It seems like this year has been very typical so far – a proper rainy and sunny spring and now a sunny warm June. It’s made for much easier veg growing than 2007 and 2008. This year we took up half of the big lawn that the kids don’t play on anymore, and turned into allotments for Alex and Sorrel, and Alaric and Lucy. They are having a splendid start to their veg growing as everything is growing away so well. I think, if they decide not to continue on our plots (maybe because they move to houses with bigger gardens or whatever) then we’ll advertise for new allotment tenants as this seems like the best use of this space – better than boring grass that no-one ever uses and just needs mowing. But for now, it seems they’ll carry on growing here for the foreseeable future.
Here’s some pics of the allotments:
Sorrel and Alex have potatoes, beetroot, parsnips, carrots, courgettes, onions, red and white cabbages, sprouts, tomatoes, chillies and aubergines. Al and Lucy have just maincrop spuds, runner beans, onions, sprouts, parsnips, beetroot and carrots. Al deliberately chose later cropping stuff as they were busy growing Erin too – she is 4 weeks old tomorrow!
Our vege plot is also doing very well this year. We have early and maincrop spuds – earlies should be ready soon. Also leeks, onions, shallots, red sprout, sprouts, cabbage, romanescu, broccoli (I never know how to spell that), purple sprouting, carrots, parsnips, radishes (almost over now), lettuces, beetroot, chard, spinach trying to bolt, broad beans, runner beans, peas, french beans, courgettes, butternut squash, tomatoes, chillies, cucumbers and melons. But then we have more space:
So that’s the story of the veg plot and allotments so far for 2009. Will keep posting any news – hopefully all good news this year as we’re not going to have another wash-out blight-ridden summer, I hope.