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…

First Harvest

The time has come on our plot to really start harvesting and enjoying the efforts of all our hard work over the last few months.  We were so pleased this week to be able to harvest our first Broccoli, Dwarf French Beans, Asparagus Peas, Courgette, Cucumber, ripe red Gooseberries (to the delight of Mr G,…

Peas Glorious Peas

There have been a lot of firsts on the plot this week, most notably for our first Pea harvest, which was much anticipated.  We have three Pea beds (planted at intervals to hopefully ensure a steady supply through the summer !), and we took about half the Peas from the largest bed.  Unfortunately about a…

The Fruits of Our Labour

  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…

What a Difference a Week Makes

Going away on holiday is always slightly trepidacious for allotmenteers.  Left to their own devices for a week or fortnight, will the crops be alive or dead on our return ?  Will we have a freak spell of hot weather, a flood, or a plague of pests which burns / drowns / eats the unpatrolled…

Pests and Defences

This week has been all about building structures. We were kindly given a shed from the lady on the plot next door to ours, and decided to move and rebuild it on the hottest day of the year so far ! After much fun and games, we are now the proud owners of a new-old-shed…