Rain at last!

We planted potatoes as they help to break up the soil

 

 

After weeks of hacking away at the rock hard soil on the new plot we had lots of the rain and were able to dig properly.

 

Soil on plot 419 ready for planting
Strawberry runners saved from last year

 

Planting tomatoes on the old plot
Making a border of stones to remind us not to step on the new beds
Plums
Pears
Shallots appearing

 

Weeding

 

Runner beans and squash
Clearing the paths
We netted the cherry tree, we don’t want to please the birds that much!

We also sowed sunflowers and nasturtiums to add some colour and please the bees and birds.

May on the plots

The raw ingredients for compost
The finished product

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Butternut squash ready for planting

We’ve been very busy tidying up the plots ready for May inspections, getting beds ready for planting, making compost to improve the soil and watering everything as it’s been so dry.

 

We’re growing squash and beans together in the new raised bed.

 

 

Watering the squash.
Purple sprouting broccoli
More compost!

 

November – check for hedgehogs before lighting bonfires!

This little hedgehog turned up on our plot today.  We gave it some food and milk and it was very hungry.  A neighbour made a nest for it in her shed and will check it every day.  Hedgehogs hibernate under piles of wood and leaves, so it was probably getting ready for bed in the bonfire pile on our new plot.  Luckily we used our incinerator and sorted the wood out before we burnt it!

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Bagging up leaves to rot down for compost.

 

 

 

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Loads of muck!

 

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Manuring the beds
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More digging and weeding
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The first bonfire on our new plot next door
Digging out the compost on our new plot
We have a big, new compost heap to use.
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Beetroot
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Quince jelly from our tree.

Harvest time

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Spinach
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Runner beans

Here are some of this year’s crops.

We also had a good harvest of potatoes, cabbage and curly kale.

Winter crops like Mizuna and Red mustard have been planted.

Loganberries and raspberries were plentiful and really delicious, and we also picked strawberries, gooseberries and currants.

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Tomatoes
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Shallots

 

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Bramley cooking apple
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Quince

The trees donated by the Open Orchard project are thriving and some have fruited in their first year.  We made Quince jelly.

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Gardeners enjoying the Rosendale Allotment barbeque with Rathbone workers cooking up a storm
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The secret of growing plants is giving them plenty to drink!

Summertime makes us feel fine!

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It all starts here!
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Borage, a beautiful flower you can eat.
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A Rathbone gardener’s entry to Lambeth Country Show
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Digging a hole for the grape vine, weeding and cutting the grass
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Rathbone flowers at the Lambeth Country show
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1 person working, the rest waiting for the bbq!
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There are potatoes in there!
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Delicious loganberries

 

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Maybe our new shed?
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And a greenhouse!
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Meanwhile we keep on weeding
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Nasturtium and tomato
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French beans
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Seaweed solution to feed the plants
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Winding the red string, a very important part of gardening!

A very damp June

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Not much watering required this month!
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Planting some more squash in the 3 sisters bed
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Clearing a flat space for the seating area

 

 

 

 

 

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Planting tomatoes
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Weeding around the fruit trees
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A visitor to the curly kale

 

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The weather forecast was rain so we took a trip to the National Gallery
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We went to see the exhibition of Dutch flower paintings