Category Archives: allotment journal

new neighbours at the plot

One evening as we were leaving we could hear rustling and snuffling down the path to the edge of the top of the stairs.  We thought it might be a fox…  Or rat?  So we tip toed closer to the … Continue reading

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and so it goes..

We’ve been down the rabbit hole for the past few weeks.  There has been lots of summer rain – sometimes light showers, sometimes sustained, pounding downpours. And so on the enforced wet days when we couldn’t garden anyway, we got … Continue reading

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birds & berries

Tuesdays are busy days for us: we start with the volunteer woods group on Lismore Circus and do our usual trim and tidy. Happily we’ve recruited one more volunteer who came today – which was great as one of our … Continue reading

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a glut of garlic

Yesterday we got around to lifting the garlic from their growing bed – the very last area in the allotment that we can cultivate for summer crops.  This shot shows the full harvest on-site, with flowering calendula growing on the … Continue reading

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triple duty day & meeting father frog

Tuesday was another hot dry day in London, with temperatures in the mid-twenties.  We’ve been speculating about the temperatures inside our growing shed.  Our allotment neighbour R has a thermometer in his shed and told us on Monday that temperatures inside … Continue reading

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salad days (but not like you’d think)

Inspired by the crispy, fresh tastiness of our garden grown red curly lettuces, which have provided us two delicious main meals in the past week, I decided to dedicate a little bit of time to ensuring we have a steady … Continue reading

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tapdancing tadpoles

And all of a sudden, the day, she came.  And then the tadpoles had legs. Perfectly formed but infinitely tiny back legs. These ones will be toads or frogs – we hear that on newts it is the front legs … Continue reading

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ready… steady…. Jam!

It’s ‘On Your Marks!’ season in the gardens, that much is for sure.  Everything’s exploding and the growing shed is near enough empty…  The sole survivors in there are the seeded Thai basil, now ready to be potted-up-and-out, a tray … Continue reading

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triple duty day

Yesterday was one of those gorgeous sunny days.  The morning sky was clear blue with not a cloud in sight.  Full sun, hot but not too hot as there was a lovely gentle summer breeze.  By the afternoon there was  … Continue reading

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overnight magic

Another hot, dry day in London.  The drought continues and no rain in sight for days.  CNN reported it was 26°C in London today, but when we arrived it felt more like 34°C ; I had trickles of sweat running … Continue reading

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