Up from the gutter

The peas have been eased from their guttering incubator and into the ground at the allotment (back on the 5th of May).

Gutter-grown peas planted next to a row of directly-sown sugarsnaps

Then the support structure was put in place.

Pea sticks ready for climbing
(And then fleece went around this structure to protect the seedlings from decimation by pigeons and other birds – note the netting covering the rows behind.)

A sunny weekend meant some lovely time in the garden. I re-potted tomato seedlings, weeded, and planted another short row of peas. (One can never have too many peas! Is this the year I have more than we can eat? Impossible, though it may be possible to have too many to shell…)

Nick dug manure into another section of the plot where we will plant beans, squash, and courgettes later this month. Here’s a photo of him hard at work at the end of April preparing the potato bed:

Preparing to plant potatoes

This year we’ve planted a variety of heirloom and classic potatoes: Orla, Pentland Lustre, and Beauty of Bute (all First Earlies), Charlotte and Pink Fir Apple (Second Earlies), King Edward and Desiree (Main Crop). This eclectic selection will offer us potatoes in different colors and shapes harvested from late June through to October. Some are best for mashing, some for salads, some for roasting. And the tiny, thin-skinned new ones should be very good with peas.

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2 thoughts on “Up from the gutter

  1. How I love reading these allotment posts! Will vicariously enjoy your peas as they come along. There seems to be a large stretch of grass behind Nick’s potato bed–?? I’m nurturing a large number of herb seedlings, enough to spice up an army’s meals later in the season. Hope a few family members show up to help eat them.

  2. I’m so pleased you are enjoying our blog experiment, Dia. If we keep up with it I hope it can become a digital family scrapbook of sorts (especially since my efforts to get the girls to create physical scrapbooks has not come to much over the years). Thank you for replying to the posts – it’s wonderful to read your comments and it makes the whole process more tangibly interactive. I can see how this can become addictive!
    In response to your question, the vast lawn you see behind Nick is not part of our plot, it is a separate allotment that has been taken over by people with plots next to ours. They are keeping it mowed to suppress the weeds until they get around to cultivating it.

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