Summer routine

I’m getting back into my routine – wake up early, make coffee, shove on the worst of my wardrobe for allotmenteering in and slap factor 30 on any exposed skin. Spend 5 minutes looking for keys & cap and I’m off to the plot.

Despite their absolute neglect for a couple of weeks, what I have planted is roaring away. Every visit ends with me picking/eating a punnet or two of raspberries – huge, juicy berries that are wonderfully early this year. Definitely one of the things I most enjoy growing!

My distractions (Hampton Court, horses, the RDA sensory track – about which there will be a post when I can get my thoughts in order) mean that the weeds are also full steam ahead, and that lots of my growing plan has fallen away. I have leeks, but that is it for winter veg. I will miss brassicas – PSB, swede, turnips and kale are things I’ve come to look forward to. I might chance a few seeds, but perhaps it’s no bad thing to have a bit of time off from the plots, and to be able to ready the beds thoroughly for spring.

Rather than going through everything piece by piece, I’ve made 2 short videos. Apologies for the sniffing in the first – it was very early, and surprisingly cold!


8 replies

  1. Hi Beryl

    I miss your posts. Have I dropped off your circulation list or are you too busy to write anything?

    Look forward to hearing more about your allotment activities soon.

    If you want to see our woes, look on Tommy’s Field Allotments.

    Kind regards



    • Hi Doreen,
      That’s very kind of you – thank you! You haven’t dropped off any list, I have been a bit preoccupied with a poorly horse, plus 2 new ones who have arrived at the RDA. Hopefully I’ll be posting a little more regularly from now on.

      I am sorry to read of the development proposed on Tommy’s Field Allotments – it seems they are ripe for attacking at the moment and statutory protection doesn’t seem to mean very much.
      All best


  2. It’s always a good day when your blog appears in my inbox – especially when it’s dark, cold and wet as it was yesterday! Summer!!! I’m amazed at the size of your plots – but they do look lovely. I was thinking of growing a medlar …

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    • That’s a lovely comment to read after a trying day, thank you! All my medlars have fallen off the new tree, so I guess I’ll taste them late next year!


    • Thank you! 🙂 Not many of each, and foxes are a constant annoyance – the pests dug up all the skirret & salsify…


  3. Hi Beryl, what a huge variety of species you have on your plots. Makes mine look quite boring. It’s not the picking I don’t like but the dealing with it after. Hampton sounds a wonderful experience, I too would have been ‘skip diving’ lol


    • Thanks Linda! I have a finely honed seed addiction, though there’s absolutely nothing wrong with standard varieties. They’re popular for a reason! 😀