Sunday, 18 April 2010

A Productive Weekend

Yesterday I weeded the perennials/ornamentals patch (above left), sowed some flower seeds, and erected this sweet pea teepee ready for planting out sweet peas this morning. We have had the first rhubarb (top left) of the year, in a crumble, with proper home-made custard, just to see what it's like. It's ok but not really worth all the faff. I prefer cream myself anyway.

This is the tidier end of the allotment. Top left is where the lettuce, kale, spinach and parsnips are. Lettuces and kale are just beginning to show. The weedy/grassy patch is where the runner beans are going to go, and to the right of that are the broad beans. Far right you can just about make out the pea frame. In the foreground, the potato ridges (no sign of growth yet).

So obviously I still have to clear the runner bean patch, and the patch where the summer/tender stuff is going to go, but worst of all, the bit at the other end, where the strawberries, loganberries and a couple of currant bushes are, is going to be a nightmare to weed, as it is infested with some mystery weed which spreads via wiry brown roots, and are impossible to pull out without breaking off and leaving some behind. They are all tangled up with the fruit bush roots as well. So I have to hand pull everything out, rather than just dig it all in as I usually would. This is where the majority of my squashes are going to go, because I have had to put my carrot tunnel in the summer veg patch, and I have sowed far too many squash seeds. I know, that doesn't make sense. Suffice it to say that I will probably not have room for everything I intend to grow this year. Daft really, considering how much space there is on an allotment. I have never had this problem before. I have no idea where the celeriac is going to go. Maybe it will fit in the cabbage patch somewhere.

7 comments:

Damo said...

I know what you mean about lack of space, I made a new bed yesterday and it's 3/4s full already!

Amy said...

It looks great and I'm impressed that you have such a good plan. I have no idea of the exact size of my plot and I'm absolutly terrible at working out how much space things will take up so I just kind of wing it, somehow things seem to fit together ok.

Liz said...

Your plot is looking very tidy! Looking forward to seeing how you get on with growing in the year ahead.

Jo said...

I got my strawberry bed tidied up at the beginning of the year, a mulch has kept the weeds down. I've got some sweetpeas to plant out at the allotment. I know some people plant them amongst the beans, but I'm going to build them a wigwam of their own.

Rachael said...
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Kella said...

Hi I'm just catching up on everyone's blogs that I follow.

Your plot looks really good and well tidy for the year a head, space is a rare thing when you begin to grow your own food, no matter how much you have you always need more!

coffeeandapplepie said...

Looking very tidy!! AND very organised!