Progress

3 Oct

September absolutely flew by. I was back at work, I was trying to get a mindfulness class started and the kids were settling into their new lives at school. The plot doesn’t know or care about this and of course those weeds keep growing. I set myself some ridiculous goals for September – dig strip 3, plant fruit bushes, make some grass seed paths. True to my dyslexic always-over-stretching-myself self, I knew some of this simply wouldn’t get done. This blog got dropped for a week or two but that didn’t mean I wasn’t still there digging, be it sporadically!

So let’s do the bad news first. My tomato plants succumbed to blight just as they were going red! We did manage to get about two week’s worth of tomatoes before they were blighted but still, it wasn’t a happy moment up rooting these plants I had nurtured since March and chucking them in the plot dump to be burned.

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Blighted!

A second thing to die was my youngest’s pumpkin plant. I was there at the weekend, it looked fine. I returned on Tuesday to see that the plant had withered so much it was almost invisible and all that remained were two dinky pumpkins, not yet orange being circled by hungry slugs. I gathered up the withered plant, salvaged the pumpkins and they now reside on my window sill. I am not sure if they will turn orange in the same way tomatoes turn red.

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Diddy pumpkins!

But aside from these two setbacks things are good on the plot. My oldest’s pumpkins are thriving, huge and turning orange. This of course has provoked a bit of sibling rivalry. My attempt to appease all (you have a dinky one of his and we’ll give him a big orange one of yours) was flatly refused by the eldest who can spot a bad deal when she sees one!

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Proper pumpkins!

My courgette plant – the one constant all summer – really is the gift that keeps giving. I have picked another 3 courgettes this week and there’s more on the way if slugs or frost don’t get them first.

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Courgettes still growing.

I can’t say I have had an awful lot of luck with my brassicas but I was amazed to see that after months of growing I can now see some distinct looking brussels on the way – maybe in time for Christmas?

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Sprouts! At last a brassica I’ve planted has grown!

And that digging, the bane of any reluctant gardener’s life, that was really making my hands hurt a few weeks ago and so I slowed down the pace, has come on in leaps and bounds. I still have a small corner yet to dig but I have finished my first grass path and started my second one.

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My first grass path!

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Strip 3 – flatter and the starting to take shape

OK so my one concern is the grass seed has all come from a pound shop in Harlesden. Even as I was buying it there was a sensible voice inside me (being ignored as my sensible voice often is) screaming go to Wilko. So we shall see, I might get another blog entry out of lamenting my foolish stinginess!

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4 Responses to “Progress”

  1. Gill Ridgewell. October 4, 2013 at 10:42 am #

    Well done for getting so much done in September – which I well remember as one of the busiest and most stressful months of the year for a teacher! The diddy pumpkins look sweet btw! XX

    • wifi allotment October 6, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

      Thanks mum! Yes I keep forgetting I have schemes of work and marking to do for my new classes – shouldn’t really be faffing on the plot but in this weather how can I resist!

  2. samsallotment October 6, 2013 at 10:20 am #

    Your ‘rescue’ pumpkins should finish ripening indoors. I picked mine a while ago now, as long as they are orange, I pick them and leave them in my shed until Halloween. The skins need to cure on them and at least they are safe this way, my kid’s would be so disappointed if ‘their’ pumpkins met a bad end or went walkies off the plot!

    • wifi allotment October 6, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

      Thanks Sam, that’s good to know. We picked more today for that very reason, will keep the greener ones on the window sill. I also trimmed leaves off the remaining plants to get the greenest ones a bit more sunlight – we’ll see if that works!

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