30. OCTOBER

I had another helper on the allotment yesterday – my grandson Louis came in the afternoon. We took the kitchen scraps for the composter bins, harvested some parsnips and I tried my luck with the sweet potato. I’m quite pleased, from under two plants I got one sweet potato, reasonably sized. I think it’ll be fine as a jacket potato for myself and Frank, with some salad to give us a bit more for lunch.

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The forecast for today was quite good, at least for the morning, so I went to the farm to finish planting the garlic. I planted the first lot a few weeks ago and that is already sprouting, it didn’t take too long.

The latest garlic only came the other day and I ordered it purely because of its name.

I still had some time left so  I started some more weeding, this time in my little herb area. I have got a couple of pear trees, one apple and a damson bush there, also a gooseberry, a few chilean guavas and a bay tree. This will be just  those trees, the herbs – thyme, rosemary, lavender and in the spring a scattering of annual flowers.

After this I just had time to pull out a few of the dead sunflowers, cut some more chard and head home. To be continued tomorrow, or whenever the weather lets me.

25. MARCH

The great weather continues and that gives me a chance to get on with all the tasks on the allotment. Today was the turn of my large net cage, the soil was all dug over, all it needed was to fluff it up with a hoe and clear the weeds. It is quite a sizeable area, quite a lot to do. I had plans for it – peas of any kind – so I have climbing peas, Carlin (heritage) peas, purple podded peas and ordinary Kelvedon wonder peas. There is a square of soil left and I’d like to put some tomato plants in. Some years ago I did that and the tomatoes did very well.

That was the end of my morning session there. When I got home I had a very nice surprise waiting for me – a large box saying live plants, open immediately. Of course I did and found two very healthy looking honeyberries. I have heard of them but never had one. A very welcome present from Mike. I put both pots in a bucket of water to soak them and read the instructions. I decided to plant them in the fruit cage, it only needed a little re-shuffle – taking out three small chilean guavas and planting them together with the one I already have and the space was ready.

The three small guavas fitted perfectly in the space where the larger one is, it had too many empty patches before.

It is no surprise that my fruit trees are starting to flower. The Chinese pear is way ahead as usual, I just hope we’ll have some fruit this year. Last two years I didn’t have any yet a few years ago we had a glut of pears. They are delicious so I’m hoping to have them again.

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