Having got Val squared away with a cup of tea, she’s still got her leg in plaster, I took advantage of the sunshine today to get down to the plot. We’re hoping she’ll be unplastered on Thursday and things will start getting back to normal, or chaos as we call it.
I noticed the council have been dumping leaves and compost on the site when I arrived. Just hoping there will be some left by the time I can get some serious time down there to grab some for my plots.
After the wind on Saturday I wanted to check everything was still there on the plot so I was a little nervous as I walked over to the greenhouses but they were fine. No panes even loose as far as I can tell. The empty ‘Dalek’ compost bin had blown onto the path but otherwise everything was in remarkably good shape.
One thing though, the weeds are doing really well. Plot 5 is looking a bit like a jungle but I’m sure I can get that sorted easily enough. It’s just a matter of getting down there and doing it.
The little gem lettuce in the small greenhouse are all well bolted, which is annoying. Only myself to blame, but I’ve never claimed to be perfect. Still nothing’s a total waste on an allotment. The worst case is things go onto the compost heap if they don’t end up in a chicken.
My daughter visited the other week and our split tomatoes that had a little mould starting went down well with the ducks. It’s funny how poultry seem to love tomatoes but they do.
We’ve still got a few, well very few, tomatoes in the main greenhouse and I’m just leaving them to ripen on until we’ve used up the ones at home. The green will ripen up with the aid of a ripe banana when we want anyway.
The way that works is the banana releases minute amounts of ethylene gas and this prompts the fruit to ripen. Apparently ethylene is responsible for fast deterioration of vegetables stored in the fridge and you can get a device called the EGG Gas Guardian that absorbs it so prolonging their life. Sounds like one of those ideas that you wonder why nobody thought of it years ago.
Had a quick chat with Jim on the site, he’s preparing his runner bean trench. Got to admit to being somewhat green with envy – his plot is looking so smart and he’s well up to date with things.
Bit of tidying up and then harvested a few leeks to go into a dried pea soup. In a way I’m quite enjoying keeping up the culinary skills whilst Val’s on the bench but probably not as much as Val is looking forward to her cooking again!