Allotment Diary (February – week 1)

What we’ve harvested and eaten
We harvested a total of £70 worth of veg this week, excluding anything from the store. We had over 40 meals with ingredients from the allotment and contributed to two other families.

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, spinach, claytonia 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 a guide to what I’m growing and sowing in Febuary,

Then a video of me mulching the fruit trees and preparing the polytunnel for a few days of hard frosts.

What I’ve sowed

What I’ve planted
I’ve planted two tubs of Swift which are now in the back bedroom

I’ve potted on

First harvests of the year

Last harvests of the year

What’s left in store
Potatoes – 2 medium sized bags
Carrots – 3.5 big boxes
Onions – 2 large boxes
Shallots – 1 large box
Squash – 1 Crown Prince
Beets – 4 big boxes
Dried Apples – 1 big cool bag
Dried Pears – 1 big cool bag

What we’ve processed for preserving

The first harvest of spinach
The salads and brassicas are wonderful
Dried pears used to cost us a lot, now free, we’ve paid for the dehydrator in pears alone!

I’m almost over the dreadful itchy rash! The mix of mild then cold weather is weakening a lot of the salads and we are losing quite a few to various fungal diseases, but we have enough.

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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