Good morning! Last week I promised an allotment-based Six on Saturday, and today I intend to deliver on that promise. My allotment is very, nay intensely, weedy. As a result, all of the photos are close-ups, or blurry background numbers. Or both.
My dear father has an allotment next to mine. He has recently retired, presumably with the sole purpose of having the time to make sure his allotment is better tended than mine. He kindly offered his own plot, specifically his strawberries, as camera fodder for today’s post. I refused and continued to try to find flattering angles of my own.
As usual, The Propagator will be the place to head to take in the sights and sounds of Six on Saturday posts from around the globe.
Here are the hops, twining their way heaven-ward. The wire at the top sits at about the 8 foot mark, with these only being dwarf hops, rather than the 20 foot commercial varieties. I’m pretty pleased with how they’re looking this year; they’ve had some compost spread over the roots earlier in the year which has certainly helped.
2. Phacelia tanacetifolia
Sel, over at The Nostalgic Gardener, featured her Phacelia a couple of weeks ago. It’s usually grown as a green manure, but both she and I have let it flower as it looks nice and the bees love it. I have a few self seeded poppies scattered around in there too. In fact I have self seeded poppies scattered about everywhere!
3. Papaver ‘Beauty of Livermere’
Talking of poppies, here’s some I planted. This was originally off the bargain bench at B&Q some years ago. After outgrowing it’s spot in the garden, I separated out the roots and spread it across the width of the allotment. The bees go mad for it and it looks pretty spectacular. It’s really just to distract prying eyes from all the weeds.
4. Broccoli ‘Marathon’
Aha, an actual vegetable! I took a few small heads of broccoli home with me. I find it best to cut a some early, as they mostly come at the same time, and 15 heads of broccoli is a little too much in one sitting. After you cut the heads, they send out side shoots well into the autumn.
There are some Broad Beans in there somewhere. Actually, they’re doing pretty well on the whole. A couple of altruistic plants seem to be taking the onslaught of the black fly assault. Brave individuals, sacrificing themselves for the common good.
Access to the allotment is along the side of a football field. There’s often a sizeable gang of Jackdaws loitering around when the fields aren’t in use, but they were keeping well out of the way of this Buzzard, who was enjoying soaking up some rays. I tried to get a little closer, but he was fairly wary and flew up onto one of the floodlights. Seeing as he wasn’t too impressed by my company, I thought I’d leave him to it.
That ends my Six on Saturday allotment update. Looking back over what I’ve written, there’s not actually that much produce featured. Rest assured, I’ve got plenty growing and on the whole growing very well. We won’t starve this year!