31 May 2009

holidays at home: the plot

I realise that I have not mentioned the plot much lately. This was down to my general pissed-offness with the inconsistency of various collective decisions made and some unnecessary unpleasantness related to over-loud radios - all too boring and irritating as only allotments can be. I'm over it, at least for the time being, and in fact everything is coming along very nicely, despite a late start due to my bad mood. For the record, and at the risk of tempting the allotment gods, it seems that we may have escaped the dreaded curling potato haulms; the culprit according to the RHS may well be the manure from the farm, either too fresh or laced with something unpleasant.



There's a healthy showing of sugar snap peas, the beans are in, and various tomatoes. The outdoor sown courgettes and pumpkins are showing. The beetroot are pathetically patchy (should I soak the seeds before sowing perhaps?), the garlic only mildly rusty, the birds have ignored the cabbages, and the cut and come again lettuce are not only doing well, but taste good too. With great restraint, we stopped cutting the asparagus a little while back as it's only in its second year. It's looking lovely and ferny and, so far, only a handful (literally, now squashed) have been seen.



I've given up on onions - too much space for too little reward last year. But the sputnicky allium christophii - ahh!!!! Out of this world.

6 comments:

emmat said...

Ah, many loud radio conversations were had at the weekend by me and my boyfriend. He hates people playing music in the gardens - I don't mind, as long as I don't hate the people. It's really weird how my brain has the ability to completely stream out the playing of people I like's music...

kristina said...

Your plot looks so lovely and productive! The politics of allotments can be maddening. We have the same at ours!

We had a terrible situation with farmyard manure and potatoes at our allotments last year (luckily not on our plot) which rendered the crop and the patches where it had been spread unusable. It was even in the newspapers.

K x

Anonymous said...

My beetroot isn't terribly happy this year either. But it's swings and roundabouts since my globe artichokes are really good; I gave away quite a few of my plants because there wasn't enough room in my garden. On the pest front luckily enough my bug crazy nine year old spotted the 'really beautiful' bugs on the rosemary. Shouldn't be a surprise because a friend round the corner had rosemary leaf beetle last year. Watched one of our neighbourhood foxes torture a frog in next door's garden this morning repeatedly carrying him around in his mouth and then dropping him. As one of my kids remarked 'maybe he's French'. Sorry to hear you had to go back to work when you clearly are so productive at home. Makes me feel guilty as a time rich housewife.

Best wishes,

Joan

60 Going On 16 said...

So - I have all this to look forward to when I become a 'shareholder' in my daughter and son-in-law's allotment when I move next month? (Must stress that I will also be doing my share of the allotment tending.) I hadn't thought about allotment politics, not to mention other people's radios, just the pleasure and challenges of growing one's own. But then politics and other people's noise are almost everywhere, are they not, except possibly here in the middle of nowhere?

Over the past 11 years have become so used to living with only the birds and the odd combine harvester in the background that it will take some adjustment. (But, come to think of it, the people next door have an acre of garden and every weekend is enhanced no end by the jolly sound of the lawnmower going up and down and down and up. Still, what's life without the odd challenge or two?

colleen said...

You lovely people. Good to know that I am not alone in suffering these trials and tribulations. But not suffering as much as the frog who croaked.

Anna said...

Gosh, I'm very jealous of your allotment, loud radios notwithstanding! The sheep and wool festival looks like a lot of fun too!