seven weeks, two have been away on holiday and another was away with work.
The potatoes that I dug up this evening were half of my main crop of King Edward potatoes.
They weren’t very big but the potato plants themselves looks like they had started to die and so I thought it would be best to dig them up. They were just small ones, the biggest I found was just smaller than my fist and the smallest ones were just teeny baby potatoes.
I finished work on time and was at the allotment by 6:30pm. I did about 20 minutes of watering and the time is now 8 o’clock and I am on my way home.
I think that the potatoes have done quite well. I got half a trug full of potatoes, even if they were small. I only dug up half of the main crop there are at least another five of those to come from other lines.
I have given the last half of the main crop of King Edward’s a good watering and soaking tonight and I intend to leave them until they have completely died before digging them up and seeing how far they got. Hopefully they should be a little larger although with the amount of potatoes I have just dug up I will not be short of a few meals and so I will just wait to see how they will come out
The onion’s seem to have recovered –whatever it was the chairman sprayed on my onions has done the trick and it has killed the mildew and blight. They are thriving again. The other parts of the allotment are doing OK. The kohlrabi is coming along nicely and the beetroot are growing quite well. I hope I will visit the allotment again this week to dig up a row of the “first earlies” to see how those potatoes have got on.
Beautiful evening down at the allotment tonight. It must have been a scorcher because all of the potatoes were wilted. The walled garden traps the heat of the sun and raises the temperature.
Overhead the swifts and housemartins are catching their insect supper on the wing. A sun dog was clearly visible as the sun set behind the village church.
I finished the watering of the potatoes and onions and walked back through the quiet allotment. What an evening.
The allotment chairman took one look at my onion patch and said his has the same it is mildew and it wasn’t there 3 days earlier.
It was very kind of him to say that he would mix up some solution and spray all of the onions including mine to make sure that they would be ready.
With work and with looking after the little one there really isn’t much time for me to spare down at the allotment lately so I was very pleased and glad he could help
It was an early start this morning I was already awake by the time the sun has risen the round about 4:50 so by about 6 o’clock I decided it would be a really good time to go to the allotment and finish the weeding which I’ve not done for the past month
The whole place looks fantastic now
By 8 o’clock I already packed up and I was on my way home I’ve not been down to the allotment this early in the morning really for a few years and all the swifts and swallows or all darting above my head grabbing their breakfast out of the way on the wing
Some of the potatoes have recovered and I haven’t dug any up although I think most of them are ready now
The beetroot are doing very well now that I have removed all of the weeds surrounding them.. you couldn’t tell which were weeds and which were beetroot before I started, but now they look great
The onion’s have possibly done the best they… look very good and have started to grow about the size of my fist (not quite yet but almost) however it looks like a tinge of onion blight has started, so I will have to keep an eye on them and go again tomorrow just to be sure
I feel that this is probably onion blight. The leaves have started to go a mouldy colour I imagine I will be pulling them all up pretty soon, but they did quite well anyway
It’s been least three weeks and probably the hottest temperatures for 40 years and I’ve not been able to make it down to the allotment at all. It’s not a coincidence I suppose. I have been out enjoying myself with the little one… down to the beach and plenty of parks… it’s not being a total loss has it! at least not for me, perhaps a little bit for the allotment and the potatoes.
But tonight I at least managed a trip to do a little bit of watering and just to check to make sure things were still alive: they were, just ever so slightly in the case of the potatoes. The onions on the other hand are excellent.
I only spent around 15 minutes doing the watering. Some of the weeds had grown up to waist height, so I got rid of those. There were not very many weeds though. Most of the potatoes are beginning to die back which would suggest I should start digging them up. The onions however are looking really good although I think they need weeding in between the plants a little. I need to plan an evening weeding and a day at the weekend digging… soon