Allotment Adventures: Achievement

We didn’t spend much time at the plot this weekend, I collected tomatoes on Wednesday and we had leeks, kale, tomatoes, summer squash and some spring onions and carrots at the at the weekend but we were only on the plot briefly on Sunday.

This autumn seems to have come on all at once with rain and cooler temperatures and I can almost see the plot closing up shop for the winter.

I need, in the next week or so, to sow lettuce, spring onions and mustard greens and then the rest of the year on the plot will be about covering beds, harvested winter crops and long term planning.

It’s human nature to focus on the next thing that needs doing and at least half of my brain is planning painting the shed, decorating the plot for Halloween and the Pumpkin Walk, planning new beds and how generally I’m going to do it so much better next season. I think it’s a particular flaw of mine to focus on what I did wrong/what went wrong, see blackfly, strawberries not doing well, garlic rust and now leek rust, we only got one baby blue hubbard squash, the cucumbers could have done better, the onions bolted, the potatoes got frost bitten, the list is endless. Someone asked me what I grew this year and when I listed it, I suddenly remembered all the good things we did do this summer, we got something out of all of it, not a lot of all of it, (strawberries, rhubarb, cosmos) but something. In fact the only thing that we didn’t get anything from this year was the gooseberries, which is why they got such a haircut. Here’s the list and some pictures

  1. Onions
  2. Garlic
  3. Broad beans
  4. Radishes
  5. Peas
  6. Raspberries
  7. Rhubarb
  8. Summer squash (courgettes, crookneck, patty pans)
  9. Tomatoes (orange banana, jen’s tangerine cherry, red cherry, amish paste,  and the gifted tomatoes – moneymaker, gardener’s delight, black russian, unknow cherry tomato)
  10. Cucumber
  11. Potatoes
  12. Herbs annual (dill, parsley, basil, coriander, borage)
  13. Herbs perennial (chives, russian tarragon, lemon verbena, rosemary, sage, oregano, thyme, lavender,mint)
  14. Flowers (grape hyacinth, anemones, freesias, california poppies, afgan poppies, marigolds, stock, nasturtiums, cosmos, sweet peas)
  15. Winter Squash (boston, baby blue hubbard, butternut squash)
  16. Salad and spinach
  17. Leeks
  18. Beetroot
  19. Plums
  20. Carrots
  21. Spring onions
  22. French Beans
  23. Broccoli
  24. Kale
  25. Chard (thank you birds)
  26. Strawberries (not very many!)
  27. Sweet Peppers
  28. Mystery plant that turned out to be Love Lies Bleeding

There’s another list too of things that I’ve not got anything from yet:

Chard, pak choi, day lillies, a spring cabbage, winter radish, more kale.

At the weekend one of the other allotment neighbours that we chat with was saying how annoying it was that my tomatoes had done so well as she didn’t get one before the blight hit. Which sucks and I’m sure that I’ll have years like that. This year though, I got tomatoes and even if autumn comes early and I have to pack up shop, I’ve done really well, this is my first full growing season, I’ve got some winter crops and while I’m not at all self sufficient, Ma and I have kept ourselves in produce for most of the summer and packed freezers. So I haven’t sorted out the beds entirely, the cosmos only just flowered and the gooseberries got mildew, we achieved and grew loads this year.

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