Unfortunately even as the thunder continued in the background, the rain only lasted a couple of minutes, and then we were all back to it – watering, weeding and of course, harvesting.
|Rain at last! But not for long...|
The Plotters have sown some more carrots after our first crop is on its way to the dinner table. The variety we have used is called “Rainbow”. It’s an unusual looking pale yellow colour, but tastes very sweet.
|Vic, a marrow, and Mr & Mrs Gupta|
Mr and Mrs Gupta have sown more spring onions amongst their crops, and harvested their marrows (which were courgettes only a couple of days ago!). The Guptas were so pleased with their harvest and overwhelmed with the amount of produce they have grown, they embraced the very nature of allotment holding and shared out their vegetables with everyone else. I can tell you, their yellow marrow was delicious roasted with garlic and black pepper...
Mr and Mrs Nash took away a packed bag stuffed with potatoes, lettuce and onions to share with their visiting family. Diana also had a dig about to see how her potatoes are doing. She dug up one plant and decided to have potatoes for tea, sharing the surplus with her neighbour.
|Mr and Mrs Nash with the harvest|
Christine took home some lettuce and some more spinach, having sown some more carrots and oriental greens, such as mizuna and broccoli raab, for late summer and autumn harvesting.
Janat dibbed in some of Simons left over leek plantlets, while Simon tended the compost bin, mixing up and watering the dry material to help it break down more readily.
|Simon and the compost bin|
There are still a couple of beds available on our plot, and would be easily filled right now with oriental salads and greens for autumn and winter harvesting like Christine has done. Alternatively, they can be prepared to give a good start to some autumn sowings of garlic, Broad beans, onions and perpetual spinach for next spring.
Allison Wragg is the Community Food Gardener for the SEEDS Trust (funded through SHAPE by The Big Lottery Fund).