Allotment Diary (January – Week 4)
Another week of almost no sun and a lot of rain, the surrounding plots are almost completely flooded now and I have stepping stones on the path to allow me to get to mine. Its been a grim gardening month, that’s for sure. The main casualty continues to be the lettuce crops, which have completely stalled for the first time, otherwise we are still harvesting well.
I’ve done almost no work on the allotment, a total of 4 hours and most of that was harvesting and pruning. The best that can be said of January is that I’m well on top of everything. All of the ground work is done, berries, apples and pears are pruned. Every bed that can be is planted and I have loads of seeds sown, germinated and nearing planting time. I’m still visiting the site most days, but mainly for the interesting walk!
In fact I’m still planting, this week I put in a bed of early sprouts that will be forced for lovely tender leaves in the hungry gap. I also potted on my early baking potatoes. All the planting from earlier in the month is growing on well. Much of the over-wintered veg is doing well, apart from the salads, but the new plantings are strong. The garlic is looking great, the beans are up, the spinach is a life saver!
I’m now resigned to poor harvests for a few weeks, cooked veg harvests are still excellent, but I’m not planning to harvest salads and I’m eating fruit salads instead, it’s not so bad.
The photo above is however our total harvest for the week! We are really starting to feel the jack of Jennie’s plot this week, no cauliflower, no purple sprouting broccoli, no winter cauliflowers, very few field bean tops for example; next year will be better!
This all sounds quite depressing, but in a way it’s the opposite. Seedlings production is going really well and I’m already surrounded by tremendous growth. I’m thrilled to bits with the young calabrese, cauliflowers, cabbages, kales, lettuces, peppers, chillis and much more. The early potatoes are growing brilliantly and the harvest from the stored pots of new potatoes is excellent.
I’ve also managed to get in a few good hikes – albeit in the rain – along the beach, through the dunes and back via the countryside.
I’ve also managed to keep up with videos for this week’s activities and more importantly my eBook chapters are getting finished just before they need to be written for the veg concerned.
My sowing timeline is almost totally dictated by grow light space now, which actually helps me decide what I can sow when, which is a big help as I’m often tempted to sow too much too early! Here’s what I sowed this week:
Here’s what we planted this week
Here’s our harvests for the year so far, with the most recent at the top. We hit our target for last year and harvested over £12,000.
Here’s a list of the preserves for last year.
I always like to keep a track of or first harvest dates and you can find a summary of those here:
YouTube videos for the week can be found here: