What happens when you don’t visit your plot for three weeks
I’ve been bad.
Since my last post about the allotment, which was three weeks ago, I have not been up there, which is a bad time of year not to go to your allotment, as I may not have (successfully) grown that much, I still had some stuff needing harvesting, but ugh, just been so busy.
Anyway, this was what happened to the courgettes.
Notice the two giants? I removed them (although I won’t be eating them) to try and encourage the plants to produce a few more last gasp courgettes, as there are a few flowers left, even though the leaves are starting to die off.
And this is how Apple Tree Senior is doing.
As you can see something has been enjoying my apples before me (anyone know what precisely has been causing those holes?). The tree itself looks awful, pretty much like how it looked when I inherited the plot this time last year (minus the apples, which must have been harvested early). There are still some harvestable apples (although they’re covered in baby snails and snail poo), although when I harvest them, most don’t come off at the stalk, instead you pull an apple off and a bit of branch comes with it to (that doesn’t sound normal). I harvested a few, not wanting to take all of them as I have no idea how long this variety (as I don’t know what the variety actual is) keeps for, I still don’t know even if these are cooking or eating apples, so if anyone recognises them from the photos . . .
A big part of me is now hoping Apple Tree Junior does a little bit more than just stand there clinging onto life, as I am not happy with Apple Tree Senior, it just doesn’t seem right for the tree to be bent double like that and look in such bad condition by the time it comes to harvest. I am guessing (as I don’t know what sort of apple tree it is) that it’s some sort of tree that has been spliced onto dwarf root stock, but I don’t think a tree that size can obviously handle that heavier a crop. So if Apple Tree Junior manages to grow into a productive tree, I have a feeling I know what will happen to Apple Tree Senior.
As for everything else, well not even the birds wanted to eat my limited supply of raspberries, so I have a few rotting raspberries on my bushes at the moment. My aubergines and squashes are definitely not going to produce anything now (grrrrhhhh). My leeks are quite thin and my cabbages quite eaten (although not as much as next door) and I have beetroot to harvest. Oh and my one and only cucumber, that looked like it was doing quite nicely has stopped growing and turned a funny colour . . .
So what’s next for my allotment over winter? I had planned on getting a Rocket winter salad garden but they’re already sold out. I may still sow some green manure but other than that I need to concentrate on digging over (although at least it should be easier than last year) and hopefully finally clearing the last bit of plot and doing that building work that needs doing, so I can start next spring with a clean slate.
In the meanwhile I’ve gone back to having an organic veg box delivered . . .