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Allotement update & latest harvest from the garden!

on 24/05/2016

Hey my lovelies!

I know that I have been absent for a while now, on my blog & on your blogs too. I had a good reason,…Peter & I were hard-working in our allotment. This year, we were a bit late & needed to sort the garden out. We had been to the container park to get some good compost but there was no more compost,…..big sigh! Now, we needed to work in our loam earth & needed to use the woelvork named in Dutch but I don’t know what it is called in English? This tool:

Here are a lot new photos from our garden, let’s see what we have done!

Our lovely rhubarb, ready to harvest a few!

Our lovely rhubarb, ready to harvest a few stalks!

Here are many green veggies & herbs that are growing now in our beloved garden. We have 3 smaller sunflowers, that we grew from seed. These one’s will grow only to the height of 90 cm! The alcea rosea, my parents grew last year & we planted them at the end of September. This year they will grow tall, strong & they will flower,…yes! Also, they will attract many bees & useful insects too. Β Besides that photo, you see a large bunch of fresh coriander plants aka stalks. We haven’t sown them at all. They grew from the original plant from the year before,…Lucky us. We already harvested many times. We planted 2 NZ spinach this year & they grow bigger every day. We placed them in half shadow because last year, the one in half shadow grew much bigger then the one’s in full sunshine. Last year we had 6 plants, this year 2 will satisfy us, ….:)

We grew 10 celeriac from seed this year & it is the 1st time that I did that. I have sown them on February, the 13th 2016. They are slow growers & after mid May, they came into the garden. This year, we also bought a Good-King-Henry plant. This is family of the Amaranth family. It is a very old plant. We also bought a Chinese mustard plant. Last year, we had a big white chard plant & this year we didn’t have to sow it at all,..the wind did it for us & early this year, we already have 15 plants of white chard. We already have eaten 3 times, a big bunch,..so bitter & yummy.

And here is the latest harvest:

The 1st one!

The 1st one!

We harvested 5 of them! (no photo tough)

And the 2nd red salad bowl crop &Β this lovely big filled bowl of loveliness:

And many radishes, 3 sorts!

Let’s see what else is happening in the garden:

And there is more,…

This will be all for now, my friends! There isn’t much happening in our plastic conservatory so that update is for later in the year!

I hope you all enjoyed it too! πŸ™‚ xxx

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39 responses to “Allotement update & latest harvest from the garden!

  1. Beautiful, natural food!

  2. I love it all!!!

  3. Jim Brennan says:

    Lush, lush, lush… so vibrant, full. Those beets look awesome!

  4. Well done, Sophie!

  5. Impressive…can’t wait to start a vegetable garden myself πŸ™‚ Ah and it’s a broadfork in English.

  6. Nice work! Nothing like veggies you grew yourself πŸ˜‰

  7. lou says:

    Hello Sophie,

    You’ve done a lot of work. Congratulations!
    A very good impression of your allotment.

    Mamalou

  8. How lovely to have delicious fresh food you’ve grown yourselves. I have no idea what that tool is but it looks lethal.

  9. Sophie33 says:

    You use this to get your ground loose if you do not spit your ground. It is better for your ground this way, better for the ground culture of insects & worms.

  10. Beautiful harvest!

  11. Sophie oh my gosh so much going on already! πŸ˜€ I’m way behind you but after your inspiring posts last year I’m at least growing ‘something’ this year! πŸ™‚ Hubby made me some raised beds and some lovely big pots so I’ve no excuse now! πŸ™‚ Maybe I should do a post on the new garden (& patio)! πŸ™‚ Loving your very healthy looking lettuce… think I’ll go and check on mine now! πŸ™‚ xxx

  12. yum! What time is dinner?

  13. I totally feel you on the falling off the blog scale, time just flies when you’re busy! Glad you’re back, and very jealous of your allotment crop, it all looks divine!

  14. Antonia says:

    Your garden is awesome Sophie! I can’t wait to see more pics. The latest harvest looks delicious πŸ˜€

  15. Beautiful post Sophie! The rhubarb!! It looks so darn bright and healthy!! Makes me want to go plant something in our yard. We just have a few tomatoes and an abundance of sweet pea flowers right now. Love this post– inspirational!! Hope all’s well with you…

  16. Johan says:

    A superb tour of your Spring garden, dear Sophie! I really enjoyed it all! Enjoy the fruits of your hard labour! πŸ˜‰

  17. Sofia says:

    I love the tool! What a great allotment! I only have a small patio where I have some pot plants with flowers and herbs to put into my cooking. I would loooove to have an allotment like yours and grow these things. If I ever do, I know where to ask for advice πŸ˜‰

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