The long hot spell finally broke and we’re back to typically British summer weather – warm and intermittently wet.
The allotments are bursting with produce at this time of year and we’re often having meals where all but the meat/fish/alternative component comes from our plot – very satisfying!
Our allotments have even won the best allotments in the local Moreton Show (not my one in particular but the site).
Things that we’re picking and eating at the moment include: sweetcorn, courgettes, cucumber, tomatoes, raspberries, blackberries (which have ripened much earlier than in cooler years), Chinese gooseberries, carrots, Swiss chard, beetroot, leeks, potatoes, runner beans, French beans, and a few late season strawberries.
We’ve just picked what looks like it will be the last lot of rhubarb, and we left the artichokes this year for the bees.
As well as all the picking at eating there has been lots of tidying needed – hoeing and weeding, cutting back the strawberry runners, mixing up the compost bins, cutting back the raspberry canes that are over.