3.OCTOBER

My plots were judged for the second time early in September, the usual in the city allotment competition. Now I can try and forget all about it as we won’t find out the result for some time. Today was one day that we didn’t have rain so I went down the allotment, just to see if there is anything else I could harvest. There always is!

My beetroot is just amazing – I can’t remember what I did to prepare the ground but it  worked. This is certainly the best harvest I have had in all my years growing veg there.

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Not just the beetroot, it is everything else – the last of the sweetcorn, runner beans, giant carrots and the best of all – raspberries! These are the autumn fruiting variety and they keep on giving.

Getting the second greenhouse certainly was worth it – another generous picking of tomatoes.

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You can’t beat a home-made tomato soup!

SUNFLOWERS

The time for measuring is here – the annual talest sunflower competition is upon us and this year I’m quite confident that I’ll do well.

The tallest one is 9ft and 11 inches. It stands beside the greenhouse so it is protected and also needs to grow tall to reach the light. I think that’s the secret!

PRIZE GIVING

Yesterday was finally the day when I was able to collect my prize.

As usual the ‘do’ was in St. Mary’s hall, in the Council house – a great place, full of atmosphere. My irreverent thought was that I should go dressed in my gardening finery – muddy wellies and dirty gardening trousers and sweater. But that thought went and I dressed as I should, smart-casual.

It was a very pleasant evening and what made it even better was that our Lord Mayor is an allotment gardener himself so he could fully appreciate our hard work.

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I managed to get 170 point out of 200 possible and that was 2 points more than the winning men’s entry! I think we should get rid of the ‘ladies’ and ‘men’ sections and just have one overall category. I can dig as good (or better) as any man!

There’s a challenge!