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.

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6 thoughts on “Bumper crops

    1. Thank you for your comments. We are really enjoying our first year on our new allotment. We are amazed at the amount of crops we have. Yes, swapping produce is great. Love following your blog, you have some fantastic ideas. x

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