Harvest Abundance

August is when the fun starts at the allotment and the plot pays back for all that planning, sowing, digging and weeding with a vengeance. We have been harvesting plenty every week both in the greenhouse and outside.

Allotment in August 1

We even managed a glut of cougettes – note to planning committee: may be sow less next year – and the raspberries are having a ‘second wind’ as the autumn varieties are taking off. At the other end of the plot the flower seed harvest is in full swing as well and the various parts of the calendula are laid out for drying.

All of this is bringing home to us how much we have lost touch with the natural seasons due to the year-round availability of fruit and veg in the shops. It is a real pleasure to watch the plants grow and ripen and then enjoy the taste of the fresh produce. And then get creative to try out new recipes to avoid wasting any of it. Have you tried courgette cake? Or kale and beetroot crisps? Or raspberry gin? And then there are the jams and chutney opportunities….!

September is set to bring another bounty of vegetables and of course the squashes and pumpkins will be starting their race in the ‘Best so Far’ competition. So watch this space!

And if you would like to come and have a look and a natter, the allotment is at 41A Cricket Pitch View at the Stevens Street Allotments (off Logan Street) – right at the end of the main drive down. Look out for Emiline, our scarescrow and mascot. As long as the weather is dry(ish) we are there every Monday from 11am.

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