Allotment Diary (January Week 4)

What we’ve harvested and eaten

We harvested a ‘grand’ total of £75 worth of veg this week, excluding anything from the store.  We had 35 meals with ingredients from the allotment and fed two other families.

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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, chard, kalettes, 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 beetroot and dried pears/apples.

Videos published

I published two videos, first up was me planting perpetual spinach, radish and three new trees: Braeburn, Red Devil (apples) and Sunburst (cherry):

Then a video of me talking about forcing strawberries and extending the season

What I’ve sowed


What I’ve planted

I’ve planted three tubs of Swift which are now in the conservatory

I’ve potted on:

  1. Cabbage Mini Savoy
  2. Kale Dazzling blue
  3. Kale Nero
  4. Cauliflower All year round
  5. Bush Tomato Red Robin
  6. Bush Tomato Tumbling Tom red
  7. Cordon Tomato Yellow delight

I’ve planted radish in the polytunnel and perpetual spinach and radish in one of the cold-frames. I’ve also moved the early strawberries into the conservatory and the polytunnel

First harvests of the year


Last harvests of the year


What’s left in store

  1. Potatoes – 2 medium sized bags
  2. Carrots – 3.5 big boxes
  3. Onions – 2 large boxes
  4. Shallots – 1 large box
  5. Squash – 1 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 first batch of potatoes (Charlotte) have broken through the top of their pots, they will be going to the polytunnel soon.


I’m over the flu, but all of my upper legs (trunk to calves) is covered with an incredibly itchy rash, that is driving me just a little bit crazy! Doctors think this is an auto-immune reaction and I’m on steroids.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, that always happens at this time of year.

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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