At last, something is growing on the new allotment!

Well, it’s been a hectic few weeks since I took on my new allotment so I though it was time for an update! I’m happy to say that my plot is no longer a bare patch of earth, it actually has things other than weeds growing!

As it was quite late in May when I was allocated my allotment and the clearing and digging took nearly 2 weeks, I was a bit worried about getting behind with what I could plant.

When we started the hand digging, I was thinking of what I would like to plant when Brian said he has always wanted to try main crop potatoes. He always grows first earlies with usually a good level of success but space has always been a bit tight for main crops.

So, as I hadn’t had time to make any plans for planting I agreed he could put in some tubers but when we went to our local garden centre it turned out we were too late to be ablr to buy any, they had sold out of virtually everything. Luckily we popped into our local Waitrose that evening and what should we see on the shelves? Only 4 packs of Alan Titchmarsh Grow Your Own seed potatoes in a variety called ‘Sunrise’ reduced for a quick sale. The shoots were very long and spindly and they didn’t look too promising but we dug enough ground to put them in as soon as possible, all in one long row.

This is how they are looking just 24 days on…I think they are doing very well all things considered!

As it was quite late in May when I was allocated my allotment and the clearing and digging took nearly 2 weeks, I was a bit worried about getting behind with what I could plant.

When we started the hand digging, I was thinking of what I would like to plant when Brian said he has always wanted to try main crop potatoes. He always grows first earlies with usually a good level of success but space has always been a bit tight for main crops.

So, as I hadn’t had time to make any plans for planting I agreed he could put in some tubers but when we went to our local garden centre it turned out we were too late to be able to buy any, they had sold out of virtually everything!

Luckily we popped into our local Waitrose that evening and what should we see on the shelves? Only 4 packs of Alan Titchmarsh Grow Your Own seed potatoes in a variety called ‘Sunrise’ reduced for a quick sale…it seemed like fate! The shoots were very long and spindly and they didn’t look too promising but we dug enough ground to put them in as soon as possible, all in one long row.

This is how they are looking just 24 days on…I think they are doing very well all things considered! 

From an unpromising start 'Sunrise' seems to be doing well!
From an unpromising start ‘Sunrise’ seems to be doing well!

 

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