Having enjoyed a long break visiting family in Milwaukee in the American mid-west, I returned and on Sunday morning went down to the allotments. Bumping into friends and chatting took allot of time but, after sharing coffee and cake at the café, I finally got onto the plot.
I started by unloading several bags of garden refuse for the compost heap. Before loading then onto the heap I used my aerating spike, standing on top of the heap boring holes down into the heap to let air in.
That done I ventured onto the plot to check what needed doing. I was pleasantly surprised at how much my neighbour had done to keep the plot tidy. Onions and garlic gathered in and taken back home to store; the beans had been harvested and some potatoes lifted.
I picked a load of lovely tender beans then checked the squashes and courgettes. I collected several large courgettes, 'courgarrows' I call them, and lifted some second early potatoes, Kestrel. The first earlies had all been lifted and presumably eaten as a reward for looking after things. I hope they tasted good! I then pulled some weeds that threatened to set seed and discovered that the carrots were well developed so pulled a few. Then I entered my brassica tunnel. After pulling up the largest weeds I pulled up several overblown cabbages and one good one, though the outer leaves were a mess. Having cut off all the waste I had one large white cabbage and bits of two more to take home.
Happy that there was nothing urgent left to do, I went home to have a restful afternoon to get over my jet-lag.