Allotment Diary (July – Week 1)
Two of my four daughters live very close by, but the other two are in the London area, which is a 5-7 hour drive away, depending on the traffic. As a result we only see them a few times a year and they – and their families – are staying with us over the next two weeks. As a result we’ve been busy: decorating, cleaning, tidying and generally making the house and garden visitor ready.
I’ve also been trying to get well ahead on my gardening jobs, to minimise the amount of time I spend away from them. It’s been a busy, but fun filled week. Aside from the joy of seeing family again, it’s also a great motivator to get all those little jobs finished!
On the gardening front I’ve cleared and replanted the gaps between the tomatoes with beetroot and golden purslane and planted spinach in one of the garden beds. I still have two garden beds waiting to be planted, which will happen next week and then I will be 100% planted again.
I’m also continuing to plant carrot containers, we’ve used these containers for our summer and soon to be, early autumn harvests. Our main crop for late autumn, winter and spring are in the ground.
I’m also rapidly harvesting the last of our second earlies and replanting the containers with Charlotte’s which will be harvested as salad potatoes from November until April, when our new season harvest is ready.
I’ve not had time for any days away from St Annes this week, but I’ve done plenty of beach walks.
I’ve a new way of tracking my first harvest dates now. The beauty of this new system is that it’s fully integrated with my sowing records, so I automatically get ‘sowing to harvest’ and ‘planting to harvest’ data. New firsts are at the top.
Here’s what I sowed this week:
Here’s what we planted this week.
We are now at full harvest volume, feeding everyone on our target list for this year and one lucky extra person as we have a bit of a surplus.
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. We will never harvest as much again as we have less land now, our objective has changed now.
Here’s a list of the preserves for last year. We don’t have any preserves this year yet, although Debbie is certainly making a lot of stewed rhubarb and dried parsley for immediate use!
YouTube videos for the week can be found here: