I’m back after spending the most amazing 3 weeks of my life in Wales! Longer then expected but I just couldn’t help it, great company, great location and fun times were had. So fun in fact that I didn’t want to come home! I’ll write a blog post all about my holiday soon but for now I just wanted to share with you all my very weedy and neglected plot, and how Summer has passed in a blink of an eye.
After arriving home late Friday evening (we left at 9.30am and didn’t get home until 7pm!) it wasn’t until Saturday that I was able to pop down to the allotment to see the aftermath of being away for 3 weeks. I’ll admit that the weeds aren’t that bad, theres a lot of bind weed climbing the strawberry cages and theres plenty of weeds dotted around but they shouldn’t be too hard to handle. What dissapointed me the most was the lack of growth…
I have been a really awful plot holder this year, there’s been so much going on in my life that the poor allotment has been neglected more so than last year. Therefore the crops haven’t been attended too, the flowers haven’t been dead headed and I’m feeling slightly disheartened to say the least. The climbing French beans for instant have only grown to around 4 foot in height when last year they were well over 8 foot. The pumpkins are also slow this year and the poor gherkin in the trough is struggling too. The growth on the archway is the most dissapointing, where the sweet peas did so well this year the borlotti beans and munchkin pumpkins are a sad affair. I need a good day to rip up the sweet pea plants and to finally get round to tying up the beans and pumpkins, praying that theres still time for them to grow some more.
The flowers are another matter, I just haven’t had the time or been here to pick them this year and I’ve missed having vases full of homegrown blooms around the house. This also means that the plants haven’t had the chance to fully grow as I haven’t been dead heading them to allow new growth, and I hate to say this but I’ve missed a few beautiful blooms whilst I’ve been away. The pond area is looking very wild, neglected and if I’m truthful here… a complete mess! I desperately need to clean the pond out too.
I’ve literally just read this blog post back and seen how sad it is! It’s not all doom and gloom though, there’s plenty of crops doing well like the potatoes, the sweetcorn and the swiss chard. The brassica bed is by far the best one this year, the red cabbages and kale look great and the turnips and kohl rabi that I sowed before my holiday have germinated well. The verbena has put on another great show and still wins the medal for the best flower, and I’m pleased to say that the apple tree looks healthy. The fruit cage has also been perfectly fine without me here and I’m looking forward to eating some more fresh raspberries soon.
Now all I need to do is find some time, put those dungarees on, grab a trowel and a bucket and get weeding!