We've also celebrated our 1st wedding anniversary with a trip to Brussels on the Eurostar:
I have to cut myself a bit of slack, as it is only my first full year with an allotment. Will next year be easier?? At least I know what grows well (onions, leeks & garlic) and what doesn’t or is too labour intensive. (Peas & beans)
I have had very encouraging comments from fellow plot holders, who have admired my raised wooden beds and weed controlling pathways. It was worth all the effort last year, but I still find it a chore to strim round the edges!
Here are a few photos of how it’s all looking:
The onions have now all been lifted and are drying up side down on the slats of the staging in the greenhouse at home. They were being devoured by slugs & snails and beginning to get waterlogged stems, but are all a good size and I haven't lost many.
This snail had managed to get right inside the onion leaf!!
The leeks are in and covered with netting to stop the birds pulling them out. I used a broom handle to make holes 8 inches deep to plant them in- both tips suggested by my experienced plot neighbour.
The sprouts have little buds forming, we've started eating the tender leaves of the curly kale, but the peas have struggled against bird & slug attack.
Sadly the lettuces were devoured completely during 5 days of rain when I wasn't able to get to the plot. I think I'll stick to growing them in the garden next year, where they will be closer to hand and easier to keep an eye on.
At least it's looking like the sweetcorn have benefitted from all the rain we've had and have grown massively in a month!
My favourite flowers in bloom in the garden at the moment are:
Calla Lilly (Zantedeschia)
Lilly unknown (from B&Q which has overcome relentless slug attack!)
A special hello to Martin & Marion, fellow plot holders, who stumbled across my blog while searching the web for ladybird houses. (see my post from Sept 2006)