It’s lovely to be back blogging again and I have so much to tell you, but equally I have had a lovely break.
At the beginning of the school holidays we went to Scarborough and had a wonderful time. We stopped in a Travelodge again for six nights and it cost us just £230 for two adults and two children with breakfast included…..what a bargain!
We were so lucky with the weather, as it was really hot the week we were there and we spent every day on the beach. The sea was so calm and clear, we could even see little fishes swimming around in it. With the heat, it felt like we were abroad.
My friend at my allotment watered my polytunnel for me while I was away and he did a grand job, but I must say I was worried about my other crops as it was so hot and I had told him not to bother watering them, but they all seemed to be ok. I was very pleased that I had planted my runner beans on top of a runner bean trench, that I had filled with old peelings, etc. during the winter, as this would certainly have helped to retain the moisture.
You can read how I made my runner bean trenches here.
Since we came back from our holiday I have been frantically harvesting all my crops at the allotment. What a difference a year makes! This time last year it was really wet and crops were struggling to grow, but this year is a bumper year for most things, though I have found that some things are still behind due to the cold spring we had e.g. pumpkins, butternut squashes and my early apples.
I’ve tried to remember to take photos of the things I harvested over the last couple of weeks, but I did keep forgetting. So here are the few pictures that I did take:
Remember the ‘cauliflower stomp’ I do before I plant my cauliflowers, to tread the ground down so it is firm (as this helps to stop cauliflowers from ‘blowing’)…. I thought I would show you proof that it works:
My runner beans have been doing well too. I thought I would show you a picture of some of the beans the plants have produced as I think they are amazing. One of them measured nearly 15 inches, which I know isn’t a prize winner, but I think it’s great for every day runner beans. This variety is called ‘Enorma’, which is supposed to be one of the most successful exhibition runner beans, which has been given the R.H.S. Award of Merit. I can see why, as they not only grow to a good length but they also taste delicious :
I don’t know if you remember, I planted Nasturtiums next to my runner bean plants, as blackflies prefer Nasturtiums to the beans. My runner beans are showing no sign what so ever of blackflies, but the nasturtiums are covered. This shows that companion planting really does work, as I really don’t need to spray my runner beans with any pesticides:
My second early potatoes were ready when I got back from holiday, so I dug them up and brought them home. Early potatoes won’t store as long as late varieties, so I make sure we eat them first. As I couldn’t stay too long at my allotment, I brought them home and laid them on my table to dry out and then I put them in sacks ready to store until we use them:
I noticed my early potatoes did have a lot of slug holes again, though they can still be used. I wonder if there were so many slugs around in the soil after last year, that we are bound to see lots of holes? I would love to hear how your potatoes are and if your earlies have also suffered from slug holes?
My flowers have been beautiful this year too and have the added bonus of attracting beneficial insects onto my plot:
It’s been a pleasure taking some cut flowers home too:
The only job I have really done at the allotment over the last few weeks other than watering and picking, is to plant a few more lettuces in my polytunnel, to keep us from running out:
I’m really amazed I managed to get them to fit in my polytunnel as it’s full to bursting point inside of it:
I still have so much to share with you, but I think I better finish for today.
I really hope you have enjoyed reading my blog. I will be back on Monday as usual.