Plough Field Allotments.
the start of the season, in my haste to plant my climbing beans and
erect the supports, I had simply joined some short canes together,
instead of going out and buying canes of a suitable length.
The strong winds we had the other week blew them down and made
such a tangled mess that I decided to remove the beans altogether,
although it was really too early. However, I was impressed with the way
that they had grown after such an appallingly dry spring when they were
planted. The packet had claimed that the yellow bean variety,
“Goldfield,” was drought tolerant and I will certainly give them
another try next year. With that in mind I have dug out a trench and
refilled it with a mixture of soil and half a dozen bags of well rotted
compost brought from home to help the beans along a bit. Next time the
supporting canes will be 6 foot and will be securely anchored to give
them proper support that won’t blow down!
30 straggly Tomato plants went in quite late when I first had the
allotment, but they have also started to crop surprisingly well. The red
variety “Gardeners Delight,” has been well proven for growing
outside for decades, but the yellow variety, “Golden Sunrise,” has
also proved itself by producing some reasonable sized ripe tomatoes with
many more to come. In fact they started to ripen before the red. Perhaps
more to the point the tomatoes have proved to be rabbit proof and so
more will be planted again next year!
just made the last picking from the Rhubarb plants before the winter,
they will now be rested before being divided and replanted later, on
after the first frosts have got at them. The stalks are getting a bit
tough, but are fine if they are frozen, to be used later on in the
winter, in cooking, to make crumbles and pies.
success story was the “Pink Fir Apple” potatoes that also cropped
very well from just one small row. However, several people that tried
them thought that they didn’t really taste any different and were they
were more expensive than ordinary potatoes. Their extremely knobbly
shapes always cause much interest though, and many questions, including
the obvious one, “How do you peel them?” The answer seems to be to
simply scrub the very knobbly ones well and peel the more ordinary ones.
red raspberries have been a disappointment with no real quantity of
fruit, but that was to be expected as they went in so late. However,
most of them have established themselves, with only a few losses, and
they have made good canes for next year. Both types, the yellow and the
red, are “Lates,” so I have planted 3 “Tayberry” canes that are
a little different as they are a cross bred type between a Raspberry and
Blackberry and also fruit earlier in the season.
the Onions and Garlic bulbs that were dug up first, did well, and proved
to be rabbit proof, so I have split a couple of Garlic bulbs, saved from
this season, into cloves and planted about 30 or so, in pots to start
them off for next. When the “Late” potatoes are dug up, (Before
Xmas) the Garlic will be planted out, and in the new-year they will be
inter-spaced with onions, in the same patch. I am going to try onions
from seed next season which means sowing the seed around Christmas time
so they can be transplanted outside in the Spring.