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A lot of excitement at the plot! Autumn planting!

In August an allotment is in a phase which is all about harvest. There’s likely lots of stuff growing, fruiting and flowering.

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But I’m excited about this. It’s the stem of a member of the cabbage family. Where the leaves connect to the stem there are tiny buds. These are Brussels sprouts and more to the point they aw purple. What a beautiful thing.

I’m also excited about this:

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It’s fuzzy but it’s the hairy pods of the soya beans. I’m really hoping there’s still enough sun for these plants to produce beans we can eat. It’s our first year of success with them but the weather isn’t being very kind. I may need to cloche them to keep them warm enough.

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Now this other hairy fella might be a bad guy but what a photo! The neighbouring plot has some lovely dahlias. And there he was! I think it’s the caterpillar of a yellow tailed moth.

We’ve also made the bold decision to do some additional planting. Which thankfully happened before this weeks nasty rains came.

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The photo went green from a setting I hadn’t realised was on! However this is the start of something good. These little seedlings are a range of crops.

We’ve planted pak choi, rocket, peas, beetroot, carrots, French beans and spring onions.

It’s a long shot but the ground was clear and we’ve never done this before.

If we are lucky these crops will produce edible shoots at the very least. I think they call them micro greens.

In theory pak choi prefers cooler weather as it tends to bolt or run to seed in summer. Fingers crossed!

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27 comments on “A lot of excitement at the plot! Autumn planting!

  1. lindaswildlifegarden
    August 25, 2014

    Reblogged this on Linda's wildlife garden and commented:
    AWESOME UPDATE THANK YOU FOR SHARING Liz have a blessed day

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  2. Globalresidence
    August 25, 2014

    Adore the selection of greens planting! πŸ™‚ & yes the caterpillar is certainly beautiful! πŸ™‚

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  3. Grower
    August 25, 2014

    Looks like you’ve got a lot of stuff coming on. It’s an exciting time of year!

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    • lizard100
      August 25, 2014

      Yep. Trying to see what will do well. Tons of yellow tomatoes and pears at the minute!

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  4. Jem
    August 25, 2014

    Those brussel sprouts are gorgeous!!

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  5. ladyofthecakes
    August 25, 2014

    A green setting…. must have been the ‘allotment’ setting, which my cheapy camera doesn’t feature 😦

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    • lizard100
      August 25, 2014

      No it was one of those filters on a phone. More accident than design.

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  6. Expat Eye
    August 25, 2014

    As Gordon Gekko said “Green is good” πŸ™‚

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  7. silverbells2012
    August 25, 2014

    Only grown pak choi once but sowed it too late. Good luck with your sowings. True it isn’t easy to get space at the right time!

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    • lizard100
      August 25, 2014

      I’ve usually grown mine too early and it bolted. So this way I reckon it will be cooler but the rain we’re having just now is making it look like a padi field

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      • silverbells2012
        August 25, 2014

        Oh dear! Hopefully you will have clear skies tomorrow.

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      • lizard100
        August 25, 2014

        It’s been doing a lot of raining here almost every day or night.

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      • silverbells2012
        August 25, 2014

        Same here. Some bright spells and it should be dry by early evening. I do hope so as I’m getting edgy about my tomatoes…

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      • lizard100
        August 25, 2014

        We’ve lost a fair few since the rain kicked it. Oh and hail stones last Tuesday.

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      • silverbells2012
        August 26, 2014

        Well, they definitely won’t have like the hail!!

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      • lizard100
        August 26, 2014

        Still raining now.

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      • silverbells2012
        August 26, 2014

        Not sure if it is here or not but it is so irritating!!

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      • silverbells2012
        August 26, 2014

        The net cloche I have would definitely have come in handy there.

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      • lizard100
        August 26, 2014

        Yep.

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  8. litadoolan
    August 26, 2014

    Stunning photos! So glad the planting got done before the rain. It’s been a bit wet here in South London too. Hey, I’ve landed a new project which is a whole heap of work. Can we put our exciting blog swap on hold? I don’t think I will get to write it for a while ;-( such an inspiring idea!!! You rock!

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    • lizard100
      August 26, 2014

      Sounds very exciting! Of course we can. But I do hope you get around do doing the dying at some point : )

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  9. Rambling Woods
    August 27, 2014

    Fingers crossed for you

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  10. Kim in Fiji
    September 1, 2014

    Love your hairy caterpillar – found his red-spotted cousin in our orchid house a few weeks ago.

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    • lizard100
      September 1, 2014

      I’ve now got a macro lens for my iPhone so I’m looking forward to taking more bug shots.

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