It's been a while since I last posted here on my blog so today I'm sharing what's been going on, both up the allotment and in the garden, over the past few months.
To start, a few updates from the allotment.
ALLOTMENT MAY 2019
Back in May there was huge activity and excitment up the ol' lottie. One of the biggest thrills was finding a discarded, metal bed frame dumped by a bus stop, which I thought would make a great climbing frame for peas. The wildlife / wildflower bed started to emerge and the tadpoles, bought from the pond back home, had settled in.
In June the excitement reached fever pitch. Harvesting what you've grown yourself is so satisfying and being able to fill your plate with homegrown deliciousness is an amazing feeling and makes all the hardwork and effort worth it. It's not all gone to plan...something went wrong with our spuds, with hardly any plant growth so we've only had a few potatoes to eat and I will leave Pak Choi until the cooler months from now on as it bolts very quickly when the temperature rises.
Fast forward to July and the allotment is heaving.
We've had strawberries, lettuces, peas, french beans, cabbages, purple sprouting broccoli, radishes, spring onions....shall I go on? 😆😆😆 Rhubarb, gooseberries, beetroot, chard, kohlrabi and broad beans.
But it's not all been about feeding family and friends, it's about feeding the wildlife too, encouraging good critters to the plot and avoiding the use of chemicals.
You may recall my post about Grow Wild wildflower seeds and the beds that I created just for wildlife. Well those beds have been incredible and provided a huge range of beautiful flowers that the insects have loved and it's not over yet, there are plants for the whole year to keep insect bellies full.
Back home, the garden has been its best ever...only taken 20 years...lol.
At the moment the Zinnias are taking centre stage...
...and the passion flower, that I've been growing up through the apple tree, has finally bloomed.
We also have a couple of new additions...a big, bright, orange planter by the pond to give a permanent pop of colour and an arch, up which I'm growing a heavily scented white jasmine.
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Hope to see you there.