Allotment garden memories: Summer 2012

I thought I’d take a look back at our 2012 allotment garden season.  Such a clean slate back in May!  Still there are some straw bales left over from the first year, but much has already been laid down on both the beds (to keep weeds suppressed and the moisture in) and the pathways.

Our virgin outing on May 24th, 2012.  Armed with forks, home-grown seedlings and bonemeal.

Tomato plants laid out much further apart this year than last.  And only about 6 or 8 plants this year instead of double that from last year!

And greens seeds are going in!

A few weeks later there is already bounty… ‘Monet’s Garden Mesclun’ from Renee’s Seeds was insect-free.

Not so much with the ‘Spicy Greens’ mix, where it looks like slugs or earwigs have been leaving their mark.

I set aside one whole bed for seeding annuals and other cutting flowers.  I scattered the seed in the last week of May and a few weeks later, the fruits of my moderate labour were sprouting.  It’s hard to tell what’s a weed and what’s worth keeping at this stage so you just have to watch and wait.

By late July, the garden is bounteous with flowers ready for cutting for the next two months.  Borage, cosmos, zinnias, nasturtium and others, with hollyhock putting on a first year’s growth.

A bucket full in the back of the car!

Fresh cut flowers in the house make everything better.

All the yellow surrounding our plot is goldenrod; not the source of my terrible hay fever last year since that was courtesy of ragweed.  I believe the mechanical cultivation of the rear of our garden last spring gave the goldenrod seed a chance sprout, making the section that we didn’t weed full of it by the late summer!

Even with extra muscle, digging the mid-summer weeds out of the ‘last frontier’ was back-breaking work.  And don’t be thinking I didn’t do any of that labour; I was the dirtiest, sweatiest one there!

This past summer was very hot and dry.  Despite the parched lawns and droopy plants elsewhere, our allotment didn’t seem worse for wear.  We didn’t have any regular irrigation other than putting on the sprinkler every so often – and this was mainly to soften up the soil that we’d be weeding.

Goodnight allotment garden.  See you next spring.

2 thoughts on “Allotment garden memories: Summer 2012”

  1. Recently I was wondering how the garden had gone for you. Love the flowers you planted in your garden and your vegetables did well.

    Did you have a vole problem? At the PP Avenue of the garden, there were more voles than gardeners. They ate a lot of my neighbour’s beets and a lot of my potatoes, but we haven’t got the heart to put down mouse seed. We’re hoping the neighbourhood cats and crows will take care of the problem.

    I am still visiting the garden to take compost veggie waste over and to carry a few pails of compost around the two gardens. This fall I had 14 cubic yards of compost dumped by my plot, 8 of it sold to other gardeners and it will take two years for me to move the remaining 6 cubic yards.

    Got my first gardening catalogue last week and so it starts again.

  2. Great to hear from you Libby, but sorry that you had vole problems. We did have some munching going on underground, mostly on the beets really. I didn’t grow potatoes this year so don’t know there. I believe in a ‘live and let live’ policy in the garden among rodents and do believe that the other wildlife will take care of the problem – in fact, the raptors, raccoons, foxes and all manner will rely on those voles for breakfast and dinner, and cats for snacks.

    That’s amazing about your compost delivery! 14 yds is a lot! Maybe you will accept more money next spring for a portion of what’s left? Let me know…

    And yes – it is time for gardening catalogues and thoughts on next gardening season!

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