We finally found some time on Friday evening to spend at the allotment. Unfortunately, we've had little time for the plot this year and it needs a lot of work to get it licked back in to shape. The weeds are taking over and little of the ground is cultivated but when time is short owing to other commitments, the allotment seems to be one of the first things to suffer.
I finally got my carrots sown in the WoodBlocX raised bed. I'm growing Nantes, Tendersnax and Chantenay. As you can see, Mick's constructed a wooden frame covered with enviromesh to fit over more than half of the bed. I'm hoping that this will thwart the carrot root fly which can cause devestation to carrot crops. I sowed some beetroot in the part which is left uncovered.
The onions were planted out a couple of weeks ago. I'd started them off in modules so they'd already sprouted. These are Sturon.
We also got the brassicas which we bought from Harlow Carr planted out. There's six Brussels sprouts plants - Evesham Special and six Asparagus kale plants. Mick's fitting collars around the plants to prevent the cabbage root fly laying their eggs at the base of the plants.
Here they are all tucked up underneath the netted cage which should, hopefully, prevent the pigeons from stripping the leaves. It seems there's a pest out there just waiting to feast on whatever crop we're growing. The netting is held down with tent pegs and then bricks put around the bottom for extra strength.
There's also mangetout growing which were planted out a couple of weeks ago, but the plants don't look in the best of shape, I think they've taken a battering from the high winds we've had recently.
I'm hoping that now we've made a start, we can catch up with the jobs which should have been done much earlier in the year.
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