Season End

By | October 12, 2021

Have to say it’s a bit solitary up at the allotments at this time of year. Still, over a couple of weeks I have managed to dig, weed, rake, and cover the beds ready for next year. Whatever that brings. Hopefully not more weeds. Still have my Leeks to harvest, but that’s all that remains and they will be picked soon, if only they fill out a bit more.

Main Crop

By | September 11, 2021

According to the bag, harvest time for Maris Piper is Sept/Oct but I admit that I was getting worried. Looked more like a weed patch than a potato bed. My fault, as I have not spent as much time on the plot recently, than I would have liked. Not too disappointed though. Would they have been bigger if I had left them in for another month?

Last night’s rain helped soften the ground to make the job easier. Now all I have to do is to prepare the patch for next year. A job for next week maybe?

Tomato blight

By | August 18, 2021

Tomato blight has hit our allotments.  It is a disease caused by a fungus-like organism that spreads rapidly in the foliage and tubers or fruit of potatoes and tomatoes in wet weather, causing collapse and decay. 

It is a serious disease for potatoes and outdoor tomatoes.  It is recognisable by the brown fruit and withering leaves, which spread by wind and water-splash.

The effective plant, probably the entire crop, must be removed – tubulars and all, and dispose of in your brown bin waste.  DO NOT compost!  Dig over the area, and plant tomatoes (and probably potatoes) in a different spot next year, and avoid planting in that area for up to 4 years.  There is no prevention for tomato blight. 

Caught my eye

By | August 11, 2021

Plenty of produce on our allotments today. Marrows a-plenty, Pumpkins bigger than beach balls and colourful, elegant Gladioli