26 June 2012

Late June veg leaves and flowers

parsnips

black kale





beetroot






spearmint

summer savoury








foxglove in hedgerow

view over the site

16 June 2012

Then and now

This afternoon ,in a bright spell between heavy showers, I took some photos of my completely planted up plot and also some more pics and panoramas of the site in general which show quite a contrast from the November beginnings.

top half of plot well established
planting and sowing of bottom half now complete
 
mixed lettuce is doing well
bare patches in chard bed now resown
a bit of the Mezcla leaf glut
later sowing of broad beans and lettuce coming on
dwarf beans have germinated in 6 days
soil warm to the touch when thinning and transplanting parsnips





Views from along the bottom of the plots show a lot of greenery instead of bare soil.
 
 
 

Links to panoramas taken from three corners

Panorama east
Panorama south
Panorama north 
it looked like this in November 2011

La Palma photos

Here's the Photo album from my La Palma trip in May, including food,flowers and veg plots as well as scenery.La Palma is the most north westerly of the Canary Islands and has a central spine of mountains running north to south.


1 June 2012

New fence and more beds planted

The new fence has been put up while I've been away on La Palma ,one of the Canary Islands.When I got back the allotments weren't quite as arid as the island but some rain was needed and we had a good downpour on Thursday.

Notice the new wheelbarrow in racing green

I've started setting out and planting the lower half of the plot.Working on the very clayey section at the moment.It's fairly heavy going and still wet under the surface despite the weather we've been having.

Curly kale,summer calebrese and PSB transplanted from my garden bed



After transplanting the brassicas this afternoon I went back over to net them this evening after seeing Monty Don do this on Gardeners World.
No need to trample all over my soil to firm it down though .I'm sure that even Andy Murray wouldn't complain about this clay surface.

Most crops in the top half of the plot are growing away nicely,although the onion seeds are a no show and the beetroot is a bit patchy.

First bed of potatoes spaced very close together

Garlic is looking healthier after a good soaking
Masterpiece broad beans from New Zealand
Salad leaves after thinning out.Plus black kale to be transplanted
Part of second phase of broad beans.Bunyards Exhibition? One of the four different varieties that I'm growing this year.

My home garden seems advanced compared to some years and I should have a good supply of salad this summer.

The raised beds have grown away even more since these last two photos were taken but still a bit of room for some of the black kale ,more lettuce and some dwarf beans.