First runner bean flower of the year – hooray! And a band is playing in celebration… ( I think there is an event on the nearby common but a fanfare feels appropriate !)
Runner bean in red on the left / french bean in fetching pink and purple on the right.
( I didn’t want the french bean to feel left out…)
Watering watering still no rain. The curcubits seem to be loving it – I looked up ‘curcubits’ to make sure I was using the right word – the dictionary says ‘any plant of the mainly tropical Curcubitaceae family which includes squash. pumpkin, cucumber , gourd, melon….’ – they are growing like triffids, reaching out long searching tendrils in an almost threatening way –
and usefully shading the greenhouse from the hot sun…
Taters!These are very experimental.
I wasn’t going to grow any potatoes this year. Last year I threw away about half the crop – mostly Charlotte and Nicola – after Christmas. I didn’t use enough as I try not to eat many carbs plus they all got blight when they were growing and looked really sad.
Then I had a last minute panic and recognised that I couldn’t live through a winter without jacket potatoes. Or leek and potato soup. Or bangers and mash. So I ordered three bags of maincrop – of course there were too many. And of course I just bought the varieties I love (King Edward, Maris Piper….) which are probably not very blight resistant.
THEN I had nowhere left to put them. Plot 2 is absolutely full of volunteer / self set potatoes which I keep trying to dig up and get rid of. I have been told by other allotmenteers that the previous owner grew potatoes almost exclusively. So I want to leave them out of that ground for a couple of years.. meanwhile plot 1 was full of daffodils and tulips.
So I resorted to a hotch potch of solutions, planting some on top of my ‘full’ compost bins and using some old wooden boxes. I didn’t have any spare soil for these so I filled them up mostly with grass cuttings, then a few inches of compost, then my sad and oversprouted spuds ( I was hoping the grass might give added warmth to make up for how late they were planted!)
I have covered them and earthed them with ‘Strulch’, my new favourite thing. It is a mineralised straw mulch, it is light and easy to handle and it smells absolutely delicious. I want to eat it. I need to top it up a bit as I noticed today the edge of a small green potato poking through.
(Note, the Strulch is also very useful and pleasant in my composting toilet…)
So, back to the subject of watering ( I know, it is getting monotonous),
these notices appeared overnight on our water tanks –
In case my photography is too fuzzy, it says ‘Dipping tanks strictly to be used for watering of allotments only – please replace lids after use’
? The water fairies?
Most odd – because – well – what ELSE would anyone use them for?
Are the local townsfolk queuing up to bath their babies?
Has the site become the latest water park for the children? Or perhaps there is a secret cold water car washing business! (Bucket and sponge extra…)
I am intrigued. Answers on a postcard please…
Ah… that’s where I left my tea…