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
This time he was the expert and showed novice Becky how to make a hole, Becky used my trowel handle,
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.
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.
Becky tricked Joe into going under the netting to look for butterflies and then promptly trapped him under there
and 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’
..and Caleb would laugh at the pictures when he got home 🙂
Becky had a quick tour and saw the kale,
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…
then 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 ?