two months ago when the plot was really soggy the ground is now bone dry. I’ve lost my weeding knife during the week and I’m wondering if it’s fallen down one of the numerous cracks. The forecast is for some heavy rain tomorrow which is much needed.
I’m now picking plenty of climbing French beans Cobra and runner beans St. George, but leaving the Borlotti beans for later. All the onions Sturon are up and at home drying prior to storing to use over the coming months. This is the biggest potato, a second early Kestrel, that I’ve dug up so far. The various tomatoes are starting to ripen but I’m picking blighted leaves off the plants.
A few cornflowers (centaurea cyanus) appeared this year although I didn’t sow any. They are lovely flowers and I’m planning on growing the dwarf variety Polka Dot en masse next year.
My plot neighbour Fran has grown this rather striking looking cosmos bipinnatus Pied Piper Red on her plot. I’ve asked her to save some seed so I can grow it next year.
As I mentioned on Sunday it was National Allotment Week last week butI saw surprisingly few mentions about it even on the various allotment forums. The Guardian did this good article, Growing together – an allotment picture essay, which is well worth looking at.
Happy gardening, and have a good weekend!