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A-maizing Allotment

when you neglect your allotment it’s quite simple. Weeds grow. They grow everywhere. They grow numerous. They grow fast. 

They mask everything and choke it out. 

We have one called quick weed. It is. 

So it’s been a month since my last allotment visit. Don’t judge me. Other stuff gets in the way. It just does. Then you plan a visit and the weather lets you down. 

It can’t be helped. 

It’s a good lesson in accepting things. 

I accept that the two plums on the one plum tree are gone. It’s hard to know where. 

I accept that the onions are heavily disguised but they are there…. Somewhere. 

I accept that there will be surprises. 

  
Good ones like this Passion flower. And bad ones.   

The most beautiful looking corn ever grown by us. Shame we should’ve eaten if about two weeks ago. But hey the chickens are enjoying it now. 

We’ve harvested choke berries, blueberries, raspberries, courgettes (at last) pumpkins (a legion), beans (a handful). There are also several of these. 

  
They might be cucumber melons. (They might not) I’ll have to check. Don’t be fooled mind. They are neither the size of cucumbers or melons. But they are the size  

 Of part of my finger. They taste like a teeny weeny cucumber. 

(They are Mexican baby gherkins!)

We have yellow tomatoes too. They are miniature too. 

The summer was dry and wet and hard. It was a survival of the fittest (and the pumpkin’s) situation. 

  
Thing is, we always get something. There should also be parsnips, apples, beetroot, tomatoes and potatoes. 

We’ve had a lot of rhubarb, broad beans and other things. So it’s pretty good. 

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16 comments on “A-maizing Allotment

  1. Mike Evans
    September 6, 2015

    It’s been the weirdest year hasn’t it? Funnily enough I got the the allotment for the first time in weeks today, other than fleeting visits to grab a few beans or raspberries. The weeds were crazy and I spent a good 40 mins picking catapillars off the sprouting broccolli – a small hole gap in the net was my downfall. My sweetcorn is still not ready, the cobs are formed but the kernels are still white, but courgettes have been regular as clockwork all season.

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    • lizard100
      September 6, 2015

      We didn’t get any cabbage family in. So no sprouting brocolli for me!

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  2. beeseeker
    September 7, 2015

    Amen to that; good work with the cucumelons: only one of ours germinated, then crashed!
    Painting the Forth Rail Bridge begins again every day.
    Great photos and commentary _ I have shirked my allotment blog – distracted by doing rather than writing so you put me to shame here … I still have weeds to clear!

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  3. Kim in Fiji
    September 7, 2015

    Those fake-out watermelons were adorable. Thanks for the pair of great photos.

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  4. lindas garden and wildlife
    September 7, 2015

    Awesome update Liz lovely to see your lovely harvest I have only green chillies at present apples not ready vid uploading now on new sowings

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  5. suchled
    September 7, 2015

    My vegetable patch is all overgrown except for the kale which is still going stong. It is just come Spring so I need to get into it.

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  6. Allotmental
    September 7, 2015

    Great update, looks like Uchiki Kuri pumpkins there? I will grow some next year!

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  7. Helen
    September 7, 2015

    Every year is different. That’s my experience, anyway.

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  8. Equality 333
    September 15, 2015

    Great work I am still waiting for an allotment, long waiting lists over here. My yard growing is doing well considering the lack of sun. Allotment on the way Iā€™m sure, the universe will do my proud šŸ™‚

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