I'm loving the overgrown, lush look to the garden right now. It's probably not to everyones' taste - certainly not for the lovers of regimental bedding - but it's my kind of thing and requires so little effort. The perennials - rock roses, foxgloves, oriental poppies, peonies - come back year after year and the aquilegias and welsh poppies self-set in between.
I've been told several times that it's time I lifted the spinach because the ground needs to be dug for potatoes - well, I keep putting it off, again and again, and I managed to do it again this week. I have started to dig an old brassica row next to it, so its time is numbered... For now though, yet another large bag of it.....
......and on a second allotment trip later in the week...another bag this time with some red oak leaf lettuce
radishes - picking them small as I've set them too closely
rhubarb! Where would we be without it at this time of year? The last of the apples have turned to mush and summer's soft fruit is still at the flowering stage!
Rain and other things stopped me getting to the allotment this week. Hubby went to dig ground for potatoes but didn't bring any produce back! Fortunately I'm starting to have salad crops ready at home - some radishes which I'm pulling quite small for two reasons; I've sown the seed too closely, and I hoped they'd be grown and out before I wanted to plant peas in the same space but they aren't.
Lots of strange mustard salad leaves - nice and spicy to go with blander green lettuce. I've been picking lettuce as 'baby leaves' and had hoped to grow some on for larger plants - unfortunately the slugs took too much of a liking to them and everything I planted out was eaten!
Another busy week, digging,planting and picking at the allotment.
This time I forgot to take a bag to bring the veg home in, so managed with a bucket - and even included some aquilegias which were growing as 'weeds'.
At the bottom of the bucket - the over-wintering swedes.
Then a row of leeks I cleared out
Then some rhubarb
and a bag of spinach.
Earlier in the week, I lifted the last winter cabbage - and a tiny cauliflower