Our allotment - Life on the Weald September 2018
As expected, I did encounter a delay at security at Gatwick airport in August as I had packed one of my oversize courgettes to take to Spain. Sure enough it caused some queries on the x-ray screening and I had to open my case. "Oh is that your prize one?" asked the security officer. "No," I said, "the prize one wouldn't fit in the suitcase". I presume that once we have Brexited; it won't be permissible to take an oversize courgette into Spain and I won't be able to bring more than 2kg of lemons back!
On my first September visit to the allotment on 5th, one of the first things that I noticed was the pumpkin which had more than doubled in size since mid August.
|5 September - pumpkin
It was a plant that I had bought at the allotment holders' sale in Portslade and I'm not sure what variety it is.
|5 September Plums
|7 September courgettes
|7 September beans and cucumber
|7 September kale
|7 September leeks
|7 September peas
|7 September tomatoes
|9 September kale
|9 September, hand weeded leeks
Spinach and chard are naturals on our patch and love to self seed all over the place. Once they have taken hold I'm reluctant to pull them up so we have a surfeit. We eat it regularly, we feed family and friends - and we have a freezer full!
|10 September Chard
My son, Damien, seems to have had a better crop than me this year, grown in a pot in his garden in SE London.
|Damien's chillies growing in a pot in SE London
|Damien's chillies harvested
|Damien's chillies threaded for drying
We have tided up the area near the shed where the wormeries are kept and cut back the brambles and it is looking much neater.
We have also emptied the bottom trays of the wormeries into the raised beds where the onions and garlic will go later this year.
|contents of the wormery
I have covered the compost from the wormeries with a layer of grass clippings from the lawn at home and covered that with some riddled soil rescued from the couch grass dug up last month. I will dig all this in when we get back next month.
I lifted the last remaining row of the Nicola potatoes and planted a new double row of leeks where they had been.....
|Newly planted leeks - 19 September
...tidied up around the pond and then took a last fond look at my pumpkin which I hope will still be there in October!
|Pumpkin 19 September
Hove, September 2018