May 2022 - This second page is started to record the Allotment Adventures of a new gardening year.
See the original Allotment Adventure page to see how this all started.
*** Latest Update - 12th June - Asparagus harvest and parties! ***
We have been sorting out the paths between the beds by laying cardboard and wood chips. All ready for planting out our veg which is currently in the greenhouse at home. Matt has been keeping in top of the bind weed and we have signs of asparagus in the beds. We have also had a bumper harvest of rhubarb too.
We have had a busy few weeks at the allotment, the warmer weather is definitely making a difference and the weeds are keeping us on our toes. We regularly go down there on a Friday and have started to go on a Tuesday evening too for a couple of hours. We planted our chitted potatoes in April, this year we are growing Cara, Charlotte and Kondor. We have also been planting out some of the veg we grew at home including spinach, spring onions, lettuce and beetroots. We sowed carrot seeds and some extra spinach, spring onions and lettuce to compare direct sewing with growing from seed in cells. Friends at the allotment gave us some cabbage, cauliflower, brussel sprout, leek and broccoli plants so those have been planted out and covered in mesh to keep the birds off. Finally we have had some lovely surprises at the allotment, lovely tulips, irises, four batches of asparagus so far and some self seeded radishes.
We have had a great few weeks down at the allotment. The allotment association held two events which we attended, a BBQ and a Jubilee Party. It's been great to get to know some of the other allotment holders. We harvested about six batches of asparagus and even made an omelette at the allotment one evening. We have stopped harvesting it now to give the plants a chance to build up reserves of energy for next year. It has been a challenge keeping everywhere weed free but we cleared an additional area next to the greenhouse to plant a bean row. Other new crops going in include sweetcorn, we'll be planting squash and climbing beans in this bed too, this is called the three sisters. It's a stacked garden that uses three layers of plants in the same space. We'll have to see how it goes