Digging for Victory – update

Well, its been a while – here in rainy England I’ve almost forgotten what the sun looks like. However it now looks like Summer might be on its way………so lets do an update.

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Here is how the allotment field looks. By rights we should be feasting off what is coming off here now – but the Broad beans are just flowering, the spuds have been eaten by slugs and the peas have just given up…..onions doing well though!!!

We have actually had some spuds – and hope to eat some more tonight – but its a bit annoying having to cut the slug holes out

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Peas dying/being eaten – this is the 4th sowing now.

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Dwarf Beans just starting to flower –  a month late, the beetroot are about the size of a golf ball though!!

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The Sweetcorn is getting on with it, doubled in one week – and the Purple Sprouting under the net is starting to expand. Behind the Runner Beans have hardly climbed – again well behind, even the French Beans are catching them up.

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Outside the Horseradish has gone to seed, and the mint is being surprisingly slow to spread.

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The small pond is covered in various wildish flowers, and provides a really good camouflaged Heffalump trap!!

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In the poly the temperature is really rising – and misting up the camera!!. Tomatoes are still growing but still green, salad leaves bolting quicker then we can eat them – and carrots starting to bear fruit!!

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At the other end of the Poly the Grape has had a growth spurt and doubled in size in the last week – it needs pruning to ensure some decent fruit

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Outside the Alpacas are getting used to being all together in the middle 4 fields – they took some time to work out where all the gates were, and still like being all over the place!!

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Glad uses the water trough to cool herself down, splashing the water over herself by dipping her foot in

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It was dry enough to top the fields a few days ago – without worrying the cut grass would get wet and turn into a horrible rotting mess that kills the grass underneath. As you can see it’s effectively become hay, which will be eaten by the Alpacas.

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Likewise there is now a long enough dry spell coming that I was able to top the bottom field – taking 6 hours as it was fairly long – it was left because we understood sheep were coming in – but they havent turned up so it needed to be topped to stop it getting out of control. It’s a shame this is effectively wasted food – in the shape of good hay. Next year we will be better organised and not work on a promise that does not happen!!

 

 

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