A colourful rainbow of allotment fruit and veg are being devoured at the moment. Beetroot, lettuce, lemon cucumbers, sweetcorn, and the first cherry tomatoes, along with stocks of potatoes, onions and garlic. The courgettes are still hanging in there, despite a touch of mildew. Now that I’ve freed them of their marrows they’re starting to produce babies again. There are lots of raspberries to be picked and the first blackberries are ready now too. The plums and apples are almost there, the main crop onions have been lifted and we might dig a few main crop potatoes up soon. The dwarf beans are already drying on the plants, although they might not be so dry in all this rain. The savoy cabbages are fat and ready to be used and I’m not sure the brussels sprouts will hang around till Christmas. I haven’t yet dared to lift the few carrots we have, and it seems too early yet for parsnips even though they’re tall and lush with growth. That just leaves the leeks, the only crop still in it’s infancy. Phew!
The only downside at the moment is blight on my Italian cooking tomatoes, I’m gutted, I may have to give up trying to grow them on the plot. The cherry ones that are growing on a different patch seem to be unaffected, at the moment anyway.
I know my mind is racing ahead, but I’m now thinking autumnal – storing and preserving, digging and filling a compost trench, stripping the beds, getting the garlic and onions in for next year. But there’s time yet for all of that.
For now, I’m just enjoying the bounty of the harvest!