It has been a sensationally good year on the allotment. I think in part, the success of the crops may be a result of buying seed from a different supplier. Up until this year, I have always relied on Suttons for all my veg seeds, but I have often been disappointed by poor germination rates, and ultimately by poor plants. This year, I bought Thompson and Morgan seed. Has that made such a difference? Who can say? This year could just be a 'special' year. We will have to grow Thompson and Morgan seed for a few more years to be able to make any claim that one is better than the other.
The weather here in the spring of 2020 was mild, often sunny and mostly dry. There were no late frosts. Summer has been quite wet. We have had a couple of 60mph storms, but the allotment is reasonably well protected from the wind.
Due to the coronavirus lockdown, I had more time than in previous years to lavish on careful tending of the soil, the growing plants, and the weeding.
The results... well ! The photos below tell the tale - and yes, I am sorry the grass paths on the allotment need a trim. I'll get onto that tomorrow...
The kale is just amazing, and really yummy.
On the left are the brussels sprouts
- coming on nicely and will be ready for picking in a month or so.
The harvest from one row of potatoes...
On the right are the next ones to be harvested - four more rows...
The runner beans are by far the best I have ever grown at Roskhill, and possibly the best ever!
Do you remember my excitement when the carrot seeds germinated...???
Look at them now...!!!
The onion crop, hung out to dry.
The potatoes await being stored in hessian sacks.