Monday, 13 September 2010

Allotment Diary - Me 72hrs. He 71hrs.

Well, it has been quite a time since I have posted - thank you for all your requests for an update.

I haven't been able to spend much time up my allotment this year - the absolute bare minimum to maintain it - but I have been growing veggies at home - where it has been easier for me to garden late evenings when the sun has gone down and it has been cooler

Just as well really as the heat and drought over the summer, has played havoc with the crops on the plots - especially the beans, broadbeans, sweetcorn, and root veggies.

Here is a quick up date with some photos taken during the visits that I did make. 
These photos were taken at the end of July

The main crop of potatoes were almost in full leaf

All the potatoes were looking really  well at this point, but my neighbour had blight

I popped in a couple of late pumpkins as we were forecast rain in  August

July was also the month of high egg yield - and playing the 'hunt the egg' game with the bantams to see who could outwit us the most.
Giant muffins were made and frozen by the dozens

These are chunky chocolate - but there were so many varieties.....Date and walnut, black cherries, to name a few.

Then along came August

The pumpkins grew and grew
And burst out of the compost bins
The main crop potatoes flowered
And I started digging up the rows of early potatoes
And each time I dug up a row, they were bigger and bigger and bigger.
These are the smaller ones.
The grass was short and looked lush, and the dark clouds gathered
The lovely farmer next door decided it was time to retire
The fields have been sold off to local farms, and barns are being demolished to make way for some new houses
And I fell in love with some babies
Meanwhile my little treasures were still playing hide and seek with the eggs
And I kept finding them - albeit 16 at a time covered in mud, but they passed the float test, and the taste test, and I have lots of lovely slices of cake in the freezer for cold winter nights.

And here we are in September - more of that later in the week!

And ecky thunk - I posted this on the wrong blog - but I can't be bothered to type it all up again on my Allotment Lady blog

So - if you want to read any back posts of my allotment life you can see them here


themessycraftroom said...

Wow Lottie you both have been busy. Those muffins look great. Can I invite myself to tea? Thanks for the e mail. Hugs ChrisB

Poppy's Place said...

Hi Lottie, Lovely to see you back I have really missed the tales from your allotment and the bantams. Jane xx

Lorraine said...

wow you have been busy such lovely veg on your the pics of hens too and look at those soon as I make cakes they all get ate so never freeze them!

maggi said...

Thank you so much for the update. What a lovely post.

Cath Wilson said...

He, he, Lottie - we all make mistakes like that. Lovely to hear from you after such a long while - or it seems that way, lol. No wonder you've been quiet - you've been SO busy! Great results for all your hard work.

Createology said...

Miss Lottie you have been busy! Looks like you have really stocked the freezer with some yummy home made treats to eat. Your garden is wonderful. So glad to hear from you and all is well. Happy eating...

LazyKay said...

Oh, that baking looks really delicious! I'd not thought of freezing muffins but assume they survive well or you wouldn't be doing it - what a good idea.

Your garden and new babies look good too.