Down on the Allotment

Matron grows vegetables and fruit in a courtyard garden. Which edibles will tolerate less than ideal growing conditions. Discovering how veggies can grow in partial shade.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Turning Colour

I've been out every day to look at my strawberries. Today here is the first sign that they are starting to ripen. Only a couple of days now and I will be eating my first fresh strawberry.

I must get the net over them now because if I have noticed them, then you can be sure that the birds and the labradors have noticed them too!

The fine weather has brought on my lovely Royalty dwarf beans. They are fully hardened off now and planted out. Unfortunatlely the local cats have also decided that they will take advantage of the newly dug soil and have dug several of them up already and used the bed as a toilet. Grrrrrr!

I have also taken the plunge and planted out some of my Queensland Blue pumpkins. They are covered at night with a plastic cloche to keep a little of the warmth overnight. Another squash I have planted out are the Hunter Butternut squash. These have been specially bred to withstand the British climate, so they will compliment the Queensland Blue that prefer the warmer climate.

It is always worthwhile leaving some veggies to go to seed. These are some of my Oarsman Leeks which I left to flower and go to seed, alongside some brussels sprouts and broccoli. These beautiful blue Alium flowers will break open soon. The bees will love them.

Meanwhile in the greenhouse these Bishops Kiss chilli plants are enjoying the heat and the light. Very good going in the greenhouse for the heat loving plants.

These Mexican green Tomatillo plants are romping away too. I think they have doubled in size in nearly a week. You can see the benefits of these long days now!

And finally, Leo went for another swim today. I couldn't hold him back, he loves it! He even took a few jumps off the side of the pool into the water to go retrieve his toys! He just swam round and round without much encouragement. Brilliant exercise!


At 6:48 PM, Blogger Martin and Amy said...

Leo is adorable!

The veg and strawberries are looking good too! Not long til strawberry time!!

Hope the worms are ok too!

Martin :)

At 7:43 PM, Blogger ~Holly~ said...

Your strawberries will be ripe soon! Lucky you! Leo sure loves his swims!

At 8:04 PM, Blogger Captain Shagrat said...

yay thats fantastic that he loves it so much;-)

At 9:42 PM, Blogger Donna said...

I want strawberries too! Actually I have found some wild ones growing in my backyard. Your new dog seems lovely I wish my dog Poonie had somewhere to go swimming as she has gained some weight over the long winter.

At 2:04 AM, Blogger Cabbage Tree Farm said...

Hope your Queensland Blue pumpkins do well. I've decided they are best for roasting, while the Musquee du Provence I grew are better suited to soup and pies!

At 6:01 AM, Blogger Wyatt said...

We have strawberry flowers...sigh

Wyatt and Mom

At 7:30 AM, Blogger Rob said...

Your strawberries are further advanced than they are here. It looks like Leo is having loads of fun, I reckon he might need a few strawberries after all that retrieving.

At 10:10 AM, Blogger melsanford said...

Oh wow! These all look fab! So jealous - not a hint of colour on my strawberries yet. It doesn't matter how long I sit and watch them :-) Love 'n' hugs, Mel xx

At 7:08 PM, Blogger Head Gardener said...

This is why it's so good to read other gardeners' blogs. I've looking at what I planted this season, and have thought... what's missing? Something's missing! Now that I've seen your robust seedlings, I realize it's the tomatillos!

Love those oarsmen leeks of yours btw.

At 6:46 AM, Anonymous Damo said...

We'll be picking some strawbs today, the girls will enjoy that. I've also got some water cooler bottle cloches, very handy for the larger tender plants at this time of year.

At 9:22 PM, Blogger Sue@Green Lane Allotments said...

Just picked our first strawberries from our new plants - interestingly we have some on each type of plant - early, mid season, late and ever bearing! Maybe because they all grew on in the greenhouse before planting out.

At 12:58 PM, Blogger Peggy said...

We have been enjoying our first pickings of strawberries too but the slugs have got to some before us!
Leo is discovering a hidden talent to enjoy.

At 6:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your plants are coming along splendidly...strawberries soon, how exciting! And Leo coming along splendidly too, he's a true Lab, loving the water and retrieving :)


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