Allotment Adventures: Worrying

I’m a complete basket case right now and worried about every little thing, I know it’s going ok and it looks lovely.But I have the creeping fear that it’s all going to go wrong and everything will die. Let’s start with the winter squash. This is probably my fault. The ‘squash in the box’ were I thought both Baby Blue Hubbards. This is not true one is a baby blue, the other is a Boston Squash. Ok, so all was going well, and then the bloody aphids had a go and all the baby squash got brown and died. And then this happened.

I have one massive boston squash and one baby blue that so far seem unaffected but I have about 7 weeks before they’re ready and I’m not holding out hope, except of course I am and it’s agonising!

Aphids are also the reason for the massive pick of rhubarb, did you know that rhubarb can get aphids, nope I didn’t either. But I stripped the plant and am now drowning ants on it on a regular basis. We pulled up sweetpeas next to the greenhouse because they got greenfly. The french beans have aphids too and the cucumbers have mildew. I’m a wreck of worry because I’m I am worried about tomato blight and why the patty pan has yet to produce one fruit (the ones in the produce photo are gifts from a plot neighbour.) Then Ma points out that the carrots are ok, we’ve had over two kilos of beans from three rows of plants (half a bed), that the crookneck plant is doing well, that the butternut squash plant has six squash and is a monster, that we had blight last year and got tomatoes, that we grew beetroot, that the leek and salad beds are fine, that the cucumbers are still producing, there was even kale this week and “really Nic, you just need to stop being so negative”.Easy for her to say, she ate the first ripe tomato! However, she’s right, she often is, so here are the produce pictures from last week (minus that tomato!)On Monday, I sent Kathy home with a courgette, a cucumber and a crookneck, some parsley and basil. The plums are almost ready as are the tomatoes and I need to stop being so anxious about it (especially given that yesterday I was just talking about the problem of expecting perfection!)So last weekend, we weeded, we watered, we picked and we built a new brassica cage.We also viewed the rain from the shed while having a cup of teaIt’s all ok. Some of it will go wrong and that’s ok too.

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5 Responses to Allotment Adventures: Worrying

  1. Roo says:

    It looks super productive already and we are only in July. Plenty of time for veg overload!

    • nicdempsey says:

      I’m happy with the produce but just worrying that the plants are happy. I like to find things to worry about I think! I have to remember that I’m still new, this is my first full growing season and I’m still learning!

  2. Filed words says:

    Have you read James Wong’s ‘Homegrown Revolution’? His toxin-free bug spray suggests heating 1 litre of water… (I skip the next bit which brings in chillies to deter rodents.) While liquid still hot add tsp of eco washing up liquid or similar and stir. Then a tsp of neem oil which I found at local Neal’s Yard shop. Mist plants morning or evening. (The neem oil is the insecticide bit and in theory only hits the baddies, not butterflies or bees.) He has other suggestions too – like chamomile tea for fungal infections… plus or minus fresh clove of garlic mushed up. Strain and put in spray bottle. That is very cheap in comparison with the neem oil so you could give it a try on your mouldy squash! Fascinating book and my plants seem to like the sprays I’ve mixed up.

  3. Oliver Murry says:

    Those pictures really satisfy both eyes. I love walk between them.

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