Monthly Archives: July 2012

Allotment Beans

I finally got up to the allotment this morning making the most of a gap between downpours. With our holiday in France it’s about a month since I’ve been and the weeds were well on their way to swamping parts of the plot. I had the girls with me so it was a quick visit just pulling up the larger weeds particularly around the broad beans which were ready for harvesting. I couldn’t believe the amount of slugs and snails, I suppose with all the rain we’ve been having and the overgrown state of the plot it’s inevitable but it still took me by surprise as I don’t really see many on the plot at home. I think a combination of good plot hygiene and the frogs from next door’s pond provides a relatively slug and snail free environment. And any that do make it onto the plot are shown no mercy! I haven’t used pellets on the allotment but I think I will next year.

We came back from the allotment with a bag full of broad beans and a few sticks of rhubarb. The sweetcorn was doing well, a bit short but there were quite a few cobs forming. Back at home there’s plenty of soft fruit, mangetout, calabrese and brokali to keep us going with everything else poised to be ready for the end of the month. All we need now is some decent sun to warm everything up a bit!