The harvests are starting to come in thick and fast now and the top of the crops just so happen to be the broad beans. Having been away in Wales for 5 days I decided to pop up the allotment the day after I got back to have a look around and to see if the slugs had eaten anything (they hadn’t thankfully!) The aim was to pick a few broad beans for roast dinner later that day but I couldn’t stop at a handful… there were so many pods bulging with beans that I ended up picking at least 50 or so!
The broad bean plants have done brilliantly this year with loads more little beans growing happily away. I pinched out all the tops when I noticed some black fly appearing on one the other week and so far I haven’t seen anymore which is great! Last year my broad beans were so badly infected by the black fly that I hardly harvested any beans from them at all. Looks like I’ll be freezing this lot so we can eat them throughout the Winter too…
Whilst I was there I also harvested some rhubarb from my Dad’s plot, some sprigs of chamomile and a few of the first sweet peas from plot 15C. Its feels so good to be finally harvesting more than one thing from the allotments and soon the potatoes will be ready… I can’t wait!
It also felt good to spend an hour or so up the allotment surrounded by nature and harvesting homegrown goodies. I always struggle when I come back from Wales, I guess you get used to seeing your favourite person every day and it really hits home when they suddenly aren’t there. It’s kind of like I’m living two separate lives right now and it takes a while to get into the swing of things back in Hampshire. You can always rely on the allotment to put a smile back on your face for a while though.