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June Plots

There wasn’t all that much going on during May on the allotments so I didn’t have much material to work with, besides having spent 10 days in Cuenca, Spain, at the beginning of the month also put me even more behind. Then came the half-term holidays for our granddaughter which got me even further behind again!

Now during June I’ve been going down in the evenings & I’m able to spend an average of about 2 hours per evening! :) Now I’ve been able to spend more time down there on a more regular basis things are – slowly – getting a little more under control!

Early Potatoes ‘Rocket’ at the end of May on my plot:

Early Potatoes ‘Rocket’ a month later:

Carrots & Parsnips at the end of May:

Carrots & Parsnips a month later:

Onion sets Sturon & Leeks at the end of May:

Onions from sets Sturon a fortnight later:

Onions from sets Sturon after a further two weeks of growth at the end of June:

What a difference a month makes at this time of the year!

Gerry’s plots during the middle of May:

Gerry brought some plants down to the allotment from his own greenhouse at home & he, himself, planted them out!

Sweetcorn planted out middle of May:

Sweetcorn middle of June:

Sweetcorn now at the end of June:

Broadbeans planted out middle of May:

Broadbeans 3rd week of June:

Lettuce Ballon middle of May:

Lettuce Ballon 3rd week of June:

Lettuce ‘Ballon’ end of June:

I’ve picked about half of them by now! But there is still about half the bed left, though they will need to be harvested pretty soon or they will bolt! They have turned out very well.

Peas middle of May:

Peas 3rd week of June:

About the beginning of June my daughter & granddaughter, Kirsty, sowed some Pumpkin seeds in the tiny greenhouse in their back garden. A day or two later we had some very strong winds which blew the greenhouse over. As they had been out for the day they didn’t discover what had happened till late evening. Kirsty was very upset so my daughter said she would get some more. I said I would grow some for her on the allotment. So next day I bought a packet of seeds & sowed them in the greenhouse on the allotment:

Pumpkin ‘Jack O’Lantern’ seeds just sown 3rd June:

They germinated within a few days:

Within a week the true leaves had developed!:

  • In less then 3 weeks I was planting them in the allotment!:*

Ten days later:

This is the first time I’ve ever grown them from seed! I grew two plants last year that were given to me by a fellow allotmenteer but they were already bigger than the plants you see here in the ground.

These are astounding me with the speed of their growth! In just a fortnight they are already about 3x as big as when I put them in!!!

At the same time as I sowed the Pumpkin seeds I also sowed a couple of packets of squash seeds that my sister in Texas, USA, sent me way back in February. Owing to such a cold spring I hadn’t got around to sowing them but I decided I’d sow them now.

Green Squash seeds just sown 3rd June:

Yellow Squash seeds just sown 3rd June:

The Squash seeds were as quick to germinate as the Pumpkins. Their subsequent growth has been a little slower but I was also surprised that they grew so fast.

Squashes with true leaves 19th June:

I planted them out at the very top of Gerry’s allotment. He had dumped some well rotted horse manure there which I’d cleared away a week or so before putting in the Squash seedlings. As there was still some left I dug it in & levelled the ground a bit as there is a slope there. The seedlings are looking quite well & are growing almost as fast as the Pumpkins!

Green & Yellow Squashes just planted out 20th June:

Green & Yellow Squashes 9 days later:

As I have no views from the shed this year I’m going to finish this blog here. Over the coming months/blogs I’ll show you the progress of the Pumpkins & Squashes as well as the results of the harvesting that has already begun!

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Goodness, you've got plenty to keep you busy - and fed - there! All looks great. Trying to find space to grow some veg myself and have to say I fancy trying the squash/pumpkins as am impressed by their quick germination and subsequent growth. Now, I just need to knock down the shed to make room!

3 Jul, 2013


things have grown quickly in the last month, all looks great, the potatoes have done well too. Yummy yum yum!!

3 Jul, 2013


Everything is coming along in leaps and bounds now. The amount of growth plants make at this time of year is amazing.

3 Jul, 2013


Its all so neat and organised. What occurred to me was, gosh, are you really going to be able to eat all that...

3 Jul, 2013


Good to hear Gerry is well enough to go to the field.
Interesting pictures.
Someone else on Goy had her greenhouse blown over.
Must be an awful shock.

4 Jul, 2013


Great to see so much effort rewarded. The peas are looking terrific and you can't have pigeon or rabbit problems to see them look so healthy.
I don't grow veg here, we are surrounded by both the above so feel that I would just be providing yet more food to increase their numbers!
Though...I do fancy growing a few potatoes sometime as you can't beat your own new potatoes for flavour - even the Jersey ones!

4 Jul, 2013


Thanks you all for taking the time to read my blog on our allotments in May/June.

Tuesdaybear: Will knocking your shed down really give you all that much extra space? Just one or two Pumpkins/Squashes will occupy the space left vacant!

Oliveoil: Things certainly put a spurt on once June started! Must've been the combination of the days of maximum sunlight & the warmth that seemed to arrive with June. I thought the month might live up to its name of "Flaming June", alas it didn't! :-((

I agree that the potatoes are looking good, I'm only harvesting them this year as we need them which means just a few plants a week. Just hope Blight doesn't put in an appearance again this year, though the weather this year is totally the opposite of what we had last year! Then it was quite cool & rained a lot for a long time whereas this year June was warmer & sunnier as well as drier than last year.

You are quite right, Hywel, growth has come on tremendously since June. Making up for the very cold spring we had. Everything is trying to make up for the 3 or 4 weeks by which we are behind this year.

Steragram, we probably won't be able to eat all that as you say but then many things are planted to last a fair period of time - hopefully! I say that because I sowed Lettuces on 3 or 4 occasions with the intention of having a supply over several months but they have all come together & now I have a glut of Lettuces! I took a bagful into church with me yesterday to give to the congregation. I have another bagful at home - far more than we can eat in a week or two! I had to compost a couple of dozen from Gerry's plot as they were bolting. :-((

Diane, the GH blown over was one of these light metal frame ones with plastic covering. They can be knocked over fairly easily in a good gust of wind! Our daughter may not have had much in it anyway thus it wouldn't have been very heavy. The Pumpkins I sowed for our granddaughter are making very good progress! On Saturday I noticed the first flowerbuds in the crowns of the plants as I was watering them! With the hot weather of the last week & what we are forecast for the coming week at least, they will be sprawling all over their allotted bed by August!

Honeysuckle: I don't understand what could have happened but the CULINARY peas are turning out to be SWEETPEAS! I was weeding around them last week & then I realised the leaves were a greyer shade of green than peas & they weren't as think either. I hadn't looked at them closely in more than a month as when I go down to the allotments I have so many things that need to be done I don't often stop to look at things. Besides which they are growing on the division between the two half allotments where I also made a path about 3 years ago. So I tend to walk along the path that divides the 2 plots to go to mine which is further down the allotments field & on the other side of the central path & don't stop to look at them. Last week I decided they needed weeding so I got down on my hands & knees, a hoe can't be used among the plants, they are far too close together, & started to pull out the weeds. Then I noticed they looked strange for culinary peas & looked more like Sweetpeas! There are a few plants of culinary peas & comparing the two the difference is immediately obvious! Though how they "metamorphosed" from one to the other I'll never know! I DO know I sowed culinary peas all along the division as I stuck the packet on the plastic milk bottle I use as a marker with the date they were sown. That was just before going to visit our family in Spain at the end of April. The explanation would seem that as I'd grow Sweetpeas on the division 2 years in a row their seeds, especially last year when I could hardly get down to the plots, must have fallen into the ground & germinated this year when I sowed the culinary peas. I watered along the division much more frequently after returning from Spain.

In the future photos I take I will have to change the name from peas to Sweetpeas!

We don't have problems with rabbits, as far as I know as I've never seen one nor has anybody ever commented on seeing them, pigeons we DO have! They make a right mess of Peas & Brassicas if they aren't covered properly! As my peas are covered in netting they are safe but may also account for why I didn't notice the difference between them & the Sweetpeas much earlier!

8 Jul, 2013


Blimey, mate, you're in for a bumper crop by the looks of things.
What a great turn around from the state of affairs a few months ago, just after you & the wife came back from the Christening in Spain, eh? Lol.
Must be a relief, after such a long winter, too.
Well done, Balconey!

22 Jul, 2013


Thanks, Mouldy! We are just beginning to reap the rewards of our hard work of a few months ago!

I dug up all my potatoes from my plot a week or so ago. I thought I couldn't leave them much longer as it seemed we were heading into perfect blight weather! As it turned out Blight doesn't seem to have put in an appearance this year. Last year it was very bad on the Allotments Field & everybody lost their potato & tomato plants. I had just finished harvesting my New Potatoes 'Rocket' when it struck so they weren't affected. The later ones were but even so we'd got quite a good crop.

This year both Gerry & I have bought some seed potatoes that are supposed to have some tolerance to blight. They are all planted in the same big bed & so far look quite good in spite of the very hot & dry July we had. One variety I bought, 'Red Cara', is yellowing but the other variety 'Picasso' is still looking pretty good. As I planted 'Red Cara' between Gerry's 'Picasso' & my 'Picasso' there is now a yellowing patch between the two green patches!

4 Aug, 2013


You're just the man to ask.
Why has one of my potato plants gone yellow?
I'm assuming, just like trees, it's because it's reaching the end of it's cycle.
The other two are just starting to turn yellow.
I'd appreciate any advice, mate. Thanks.

5 Aug, 2013


I'm no expert on veg growing Mouldy, more flower growing. Like you I think it maybe because they have now reached the end of their season, but I think it may also be caused by two completely different things.

1: If you sowed a First Early or 2nd Early variety these are definitely ready to be lifted.

2: They got too dry during the very hot weather we had during July. Especially if they are Maincrop. These need a much longer growing season than 1st or 2nd Earlies.

A third possibility, but I think this is probably a long shot with the hot, dry weather of this year, is Blight. That makes them go yellow then brown before they collapse completely.

5 Aug, 2013


They're Charlottes, sown as early as I dared, Balconey.
The packet said to lift them from Sept, once the foliage turned brown, so I'm assuming we're both right with the end of cycle theory.
Once this 1st one is brown I'll lift it & hope for the best.
I've had a wee pry & the spuds are turning white, so, fingers crossed, it'll be ok.
I'd no idea gardening could be so stressful. Lol.

9 Aug, 2013


I lifted one of the two maincrop varieties I'd planted earlier in the year on the allotment I share with Gerry. Almost all the plants had died & the soil was being washed off the tubers exposing them to light. If they are exposed to light for long they turn green & that part of the spud is inedible, as well as poisonous, to humans.

I was very surprised to see them die down so soon as they are supposed to be Maincrop spuds & should have continued another month or more before dying down. Now I have an excess of spuds that I can't store!

I sowed a lot less this year compared to last year as well! I only planted First Earlies & Maincrop. The 2nd variety of Maincrop spuds are mostly alright - in fact a few plants have just started opening their first flowers while the rest of the plants have flower buds just starting to emerge from the stem tips.

9 Aug, 2013

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