I am rather behind this year due to having a number of failed seedlings and life just generally taking over, however, we have been down at the allotment quite a lot over the past few days and it is starting to look back up to speed.
The onions are progressing well, although as usual the red onions don’t seem to be doing quite as well as the white onions, still better than previous years. My sweet corn seedlings failed dismally, so I must admit that I cheated and bought some excellent specimens from our local garden centre Golden Days. They are now planted out and seem to be doing well.
Peas and beans have also been planted. For my main crop of peas I am using a variety called “Telephone Peas” that I have bought from The Real Seed Catalogue. I have used them previous years and found them to be very successful, producing very tall stems of plentiful tasty pods. You do need to be careful when picking as the pods seem to swell before the peas are very large, so patience is the key when growing these. I would definitely recommend this variety.
Similarly I have planted a purple climbing bean called “Cosse Violette“, once again from The Real Seed Catalogue. I have also found these to be very prolific with an excellent taste. They are really simple to freeze as well so great for long term storage. You can also simply tell when they are cooked as they turn from purple to green when they are ready to eat!
We have also sited two compost bins at the end of two of our beds as our cold compost areas are getting full. Our home compost bin has been very successful producing wonderful rich compost for potting up plants. Generally I regularly water the compost bins and every so often add compost activator.
I am really pleased with our herb garden. We have lost a few plants over the winter, but those that have remained are thriving and I have been left with a small space to plant a couple more herbs. At the moment I am considering Feverfew and Sweet Basil.
Carpeting the paths has been really useful this year as we have had limited time at the allotment. It has really helped to suppress the weeds in these areas which has meant our time at the allotment has been spent completing the priority tasks of weeding and planting beds.