Well, that little lie-down lasted a bit longer than planned!  Although I fell off the blog wagon for 6 months, I’m back on with a commitment to post at least once per month.

Things are happening at the plot and none of it is good.  The Duke of Northumberland owns the land and guess what? yep, wants to build flats on it.  I’ll devote a whole post to the saga soon, but for now here’s a quick hop and skip through summer, autumn and winter on Plot 34.

Sad tale of two green bottles

My spring sown broad beans were the target for every black fly in west London this year and so I reached into the shed for the green bottle of soap spray and as you can see in the before and after shots, it worked a treat.  Totally clear in 5 days, best ever treatment.  Go liquid soap!

A black fly feast
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Clear after the soap









So what’s to be sad about? Well, the problem was that there are two green bottles on the shelf in the shed.  One is liquid soap and the other is the evil glyphosate to manage the really evil bindweed.  Guess which one I applied to the broad beans?  Guess who didn’t have any broad beans to harvest this year? Yep, just brown twigs in the ground.  The bottles are now on different shelves…

Roses – A success story

This story has a happy ending.  I know I’ve been going on about my roses but the harvest this year was truly magnificent.  The house was awash with musky scent all summer.

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Chandos Beauty roses and me with short hair
Chris Beardshaw rose










A round swede

Just the one from a 10 foot row, but it’s progress.  I think more attention to thinning out and watering, as well as rich soil and I’ll be in swede heaven!  in the meantime, there’s always Tescos.  There must be allotmenteers out there who grow swedes successfully – what’s your recipe for success?

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But this is definately a round swede
This is how most of them looked

Happy harvests

Although my motivation wanned during the summer and autumn (a planned eviction, and discovering your new landlord is Stalin’s cousin can do that) it didn’t affect the crops who kept on growing, just waiting for me to come and harvest them.  I think a failed harvest might have been the last straw.  The allotment gods have been smiling on me and it was a delight to visit the plot once a week to find that there were always several things to take home.

Mixed carrots: James Scarlett, Nantes, Chantenay and Autumn King
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Little Gem Lettuce in October.  They are still going in December


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A big bag of Cavalo Nero kale and Calabrese side shoots that have been producing since September
Best brussels ever! These are Trafalgar and there were enough for Christmas lunch











Sunflower hedge and other flowers

Remember the planned hedge?  The sunflower seedlings looked a bit sorry for themselves when I planted them out mid June but what a difference 6 weeks makes.

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Starting to perk up
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They perked beautifully









An allotment essential
A welcome sight in November










That was 2015.  The allotment carried on in spite of the threat to its future; I suppose there is a life lesson in there.  Something along the lines of living for now rather than worrying about what might be in the future.  On that note, my best wishes to fellow bloggers, followers and readers for a fabulous 2016.