Pictures from the plot

It’s been a bumper produce weekend on the allotment. Despite the slow and wet start to the season everything is now doing well. So I won’t waffle on, I will let the pictures tell the story so far.

We are enjoying the fruits of our labour. I’m still amazed by the amount of lovely crops that we are picking. We’ve grow a few different things, Lemon cucumber, which does not taste of lemon at all. The jelly melon, very weird, not sure what that will taste like, will keep you posted on that.

Hope everyone else is enjoying their produce. x

On the plot

Life on the plot is very busy at the moment. Everything is growing very well. We are picking runner beans, french beans, purple french beans, beetroot, courgettes and our raspberries are still producing delicious fruits.

The tomatoes in our greenhouse at home are ripening, very slowly. The cucumbers have suddenly decided to go mad! I’ve also grown lemon cucumbers, not sure what they will taste like. For the first time ever, I have very respectable peppers.

With the surplus veg I have made the most amazing allotment relish. If you have a glut of courgettes,  has I do, relish uses a large amount of them.

It’s been a wonderful 1st year for us on the plot, growing your own is definitely rewarding. The taste and freshness alone are worth all of the hard work. Meeting other growers, swapping surplus produce and chatting about success or failure is great. I would recommend an allotment to anyone. I’m definitely in favour of the peace and stress free environment it provides.

I would also like to say a very big thank you to all of the other bloggers, you are an inspiration. I enjoy catching up with all of you.

Thank you

 

Bumper crops

It’s been a very busy few days here in Derbyshire. I’ve been desperate to update my blog but haven’t found the time, sorry. We went to a friend’s wedding at the weekend, a wonderful time was had by all. Sadly we said goodbye to a good friend on Thursday. He had a humanist funeral, it was a perfect way to say goodbye to Peter, you will be missed. Our allotment is feeding us and friends exceptionally well. We have lifted all of our early and second early potatoes, they are sorted and stored into hessian bags. The french beans, runner beans, peas, beetroot, cauliflower and courgettes are cropping very well. Our raspberries and red currants have been turned into jams and jellies.

We have had the last of the rhubarb and celery. Our neighbour Mick gave us a couple of artichoke heads to try…. not impressed, to much messing around for very little flavour. He said that he had tried them,  but decided they were better left to flower for the bees. I tend to agree with him. It’s also been a time of swap your surplus crops on the site, love it. We exchanged courgettes for gooseberries which have made a lovely jelly. Rasperries for red cabbage plants and brussel sprout plants. It’s such a lovely way to prevent wasted crops. We have also given another plot holder our surplus rhubarb, he’s going to turn it into orange and rhubard marmalade, sounds great.

I’ve been delighted with how things have grown on our plot. There have been a few mishaps, our first sowing of carrots did nothing! The swift early potatoes were poor croppers. The first sowing of swiss chard was pathetic and our peas haven’t been great. I’m not disheartened, I am already thinking about next year and maybe I will do a few things differently.

I hope everyone is enjoying the summer. I would like to thank all the lovely people who follow my blog, you are wonderful xx

I would also like to say how much I enjoy following other bloggers. It’s amazing what you all manage to pack into your busy lives.