Our allotment has been a hive of inactivity this week, due to a cricked neck and a not so glamorous surgical collar. But as most of the brassica plants are still in modules and taking their time about this growing lark, it wasn’t a disaster.
We did have a quick trip up to the plot to harvest some greens for Sunday dinner. The kale is just starting to go to seed, so we were keen to rescue as much as possible before it ends its days in compost heaven. The yield has been a lot lower than last year, and the Redbor Kale, while looking glorious, has been a disappointment.
The perpetual spinach is revelling in the warmer weather and the purple sprouting has finally decided to reward us with some succulent heads. It wasn’t a bad haul … we came home with just over a kilo of kale, and ½ kg of both spinach and purple sprouting. Guess what we’ll be eating this week?
Update on the ‘Good Life’ carrots
I was keen to see if our ‘Good Life’ pre-sprouted carrots were making an appearance … but to date … not a trace! We get a lot of Common Fumitory on the allotment and, as a ‘weedling’, looks very similar to a carrot. One or two are appearing in the carrot bed, but I’ve been conned by these before, so this time there was no mistake and they were swiftly removed!
The first of our swede seeds have germinated! With some very warm weather forecast for the coming week, we removed the cloches in case our precious swede got cooked prematurely. The seedlings are just appearing, as you will see from the picture.
And finally … we checked up on our shrubs which we planted last weekend. We took some cuttings from a Solanum in the garden last year, with the intention of planting a couple on the edge of the allotment. We have a metal arch (recycled from the garden) across the path which already has a young honeysuckle growing up it. We’ve added a Solanum and a clematis which we’ve been nurturing at home for the occasion. They all look to be happy and healthy and 2 of the Solanum are already producing buds.
So it was a low-effort allotment weekend … but expect better things from us next weekend over the Bank Holiday … weather permitting!