Today’s harvest was the best yet, not only because I got to use my new ‘Birthday Trug’ (Thank you Mr O !), but because we came away from the plot having discovered a fantastic surprise – 2lbs of huge, juicy Blackberries, ready to pick and courtesy of Mother Nature.
The plot feels like it’s reaching it’s peak, and we’ve such a glut of veg it’s exciting and overwhelming at the same time. My brain is whirring with wondering how we can save the produce we can’t eat right now, and I’m devouring books and articles on jams, jellies, chutneys, pickling and preserving. It’s going to be an Autumn of culinary firsts !
As well as those crops which are reaching their peak or almost over, new life is appearing, as our Chillies and Squash are beginning to grow, and the seedlings of recently planted Endive, Spinach Beet, Pak Choi and (final attempt) Radishes are coming through the soil.
Plans are being made for Autumn renovations (the construction of the greenhouse and phase two, the second half of the plot) a new raised bath (from an anonymous donor) as been put into the ground and Poppies have been sown in the flower border to hopefully bloom early next year.
As Rookies, it’s fascinating to watch the cycle of the allotment year unfolding, and to wait with anticipation of the wonders and challenges that will come next. Will we love our plot so much when the harvesting of produce, beautiful flowers, butterflies, bees and sunshine are packed away until next year ? I hope so, but only time will tell !