Allotment bounty

Yesterday we harvested from the allotment. We knew that after two days of rain the runner beans would have gone mad.

Today’s allotment harvest

True enough there was a huge amount of runner beans. Our two sharers of the allotment didn’t want any runner beans as they had already picked loads a few days earlier.

We actually have enough runner beans from our garden veg plot to supply all that we can eat without freezing them. However we have been giving allotment runner beans to all our neighbours and our next door neighbour said that her mum would like some too.

With that in mind we picked all the beans that were ready as otherwise they would get too big and then are not as nice. We will give these away and leave our two sharers to take the next ones.

There is plenty of black kale and rainbow chard from the seeds I had for my birthday. The chooks love the chard and as I give them daily greens it is saving me from buying spinach for them.

There are courgettes, cucumber and gherkins. The raspberries have slowed down now but I picked what there was. The carrots were just to thin them out and although tiny they were just what I wanted to add crunch to last night’s salad.

The broad beans were the first to be ready and the potatoes were the first we have dug up to see how they are coming along. There are lots of big tomatoes but none are ripe yet but these tiny yellow tomatoes were falling from the plants.

We took one lettuce but on opening it up it was full of bugs so the chooks will get that too.

Overall we are really pleased with how well everything is doing but we are getting way too many runner beans! We had intended to only plant one row this year, but T couldn’t resist planting a second row, as the beans were free as we harvested them from last year’s plants.

There is also broccoli and cabbages, onions and garlic, carrots and parsnips, beetroot and artichokes and sweetcorn so plenty more to come. T has also planted pumpkins to see if he can grow a giant and we have a wildflower bed and sunflowers. In future years we will also have asparagus when the plants mature.

Plenty of produce for all of us and the neighbours too.

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6 Responses to Allotment bounty

  1. marion says:

    How lovely, to be able to go and pick all thoes goodies. makes all the hard work worth it.
    And such a variety. I am now selling beans.Hope it is not too hot tomorrow, as it spoils the beans, at the moment they are doing great.You must be saving quite a bit, not having to buy your veg.

    • Carol says:

      I don’t need to buy any veg which is great. We are spreading the beans around the neighbours. The variety is lovely but as always the beans are coming thick and fast and we all need to keep picking them.

  2. david says:

    Lovely-looking produce, especially the runner beans.

    • Carol says:

      The produce is great but as usual the beans are a bit overwhelming. We need to all keep picking them and spread them around the neighbours. The next day there were as many again but we got D to pick them and he found some huge ones that I had missed even though I thought I had been thorough.

  3. Jenn says:

    Lovely! I wasn’t sure what was in the picture below the carrots. Are those broad beans? My chickens like the last of the lettuce when it starts to go to seed. -Jenn

    • Carol says:

      Yes, it is the first of the broad beans, below the tiny carrots. The great thing about the chickens is they get anything that goes to seed. At different times of the year they get broccoli stalks and later brussel sprout stalks and at the moment the chard we can’t use quick enough. It’s win win.

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