Lovely day on the Allotment

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A pleasantly cool day and back to watering everything. The strawberries had the old leaves cut out, were given a feed and were watered.  Dead plants were removed and replaced.  The apples and plums were thinned, probably more to come off, but the fruit left on the branches now has more room to grow.

We carried on lifting the potatoes, now on to the second earlies. As expected there is not a great crop per shaw and they are on the small side but better for boiling at that size.

You always manage to spear one!

There is heavy growth on both the runner and climbing beans and the cane structure was decidedly wobbly, so we put in additional support with stout stakes.

With the soft fruit, the summer raspberries are over, and it is time to cut out the old canes. There has not been much in the way of new canes coming on, probably due to the heat. The new raspberries put in this year are disappointing – only two have put on any growth and the others look dead.

Still picking loganberries, brambles, and jostaberries, but the tayberry is just about over. The autumn raspberries are looking good and ripening up. They have grown very well this year and were staked to stop them falling over.

Don’t forget the Caley Allotment Open Day –  Sunday 19 August 2-4.30pm.

Jobs for next week

  • Weeding
  • Watering
  • Cut the grass

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