Monday, 7 July 2014

the constant battle of the allotmentor

Been a busy few weeks here so haven't been up to plot 45 as often as we would have liked. The weeds have come from no where to take over again. So here's an update as to where we are today.

As you can see we have been invaded again but we are winning the battle once more.

All hands on deck and working as a team, the kids filling the wheelbarrow (not a good idea to try pushing the wheelbarrow one handed) and Mark laying the weed barrier....

Our raised beds have all been tidied again and we have a good layer of bark chippings down.

We've also finally got around to planting our sweetcorn and the last of our pumpkins, they've been sat on our patio table for weeks!

Our beans are going strong and CP enjoys helping herself to a few pods each time we go.

My flower bed has been invaded by dock leaves and nettles. After several hours of wedding...

All in bloom and looking good.

I spent a couple of hours on the plot this morning working on the flowerbed. I managed to clear all the weeds to the left and put a few more nemesia in before CP decided she'd had enough. I only have a small section at the back left to weed.

Our courgettes, pumpkins and squash looked to be struggling a couple of weeks ago.

Amazing how much they have grown in two weeks. The little one in the middle is a pumpkin  plant we've had sat at home waiting to go in.

we've also had the first of our beets. Both bigger than a tennis ball. CP and Jas have decided they like the leaves so very little will be wasted.

We also discovered our lone carrot has a friend ;-)

So what's the next plans?

Somewhere behind the squash and courgettes are our potatoes in need of rescuing.

We have not been able to get to our patio table for weeks! We have sweet peas, 2 different types of beans, lettuce, spinach, red chard, more tomatoes than we know what to do with! Leeks and sunflowers. I also picked up a tray of golden beetroot seen as our beets have been such a success. At the plot we have purple sprouts and broccoli also waiting to go in. 

This weeks mission has got to be getting the weeds managed again and getting this lot in. With the summer hols approaching we need to be able to sit out in the garden and relax after a long day working on the plot.

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