Guilty Allotmenteers

The last few weeks have been so busy that our rookie allotment has been left to its own devices, leaving us with two emotions – frustration and guilt.  The sound of the weeds growing and the courgettes swelling has almost been audible from our house, where we have been, preoccupied with other things. Aside from…

Plot Gratitude

Now that we are well into our second year as allotmenteers, I can’t help but notice a smidgen of complacency has crept onto our plot.  Last year – our first growing year – was filled with an almost childlike and perhaps slightly over enthusiastic sense of awe and wonder at our aptitude as growing, well,…

Sowing, Potting, Planting, Weeding !

The first week of June brings with it a rhythmic list of never ending jobs to do on the allotment – sowing, potting, planting, weeding (and repeat).  On our windowsills and in our greenhouses, the sowing continues (Padron Chilli Peppers, Sweet Peppers, Geranium Psilostemon, Cucamelon, Gherkin) and we are still checking (what seems like) hourly…

Into the Unknown

Sometimes on the allotment – for us rookies especially – it’s difficult to tell who is friend and what is foe.  This was true this week, when giving the plot a thorough weeding, mowing and trimming, we came across several visitors we weren’t sure if to admire or to send packing ! The first two…

Crocuses

The Crocuses in the garden have been poking through the soil since mid January, and now they’re already beginning to bloom. Although this seems rather early, the sunny yellow flowers are a such a welcome sight and make us think (perhaps prematurely) of the next season. Elsewhere in the garden, the daffodils are also getting…

10 Lessons Learnt

As our first year on the allotment comes to an end, here at Rookie Towers we’ve been contemplating the lessons we’ve learnt during 2013, and what we might do differently (and better !) next year.  Here are our top 10 Do’s and Don’t for novice allotmenteers – if only we’d known this stuff 12 months…

Seed Saving

I love Autumn – golden leaves on the trees, foraging for berries, preserving and pickling and cozying up to watch ‘Downton Abbey’.  I have to admit though, I have found our first Autumn on the allotment rather sad.  After a summer of sunshine, beauty and abundance on the plot, things are now, well, dying !…

August Flowers

One of the best decisions we made on the allotment this year was to create a flower border, and to include flowers in some of our raised beds too.  Not only has it gone some way to deter unwanted pests, it’s brightened up the plot so much, and next year I think we’ll be adding…

Allotment Flowers

The allotment has suddenly come to life with flowers in the last few weeks, along our flower border, intermingled in the beds, and of course on the plants themselves.  We’ve also left some pretty ‘weeds’ and allium which have gone to seed, as they seem to be attracting lots of insects. We’ve already started planning…

Poppies

This poppy was a lovely surprise, appearing at the head of our bed of Jerusalem Artichokes.  Whereas the majority of our carefully and intentionally planted flowers are yet to bloom, this one has blown over from an adjacent plot, self-seeded, and quietly grown into a beauty.  Nature has certainly trumped us on this one !