Turn your back for a minute and there are weeds everywhere – its amazing we’ve cleared one patch completely twice (from a starting point of no weeds in march) and its back to looking like a lawn AGAIN. I was down there today harvesting tomatoes, courgette flowers, chard, sorrell, beetroot, carrots, sweetcorn and marrows (of course). The courgette flowers topped a top lemon and courgette risotto (recipe from ‘Freshly picked’ by Jojo Tulloh, a woman with a great name and a handy book with recipes from some glutty veg)
Anyway, I realised I’ve not really done much in the way of describing our beloved allotment. Its fairly big (about 300m square) has a greenhouse and shed and is predominantly given over to oversized slightly raised beds. The soil is heavy clay on the site of an old sewage farm (try not to think too hard about that), so there’s a lot of improving to be done.
There’s still going to be a fair bit going when we wind the plot down for winter I think as we have a lot of chard, some perpetual spinach, parsnips and whole lotta brassicas. So I’m not quite sure when those beds will get the chance to get a heavy manure mulch, which is needed on an annual basis if we’re to have soil rather than brick making material. Anyway – some pics are above 🙂