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The Summer Allotments (Plot 12A)


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The Summer Allotments (Plot 12A) June/July/August 2012

Overview of plot, beginning of July:

Lettuces during June:

Little Gem

Beginning of June:

End of June:


Paris Island Cos

Beginning of June:

This is from the other extreme of the bed:

Beetroot ‘Bolthardy’:

Beginning of June:

End of June:

Beginning of July:

Just harvested & then composted!

Carrots Early Nantes 2:

Beginning of June:

End of June:

Middle of July:

Pinto beans at far end of plot

Near end of June:

End of June:

Beginning of August:

Onion ‘Alisa Craig’

I sowed some seeds of Onion ‘Alisa Craig’ in the greenhouse on the allotment on Christmas Eve 2011. They had germinated fine & were growing just fine but when I was able to go down for a few days in January a mouse entered the GH & dug up the seedlings! When I arrived they were scattered across the tray of compost & most had dried up.

Fortunately I had kept some seeds back for a later sowing so I sowed these. These germinated well & I planted them out on my own allotment, Plot 12A.

Beginning of June:

Beginning of July:

These photos show the harvest in late August!

Before harvesting:

After harvesting:

Nearly 4kg/9lb of Onions!:

Potatoes ‘Rocket’:

Beginning of June:

Middle of June:

A few spuds weighed at home:

Runner beans ‘Cherokee’

Beginning of June:

End of June:

End of July:


Strawberries beginning to ripen:

Strawberries ready for picking:

Strawberries harvested:

I could go on adding more pictures but I think there are more than enough here already! So I’m going to end this blog with some flowers – after all the veg that will be a nice change!

China Pinks:

Cosmos Seashells Mixed:

Verbena bonariensis:

In spite of its length I hope you have enjoyed this look over the summer months of my plot.

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fantastic & inspirational blog B. Here in the Fens the potato crops have suffered but mine have done well due to growing in raised beds.

18 Sep, 2012


You put a lot of work into your alotment. It seems you've been rewarded with a bumper crop :o)

18 Sep, 2012


Thanks everyone for your comments. :-))

BB: I composted the lot!!! None were of any use. The whole bed of beetroot bolted despite my efforts to keep them well watered. As I discovered a couple of months earlier for myself, beetroot once bolted tastes of absolutely nothing when cooked or it tastes of earth! The flowering stem also goes a long way into the root & is very hard - you practically need a saw to cut it!

Thanks for your high praise, Bampy, but I don't think I deserve it. Glad your spuds did well though.

Thanks, Hywel, I did indeed put a lot of work into it!

19 Sep, 2012


Hi Balcony ..
Those photos of your allotments are impressive !
I can see what a lot of planning, effort, and energy goes into the plot. Well done :o)))

30 Sep, 2012


Thank you very much, TT. :-)) It does take a lot of energy but not much planning really goes in to it.

1 Oct, 2012


Looks nicely planned and organised to me ! :o)))

1 Oct, 2012


But then this is only my first year on this plot! I've not got much idea of what to do next year as there may be changes afoot that could effect any plans I may make for next year. It may seem a little mysterious but I can't say any more at present because I don't know what these changes may be. If they materialize I'll be able to comment further.

2 Oct, 2012

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