Friday, September 21, 2007

How the allotment started...

Dave has just sent me this photo and I'm stunned at how much has been done over the past 2 and a half years! Photo was taken on the 26th Feb 2005. Even the neighbours have an improved plot! Brambles at the back have been cut down once since I've been working on plot 21 but they still come back thick and fast! Makes you realise how much work was put in through the bitterly cold winters digging and the blistering heat of picking produce.

Early 2005
Summer 2006

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Amusing vegetable!

I love funny looking vegetables. Supermarket veg is just so boring in shape, always perfectly straight and the perfect orange. Our carrots are conversation starters!! I don't know how they do it (well, no, I do actually but I'm not going to get technical!) but I love the fact that they just look odd. They seem to split into 4 and then twirl their extra carrotty bits around each other! Some of course - just look plain rude but I'll leave that your imagination!

Have a gander at these weird carrotts!
Giant sunflowers - we love em!
Turning orange, it's turning orange.....wooo-hoooo!!!
The pumpkin plant was potted about 2 metres behind the cherry tree. Funny how they nestle in odd places!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

September and it's all overgrown!!

Really tall sunflowers!! These are great - Some of their heads are enormous! Most have dropped their heads now so I'm collecting seeds for eating / sowing next year. :)
Pumpkins are doing well but I still fear slug damage! I've dug up the cherry tomato plants as they were in the runner bean shade and thus died. I'll remember next time where I plant things so that they are not next to giant plants!
Yellow courgettes have been lovely (especially in curries!) and the runner beans have been bonkers as usual!
I'd like to run peas up the sunflowers next year as they have grown really well and some have great supports.

This is our second largest sunflower and the bees love it!
Pumpkin turning orange!!

Yummy yellow courgettes!

Hmm...sweetcorn damage. Mice? Birds?

Bzzzzz zzzzz zzzzz
Standard courgette
Lots and lots and lots of runner beans!!