One thing I’ve learned since taking on my first allotment, is that no year is ever the same. We’re always trying different methods, or experimenting with new varieties.
Then there’s the weather and the pests. There are so many variables and you can never be sure what will happen.
This also makes every year a learning curve, however experienced you may be. Having grown veg in my garden rather than an allotment for the second season running, here are 5 things I’ll be doing differently next year.
Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been tucking into my first Turk’s Turban squashes.
These beautiful squashes were one of my experiments this year, having never grown them before. I grow plenty of butternuts every year, but ever since seeing this striking variety on Jamie Oliver’s Jamie at Home TV series, I’ve wanted to give them a try.
I finally got around to it, and am over the moon with the results. They genuinely are the most remarkable looking vegetable, and I’ve had both admiring and confused glances from neighbouring plotholders.
Rhubarb is one of my favourite allotment crops. When we’re slogging our way through February, those pinky crowns, gently pushing up through the soil, arrive just when you really need a little dose of hope.
By March, you’re not far from the first crops of the season, and the early and completely delicious rhubarb harvests are exhilarating, as well as a symbol of spring commencing.
So, it’s important we look after our rhubarb crowns to ensure as good a Spring crop as we can. Plants are very low maintenance, but will always respond better if given some much deserved TLC – and now is the perfect time to do just that.