Allotment July 2008

Four months on, and it’s all looking wonderful. Nikolai built me a shed, which you can see on the left of this photo:
Leafy greens (spinach, lettuce) in the foreground, potatoes behind them:
The corn is nearly as tall as me now, and it has tassels where the corn is forming:

We’ve been harvesting potatoes and onions. This was the very first potato plant we dug up, an early variety called Robinta. You plant one potato, you get 14 out!! Next year, I’m going to try Maris Piper and Pentland Javelin potatoes. The Robintas are the earlies – we still have lots of Desiree and Homeguard varieties waiting to be dug up later this month.
Onions looking healthy:
You pick them when the leaves are all yellow and fallen over, which is about now. Next year I’m planting hundreds of onions!!

These are the runner beans and purple climbing french beans (foreground):

I built this stick support for some borlotti beans. A bit of an experiment, as I planted them quite late in the season. On the right hand side are two crown pumpkin plants. The idea is that they’ll creep along the ground and suppress the weeds around the beans. Let’s see…

And there are tomatoes:


About Lisa

I live in South Africa with my husband and two small children, doing things, thinking about things and sometimes writing about them.
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