Week 14 & Week 15: “Before” & “After” my holiday.

Well, having started the allotment back in March 2014, we have managed not to have a major holiday which has been good but we are heading away for 14 days so I have had to make arrangements. A friend will visit regularly to water (so that my newly planted raised beds don’t dry out completely. With the British “Summer” weather being so unpredictable, I am nervous without someone popping in, the plants may all die and wither away so it was good to have someone checking in on my plot.

A selection of “Before Holiday” and “After Holiday” pictures which shows the growth of my plants (and weeds) whilst I was away.

Looking down from the seating area. All the raised beds look fresh and healthy.

Looking down from the seating area. All the raised beds look fresh and healthy.

More lush green growth during the two week holiday.

More lush green growth during the two week holiday.

My Caro potatoes have jumped up in height and they are much bushier than they were. The Sweetheart cabbage is huge under the tunnel.

My Caro potatoes have jumped up in height and they are much bushier than they were. The Sweetheart cabbage is huge under the tunnel.

At first glance, there doesn't seem much growth with the Onions, but if you examine them closer you can see the bulbs are starting to swell. The maggots appear to have moved on.

At first glance, there doesn’t seem much growth with the Onions, but if you examine them closer you can see the bulbs are starting to swell. The maggots appear to have moved on.

Pumpkin Plants are settling into the old compost heap and vicariously growing.

Pumpkin Plants are settling into the old compost heap and vicariously growing.

Unfortunately, the salad bed (Lettuce, Mixed Leaves & Spring Onions) seems overrun with weed growth and slug damage. Such a shame they have eaten my lettuce.

Unfortunately, the salad bed (Lettuce, Mixed Leaves & Spring Onions) seems overrun with weed growth and slug damage. Such a shame they have eaten my lettuce.

Don't know if the celery was affected by the weather as it seems a little greener but the surrounding leeks appear to have done rather better in the last two weeks.

Don’t know if the celery was affected by the weather as it seems a little greener but the surrounding leeks appear to have done rather better in the last two weeks.

So impressed with the leek growth. They look like little leeks now (Musselburgh) and need moving into a final position for a push to largeness!

So impressed with the leek growth. They look like little leeks now (Musselburgh) and need moving into a final position for a push to largeness!

My runner beans have suddenly grown up and shot up the poles. They are bursting with red flowers and already some beans are forming at the bottom of the plant.

My runner beans have suddenly grown up and shot up the poles. They are bursting with red flowers and already some beans are forming at the bottom of the plant.

Even the newly planted Blueberry bushes are doing well in the ground. Some new leaves as well as a better greener colour in the last two weeks.

Even the newly planted Blueberry bushes are doing well in the ground. Some new leaves as well as a better greener colour in the last two weeks.

 

Aubergines have done really well: too well for the space but that is a lesson for year one of my allotment!

Aubergines have done really well: too well for the space but that is a lesson for year one of my allotment!

In terms of produce, I was relieved that many of the strawberries had been taken by my waterer but there were lots of raspberries which I was able to harvest, (with some finished and soft on the branches). Some peas were ready so the pods were collected as well as lots of sweet peas which seem to have multiplied and spread very well. These will be beautiful and fragrant at home.

Produce collected after my holiday.

Produce collected after my holiday.

 

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