Allotment Diary (January Week 3)

What we’ve harvested and eaten

We harvested a ‘grand’ total of £65 worth of veg this week, excluding anything from the store.  We had 28 meals with ingredients from the allotment.

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Here’s a photo of one of the harvests. We picked new potatoes, broccoli, sprouts, brocollini, lots of types of kale, kalettes, red and golden beets, spring onions, celery, rocket, lots of bean tops and loads of lettuce. We also raided the store for: carrots, potatoes, onions, shallots, garlic, red cabbage, red beetroot and dried pears/apples.

Videos published

I published two videos, first up was me planting out early peas, calabrese, cauliflower and flowers on the allotment:

Then a video of me talking to the camera about what’s unique and wonderful about an allotment?

What I’ve sowed

I’ve sowed quite a lot this week:

Cabbage Red Fuego
Cabbage Mini Savoy
Kale Dazzling blue
Kale Nero
Cauliflower All year round
Leek Muscleborough
Onion Sturon
Beetroot Bolthardy
Leek Muscleborough
Potato Charlotte
Bush Tomato Red Robin
Cordon Tomato Sungold
Bush Tomato Tumbling Tom red
Bush Tomato Tumbling Tom yellow
Cordon Tomato Yellow delight
Cordon Tomato Lodi

What I’ve planted

I’ve planted Deuce Provence and Oregan Sugar Snap Peas, these are in pots in the polytunnel and at the back of cold-frames.

First harvests of the year


Last harvests of the year

We picked the last of the apples from the store

What’s left in store

  1. Potatoes – 2 medium sized bags
  2. Carrots – 4 big boxes
  3. Onions – 2 large boxes
  4. Shallots – 1 large box
  5. Squash – 2 Crown Prince
  6. Beets – 4 big boxes
  7. Dried Apples – 1 big cool bag
  8. Dried Pears – 1 big cool bag

What have we processed for preserving



The salads are really good, last year we had none to pick at all, so despite the challenges of 2018, we are doing OK.


I’ve had ‘flu’ for half of the week and I’m still feeling full of cold and weary.  In addition all of my upper legs (trunk to knees) is covered with an incredibly itchy rash, that is driving me just a little bit crazy!

We’ve got a few aphid problems in the greenhouse and polytunnel, so I’ve made up a batch of home made garlic spray and I will be using that regularly from now on.

A few of the lettuces had downy mildew on the leaves and we losts a few plants to rotten stems.

Steve Richards

I'm retired from work as a business and IT strategist. now I'm travelling, hiking, cycling, swimming, reading, gardening, learning, writing this blog and generally enjoying good times with friends and family

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