Come next Sunday at 1pm with a dish made from allotment produce or from whatever is in season. My courgettes and patty pan squashes are coming into their own now. There’s not the usual glut (see below) but I’m hoping for enough to turn into a soup, if it’s raining, or something more exciting if the sun’s out.
To carry on or not?
It’s been a difficult year; first drought and cold, then too much rain and precious little warmth. Some crops have done well despite everything; others could have prospered if the snails and slugs had let them.
It has needed the strongest motivation to keep going and those who have kept their plots even half-productive all deserve gold medals. But the cold and wet have, maybe, put many people off coming to the allotment so perhaps it’s not surprising that several plots have become overgrown. That’s particularly sad if the plot holder is a new grower; it hasn’t been the best year to start growing your own vegetables. We can’t foretell next year, just that it’ll be different. So, if you’ve felt abandoned by your plot and the weather this year, a new growing season always brings the possibility that things will be better. We hope you’ll come back, clear your plot and continue. It’s not even too late for this season. There are salad crops, French bean and spring cabbage plants ready to go out. They’ll be put on the benches outside the polytunnel on Sunday. And, in a month or two, when the weeds have died down and the ground is easier to clear and dig, next year’s garlic, onion sets and broad bean seeds can go in.
Planning for next year
We’re beginning to plan for next year and so it would be helpful for us to know if you intend to give up your plot, by emailing us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have had a successful year and would like to take on a further plot, and if one is available, that would also be useful for us to know. Early next month we will be sending out reminders for plot fees that are due by the end of September.