Plot tales

After a few weeks of on and off rain, (but only a small amount of sun) the allotment is looking very full.

Come and see!

This is the first view of my plot as you reach the allotment site, we are one of the top plots near the gate.

The woven fence is still holding strong, and we have started wondering about making it extend further around the plot, it will be a good Winter job if we do.

Allotment plot 7a

Round the corner and through the hazel arch. My plot finishes where you can see a small pile of sticks on the floor, this is where the bug hotel will live when I finally get around to making it. (this may also become another Winter job...)

Allotment plot 7a

A lovely jumble of vegetables and flowers, this was just what I wanted and I am so very pleased with it.

Allotment plot 7a
Allotment plot 7a

Kale with rain droplets on

Allotment plot 7a

The pumpkins are starting to swell nicely, this one is 'Tom Fox' and should be quite large by Halloween when we can carve some and eat the rest.

Allotment plot 7a
Allotment plot 7a

Some more pumpkins growing well, but they are on the other end of the size scale, here is the start of 'Jack be Little' tiny pumpkins I am really looking forward to eating.

Allotment plot 7a

The courgettes are growing at a rate of knots, I sowed too many and now we have a crazy amount of courgettes. Seriously, we cant eat that many, I think I will be making a relish with them in the next few days (I will blog the recipe when I do)

Allotment plot 7a

In the polytunnel the tomatoes are looking great, although I don't have any turning green yet. So after a conversation with my lovely and knowledgable plot neighbour I have just cut off a lot of leaves to make air flow and light better to the fruits. 

Allotment plot 7a

Cucumbers seem to be very happy and we are getting about 5 cucumbers a week - again quite a lot to eat so I think I will make pickle with them as well. This variety 'Marketmore' doesn't have smooth skin, but is very tasty.

Allotment plot 7a

Some of the Swiss Chard went to seed, but others have been OK. This is delicious, I need to find more recipes with Swiss Chard but have been using it like a spinach. 

Allotment plot 7a

And the flowers, ahh I am so pleased with all the flowers that are growing.  The kids bed is looking magnificent and has been really attracting the bees which is what we wanted.

And that is how Plot 7a has been growing over the last few weeks.