A visit to the allotment with my brother David

My brother David is over from the UK and I took him with me to the allotment this morning. He bought his camera along and snapped away.

My first sweet potato of the season. It’s a beauty. (We had it with dinner this evening, roasted in the oven.)

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Then I picked a lovely fresh cos lettuce. Time for David to get out his zoom lens (the old show-off)

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Then we took our morning’s pickings over to the communal sink and he took this shot of the harvest – a bucket full of sweet potato, cos lettuce and a few rocket leaves. The little white choko is from the share table, it had been abandoned and needed a good home.

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Finally David captured this lovely shot of a flower on my allotment which I planted there to encourage the good insects and bees.

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Happy gardening.

Healthy Veggies

Good morning from Brisbane. I cannot believe that it has been ten days since the last time I blogged.  This doesn’t mean that I havn’t been to the allotment. Far from it. There is plenty happening over there during this wonderful growing season.

I have made a lot of effort to improve the soil with compost made at the farm, and farmyard manure. Here is the result. Beautiful healthy vegetables, a joy to harvest, and wonderful eating.

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I’m just taking another look at this pic – what am I doing with a clean thumb nail? – I must just have arrived at the allotment.

Mint grown in a pot sunk into the ground

I love this common mint. It’s not common to me, it’s vigorous enough to take over the suburb if it wasn’t restrained in a pot. Brian at the farm helped me remove the bottom of the largest plastic plant pot I could find.  I dug a big hole and buried the pot leaving about 7 centimetres sticking out of the ground. It was then ready to take the mint runner. This was months ago, and it has really worked. The roots are restrained and I just snip around the edge of the pot if the mint threatens to invade the rest of my allotment.

Young Cos lettuce

Lovely healthy Cos lettuce, I just harvest outer leaves which gives me a much longer growing season.

And because I love flowers too, here is a blossom on one of the bushes growing at the farm. Sorry I am not sure what it is. But it is covered with these yellow flowers and it looks wonderful.

Yellow blossom at the farm

And this is the bush it’s growing on.

Pretty yellow bush near my allotment

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