The Fruits of Our Labour

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As well as Strawberries, the other fruits on our allotment are beginning to swell, with the Gooseberries, Raspberries and Apples not far behind.  Our Gooseberries are well netted to keep the birds off, and now the Raspberries are starting to fruit (despite supposedly being an Autumn variety), they will need netting too.  We’ve had a second yield of Rhubarb and the Onions, Shallots, Lettuce and Peas are also close to being ready for the plate.

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Our Sweetcorn is coming on well, and we are hoping we have created enough of a ‘block’ with our planting to allow for pollination.  The soft veg (Cucumbers, Gherkin, Courgette & Squash) is still alive – hurrah !  The Beans, Carrots, Parsnips, Leeks and Kohl Rabi are growing, and the Big Bed Brassicas are blooming.  The ‘left over’ Cabbage and Kale are still in their seed bed and getting rather out of control.  They were left there as back-up, in case the seedlings in the big bed were unhappy, but now we’re going to try using some of them for cooking.  This is a rookie manoeuvre and we aren’t sure if we can eat them so early – any tips on what to do with early spare Cabbage and Kale would be very welcome !

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