When does Wimbledon start? That’s when it usually rains doesn’t it?
No rain for the whole of June for me, my allotment is in big trouble. If we get a hose pipe ban and the stream dries up that could be game over.
We don’t have water at our allotment to keep the cost down. I do have a 1000ltr IBC tank which dried up a few weeks ago. I have buckets, bins and barrels which I fill and take to the plot, my car is very soggy!
I’ve also put woodchip everywhere and mulched the veg with rotted manure. Every time I water I do a litte weeding as well, don’t want those drinking the water!
Anyway my six involves the allotment whilst it still looks ok
1- This flower wall was going to be for Strawberries but I changed my mind when I had Lobelia, Marigolds and Fuschias all germinating. It was a mistake adding Marigolds as they’re greedy and don’t really fit in with the aesthetics but still nice!
The boys have discovered they can pop the Fuschias!
2- Harvesting with the boys, my eldest isn’t great with veg but he’ll eat it if he picks or grows it! My youngest eats everything so I get as much fresh organic veg into him as possible!
3- My brassicas are doing well, not much soil prep as I find they prefer clay. After Purple sprouting broccoli, cauliflower and Spring Cabbage I now have a glut of Covina Broccoli and Purple cauliflower. They look good and because they like clay there is enough moisture locked in for the roots to find.
4-My sunflowers look great but I’m dissapointed with the height. They’re Russian Giants which could grow to 5mtrs. They have peaked at 6ft. The plants on my allotment had great soil so it is nothing to do with pot size. I had standard sunflowers last year that reached 12ft in the same pots. Size isn’t everything I suppose!
5- No idea why I have mixed Nasturtiums popping up in the plot. I only planted 1 plant last year and it was a red flower, love it though because they can grow up and around the sweetcorn. I also have Borage all over the plot from a few plants last year. My plot is fairly neat and controlled so it’s nice there’s a bit of anarchy 🤘
6- Blauschokker peas, they look great, taste horrible! I’ve pulled them all up and sown Early onward and Kelvedon wonder. These are quick maturing and will give myself and the boys nice sweet peas to pick and eat and probably a grub or two!
These peas join Cucamelons and Callaloo for things I’ve grown but won’t again
That’s it from me, I might see you next week with photos of straw!