Week 12 (Year 4): Final Main Crop Cara Potatoes, my First Summer Strawberry and Rogation Sunday…

Another busy warm week in Fulham and a focus upon finishing planting Seed Potatoes. As I have been away for a few days, it is a priority to plant the final lot of Main Crop Potatoes (as they have chitted and have good root growth on them).

These Cara Main Crop Potatoes are my last ones. They should produce a good crop now that they’ve had extra chitting time!

And excited to see then nearly ready first Strawberry on my plot. I have several Raised Beds of Strawberries so hoping for a good crop with some jam made later on.

First Strawberry on my plot

And of course, in an effort to prevent my “white” card turning yellow, and having to turn up to Appeal to the Appeals Board (which I sit on!), I have been working  on tidying up the plot.

Looking down the Plot

Looking up the Plot on the right side (after weeding)

Weeding Raised Beds]

So working through the Plot and clearing away the weeds, bind weed grass and other materials in my raised beds.

As per our traditions, six weeks after Easter, we celebrated Rogation Sunday at the Allotments.

It is always a well attended tradition with lots of Plot Holders supporting this short service held at the Tea Hut. The local clergy from All Saints Church, which is literally around the corner lead our hymn singing, prayers and blessing of the Allotment fields. Whilst they don’t make it over to every plot, they do sprinkle holy water over some of the Plots and the Plot Holders in an effort to support a healthy and productive season.

And of course, it is the first social gathering on the Allotments so it is always good to catch-up with fellow Plot Holders. After the short service we walk around the corner to the vicarage of All Saints where tea and cakes are enjoyed on the lush lawns.

So back to the weeding as well as planning to transfer some of the seedlings from the back garden. This includes more Beans (Runner Beans and French Beans) as well as some Tomato Plants for the Greenhouse…

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