A gardener’s work is never done…

There are always a few jobs that need doing on the allotment but even more jobs occur to you when you start to look around. We often go to the veg plot to do a few quick jobs but end up staying there all day because the weather’s nice and, well, it’s a shame not to when the tools are out and you’ve got your wellies on.

 

There’s nothing quite so appealing as a freshly dug-over bed…just waiting to be filled with whatever has a chance of growing at this time of the year. It’s so irresistible that we found ourselves just having to fill up the empty space left by the potatoes with a few young leek plants that will be fine over the winter and be ready around April/May.

 

They’re very hardy and very easy to plant. Even Joe can do it. It doesn’t seem like 2 minutes since the last time he planted leeks here, with Angela

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This time he was the expert and showed novice Becky how to make a hole, Becky used my trowel handle,

20170729_171224 then drop in the leek and ‘puddle’ them in with water. The deeper the hole, the longer the white stem will be.

They’ve filled half of the long bed ( and left tiny little footprints all over) but we still have more space that is too tempting to leave.

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Between now and next week we’ll have a good think about what to do with it.

We’ve now filled up the space where the broad beans were too. The kids helped me plant cabbages last week and today they planted some baby broccoli/calabrese plants. They need to be netted up because there are still lots of Cabbage White butterflies about. The farmers use chemicals and powders to stop diseases and pests but we just cover them with nets and hope for the best.

20170729_165744Becky tricked Joe into going under the netting to look for butterflies and then promptly trapped him under there

20170729_165524and wouldn’t let him out until he promised to show her around the plot. Joe wasn’t too worried….. he thought he’d pretend to be a ‘cabbage zombie’

 

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Joe the Cabbage Zombie

..and Caleb would laugh at the pictures when he got home 🙂

 

Becky had a quick tour and saw the kale,

the tomatoes,

the sweetcorn the new little pumpkin, the aubergines, melons and beans and even found herself introduced to the caterpillars on the ragwort.

The tomatoes are beginning to ripen and one aubergine is big enough to pick now. That’s our first ever aubergine and we’re very proud.

The kids hung up their watering cans…

20170729_180821then helped me pick a lettuce, an aubergine, some beans and a few chillies.

We haven’t decided yet how to store the chillies. Pickle or freeze ?  We can’t eat them all but they need picking so the plant will produce more. We were very chuffed this week to see how much bigger and better our chillies are than Monty’s. Can’t say that often !

We still have lots of room to fill up so if you have any ideas as to what we can plant now, we’d love to hear your suggestions. There’s a limit to how many cabbages and leeks we can eat/freeze. Maybe swede ?

9 thoughts on “A gardener’s work is never done…

  1. I loved seeing how the kids planted those leeks, very satisfying work and so very neat. I also love the photo of all the little watering cans hanging up ready for those little green fingered darlings.

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      1. It was an amazing adventure, we are already thinking about another sidecar one next year. We need to modify quite a lot though, better suspension and steering!

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  2. A darling post and it is great to see the vegetables being planted and others growing and others being picked. Yummy! I am glad you have such good help from Joe and Becky. It makes the work easier I am sure! Thank you for sharing. ❤️ xxx

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  3. I’m totally enthralled by this post. It makes Tom and Barbara’s old TV programmes ‘The Good Life’ look totally armature and ‘rubbish. ‘

    It has brought back such fond memories of when I lived with my parents
    and they had a massive vegetable and fruit growing garden, plus 100 chickens living freely. Then later again after I was married we had a big enough garden to grow our own produce for the seven years that we lived there.

    Love how your vinyl kids get to help you with the sowing, tending and reaping.
    Their learning made fun from the looks of things.
    Like Janet I was very taken with their little watering cans hung up on that trellis.

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    1. I only have a small vegetable patch – the plot is quite big but I don’t have time to dig it all over so I only use about a third of it for growing and the rest is grass and we use it as a garden, a playground and a barbecue area. If I live long enough to retire I’ll spend a lot more time there and grow flowers too. I’m not really allowed to grow fruit trees but I’ve sneaked in 3 dwarf apple trees and a plum behind the shed so that the council inspector won’t see them from the path… I’ve got away with it so far but they’re only about 4′ tall.

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