After the moon, it’s back down to earth on the plot. The weather is reasonably warm even though it seems July has been a monsoon season so far. The plus side is that things continue to grow well but the flip side is that the weeds also grow and there’s not a lot you can do in the rain.
Anyway, Monday wasn’t too bad so popped down to the plot after work. I took the brassica plants with me that were in my home greenhouse. I immediately planted some of the cabbages into the bed on plot 29 where the other brassicas are safely under netting.
Back over to plot 5 where the garlic needed to come up. The raised bed is pretty wet, not as wet as the paths, so I wanted them up. Not too bad a crop, but would have been better for planting last year rather than spring this year.
I noticed the onions on the drying frames are fairly well dried out but this weather is now just keeping them damp and will cause rot so all went into the car. We’ll have to finish them off at home for storing.
With luck they’ll last us through to next harvest now. The shallots always store well and this year I’ve an excellent crop.
I sprinkled a few pounds of lime onto the bed and then hoed it over. That got rid of the weed seedlings and mixed the lime into the topsoil. However, it was getting a little late to get the brassicas planted so gave them a good watering and put them into the coldframe on the decking.
The ones on the top shelf look awfully pigeon tempting with the lid open so wrapped some netting around to keep the flying rats off.
I’ve got more plants than I need so swapped some with Therese on plot 1 for some broad beans. She’s got an allotment partner, welcome Denise, so they’re sharing the plot now. Hopefully I’ll be able to sell her a book! (Darn, she’s sharing Therese’s)
Growing Giant Pumpkins
Since today is doing a convincing imitation of a power shower in the sky, again, I decided to write an article. I’ve had a few emails about how to grow them. It’s a subject I touch on in Vegetable Growing Month by Month but I’ve expanded it in this article: How to Grow Giant Pumpkins.
I get quite a few emails asking how to do things. I don’t mind some but often people don’t even look on the site first. It’s often worth using the google search box on each page for a quick answer.
Sometimes, usually when I’m busy and I get yet another email, I answer “the answer to this is on page XX of my book” Hey, come on – 10 emails taking 10 minutes or so apiece is an hour and half a day.
Oh well, if this rain goes on I’ll be writing a new book. How to build a boat out of old pallets. If the sun comes out, I’ll cheer up.