Well here we are, full circle. My first post with ideas for allotment jobs was posted 12 months ago . . . August 2020. As nothing much changes in the allotment year, rather that re-post, I have created a page accessible from the main menu (Allotmenteers > Monthly Jobs) that has an introduction to all monthly top job posts so you can click-through to whatever takes your fancy. You can find it here
Three stalks of Rhubarb were given to me today as a gift (honestly) from plot3 after I commented on the plants that looked more like Gunnera or something off Jurasic Park. I had to bungy tie them to my basket. Could have done with a warning triangle tied to the back too. Lovely.
John Lennon once said that “Life is what happens to you while you are busy making plans”. Well, that certainly resonates with me. I have been laid low for the last few weeks where even if I could have got to the plot, I couldn’t have done anything. Many thanks go to a good friend (plot 25a) who has been making sure nothing died while I have been recovering, and now starts the hard work of “finding” my plot. Little by little. Steady as she goes . . . .
Midsummer. Generally regarded as the warmest month of the year. Produce will be readily available now with early potatoes, garlic, onions, carrots, turnips and a host of salad including radishes and outdoor tomatoes.
Bolting is our worst enemy. This is where plant energy is diverted into flower heads before the produce has had chance to grow, and all the plant’s energy goes into generating flowers and seeds. This has a variety of causes including lack of moisture, so remember to water well (and often).
- Keep on top of weeds with regular hoeing.
- Water to prevent bolting. Mulching will help.
- Peas and brassicas should be netted to prevent bird damage.
- Tops of climbing beans should be “pinched out”.
- Feed tomatoes.
The forecast is that summer weather looks likely to elude us for a while. The first week of June will start warm and sunny but there will be a growing chance of scattered afternoon showers. After this, it looks like it will be staying cool with a changeable weather pattern.
All the books say (that’s my get-out clause) that there is very little likelihood of a frost now, so any tender indoor seedlings can be moved outside. Seeds can also be planted directly into the warmer soil.
Broad beans should be ready to harvest and, from the end of the month, early potatoes – can’t wait.
Keep on top of those pesky weeds by regular hoeing. This also helps to loosen the soil to allow water to seep deeper down to the roots. Talking of which, lots of watering (depending upon the weather) and the occasional feed to keep in good health.
Net peas, cabbages and fruit bushes to deter hungry birds, and keep a watch out for aphids, particularly on broad beans (always seem to get mine).
For further detail, why not take a look at the National Allotment Society website.