Saturday, 20 June 2015

Our home allotment

After a bit of a slow start, and a few losses of young plants due to late frosts, all our fruit and veg is growing very well.  OH grew some early potatoes in bags in the polytunnel, we've just finished eating those.  We're now harvesting beautiful young carrots, rhubarb which seems neverending, the strawberries are coming thick and fast on a daily basis.  The first blackcurrants will be ready in a couple of days, as will courgettes.  Purple sprouting broccoli is almost ready.....which is a bit late actually, but the first seeds we sowed didn't germinate at all and subsequent ones were slow to get going.

Here's the right hand side of the garden:-


Starting from the back, we have carrots in a square raised boxed bed at the front of that bed, with 2 rows of 2nd early spuds and the rest maincrop along the bed.  Climbing peas up the canes beside the bed.  In the next bed there are shallots, red and brown onions, with leeks to be transplanted into the small space at the beginning of the bed.  Then it's Brussels sprouts, caulis and purple sprouting broccoli in the next one, with radishes at the beginning.  The next one has leeks in the polystyrene box on the table, waiting to be planted out, and 2 growbags waiting for cut & come again salad leaves to be transplanted into there.  The bed has courgettes and butternut squashes, then yellow French beans.  There are strawberries in the purpose-built bed OH made and attached to the fence.  Out of sight in the right hand edge of the pic is a Victoria plum tree....as it's a young tree, we don't expect any fruit from it this year.  It did have a few tiny fruits but they've since dropped off.

The left hand side:-


The fruit bed.  This end nearest the watering can has a dessert apple (Fiesta, lots of fruits on it), with a mature blackcurrant wrapped in fleece and netting to stop the birds from scoffing the lot.  There's also a young blackcurrant beside the fence, which isn't doing anything much right now.  Oh, and another young blackcurrant at the far end, which is doing a lot better.  All the bushes in the middle are autumn fruiting raspberries, and another long handmade planter of strawberries on the fence.

The 2 polytunnels have peppers and cucumbers in one, 3 varieties of tomatoes in the other.

The whole garden:-



As I've mentioned before, next year OH is starting to cut down his working days, leading up to stopping for good in about 3 years, we therefore want to grow a lot more produce, to be as self sufficient as possible.  To this end we will be digging up the middle part of the lawn and creating another couple of raised beds.  Dawn from Doing it for ourselves in Wales mentioned the other day about getting an Azada or digging hoe, and how much easier it made digging.....OH was very interested so we ordered one, it arrived this morning.  Thanks Dawn!

15 comments:

  1. I hope he gets on as well with it as I do, there are a few you tube videos showing how to use it.
    Your garden looks very lush and productive :-)

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    1. Thank you Dawn, I'll let you know.

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  2. The garden looks lush, I will be digging more lawn up in the autumn ready for more veg next year. It is so much better to pop down the garden than drive to the shops.

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    1. Oh definitely Pam.....the shops are a long way from us....

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  3. That is the neatest garden I have ever seen, so very tidy, I love this early summer, every thing is doing so well.

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    1. Thanks Marlene....husband is a bit of a perfectionist!

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  4. Wow! Your garden looks fantastic and very productive too! Well done you :)

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    1. Thank you very much....it's mostly husband's work.

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  5. You make me dream of having such a fine garden!










    ALOHA
    ComfortSpiral
    =^..^=

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  6. Thank you for you comment today..it helped

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  7. It looks so different from when I was there, the polytunnel went the other way, didn't it? There is a lot of produce there, Sue.

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    1. Yes Toni, how clever of you to remember, the first polytunnel (there are 2 side by side now, not very obvious from the photo) did indeed go the other way. I can't remember now why husband decided to have it the other way round....

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  8. Your garden looks great, so much neater than mine!
    Fiesta has to be one of the best eating apples and they're pretty reliable.

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