Ready, Steady, Grow!

May was very busy on the allotment front but now feel I can draw a sigh of relief knowing that everything (well, nearly everything)  has been planted. There have been times over the last month when I wondered if 2 plots was just over stretching myself! Luckily, up stepped The Husband.

The potatoes are looking very healthy – 5 different varieties, including my favourite, Desiree.

Potatoes on allotment

Potatoes – earthed

Onions (red and white), shallots and garlic all coming along nicely.Onions, garlic sauce and shallots

The peas and mange tout are looking promising. Some were grown on indoors and some planted straight in the ground.Peas and mange tout

I can hardly believe the strawberries are starting to ripen (just in time for Wimbledon!)

Strawberries on the allotment

Something’s had a little taste!

The fruit bushes are doing well too – netted to stop those pesky birds having a feast.Fruit bushes on allotment

I’ve still got the courgettes, cucumber, leeks, squash and pumpkin to go in. One minor panic, somehow I’ve missed out brussel sprouts. It’s a tradition in our house that, on Christmas morning, The Husband digs up the brussels for Christmas lunch. So I think a trip to the nursery to pick up some plants is called for.

A disappointment along the way – my salad. Usually I just sow seeds straight into the ground every 2 weeks,  which is what I’ve done this year. Only the radishes have appeared, no sign of the lettuces after 3 sowings. Perhaps it hasn’t been warm enough?

I’m going to leave you with a query. This plant was left on our new plot by the previous occupant. It’s magnificent, it has beautiful blue flowers and is a real attraction for bees. The Husband and I thought it might be borage but it doesn’t quite match the description in the books we’ve consulted. Any suggestions gratefully received.

Allotment plant

Mystery plant.

Today is the first day of summer – in the meteorological calendar. So I’m hoping for a little warmth and sunshine – just what my allotment needs. Happy Gardening!



19 thoughts on “Ready, Steady, Grow!

  1. Your mystery plant is comfrey. A fabulously useful plant to have on the allotment .. enjoy it for a while when it in flower – the bees love it 🙂 – then cut it right down and pack it into a bucket – leaves, stems flowers ‘n’ all – and cover with water … add a lid of some sort if you can … then just leave it to steep for several weeks … but be warned> when you stir or move it, it will PONG ! The longer you leave it, the smell will become less potent. You end up with a brown liquid feed that is rich in nitrogen and potassium) that you can then use all around the plot. Dilute with water and use everywhere. The remaining sludge can be added to the compost bin – as can the fresh cuts leaves – comfrey speeds up the composting process. You can cut it down to use at least twice a year .. it will come back every year in the same place.

    The old name for this herb is ‘knit bone’. It was traditionally made into a poltice to mend broken bones – It is important to use it only on bones that have been re-set 🙂 Comfrey should not be eaten (though you will find some herbal medics suggesting that it can) … this is because it is rich alkaloids that are toxic to human liver, so eating can cause serious damage.

    This type of comfrey, with the purple flowers will set itself all around the plot … pull up any that you don;t want ad add to the compost bin or bucket …. do this when the new seedlings are small (you will soon get to recognise them) because comfrey sends a very long fat tap root deep down into the ground (which makes it difficult to dig up when established) .. this root is how it sucks up all those lovely nutrients (from the deep down in the ground) that you can then harness for your veggies by using it, as described above 🙂 You can buy a modified non-spreading version – it is called Bocking 14. I however much prefer this wild natural version – and, of course, this one is FREE 🙂

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    • Why thank you! That sounds like it. Asked lots of people but no one could identify it. My husband is just reading up on it at the moment – thinks it’s Russian comfrey. It has been a prolific grower as it was chopped right down last year and has grown again very vigorously. It is obviously going to be a real boon as ‘food’ for the rest of the allotment. Also supposed to be a slug repellant, husband just reading out – well that’s not working! Thank you so much for solving our mystery plant.

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  2. It’s taken me three attempts to get Little Gem lettuce to germinate. Usually they are practically sprouting as they come out of the packet. Sowed a row outside in mid May and 6 seedlings popped up! It’s either too cold or the seeds are all dodgy. Either way, there’ll be a lettuce crisis come July 😉

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  3. What a gorgeous garden and what a lot of potatoes! I don’t understand potatoes, so yours seem particularly lush. Your peas and “snow peas” look great! My peas are ready to be picked very soon, especially with all the rain we’re now having. I am having plot-fruit envy, but so grateful that someone identified and educated me about comfrey that it’s balanced out!

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    • Thank you. I, too, am so relieved to have discovered the name of my mystery plant. It has been puzzling us for so long. I’m very glad we didn’t attempt to taste it since it turns out it is poisonous! Good to hear your peas and ‘snow peas’ are doing so well and nearly ready to pick. Here in the UK we have a few more weeks to go as they haven’t flowered yet!

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