Allotment Journal: Weekly Update

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This picture pretty much sums up the past week or so! The weather pattern has certainly changed. Storm clouds have rolled in and have kept the plots well watered. 

There hasn’t been too much to do, it’s just a matter of waiting for the crops to mature so we can harvest them. 

I have started to save seeds. I have removed all the old Champion of England pea plants but retained the dried out pea pods. I shall use these seeds for next years crop. I store the seeds in paper bags in a dark, cool place. Make sure the seeds are completely dry before storing them.

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I have started to cut some of the lavender

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Here it is in full bloom from earlier in the season. We’ve enjoyed a blaze of colour for a few months but now is the time to cut the stems that are no longer in flower. I remove all the seed pods, they remain incredibly fragrant, especially Hidcote and Munstead. I store these in airtight Kilner jars,  in a cool dark place. The lavender can be used for cooking, putting in lavender bags or even pop a few in the bath for a lovely relaxing soak. 

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The grapes are doing rather well… they continue to swell

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We may have enough for a thimble full of wine! 

I have harvested the shiniest onions I have ever seen. These are Red Baron onions grown from seed. They’re not very large but they are perfectly formed! Really rather proud of them and they taste great.

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The runner beans continue to produce beans at quite a pace

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Far too many to eat so I wash them, slice them and place them straight in the freezer. I cook them from frozen and they taste incredible. 

And finally 

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The wasps seem to enjoy feeding from area where the sweet corn cobs have been removed.. Swift 1 is a super sweet variety and word appears to be out!

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A Speckled Wood butterfly

And the Peacock orchids are finally in flower. Beautiful!

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