2018! A transition year?

Last weekend was really nice and warm (25 Celsius!) so I decided to do a bit of clean up of the allotment. As I had done a decent job back in October, the place was actually in acceptable shape so I only had to invest 4 hours to get the job done βœ….

This year is going to be a tough one. We have a new member in the family and he is just 4 months old, so I won’t be spending too much time at be allotment.

I will then focus on low maintenance plants like edamame and pumpkins which will cover most of the surface, prevent unwanted weed, and just require watering!

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June was on fire πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯Β 

June was hot as hell πŸ‘Ή! We had daily temperatures of more than 30 degrees Celsius and no rain for several weeks. 

This means that I had to water my plants every single day. Also all the Japanese cucumbers πŸ₯’ that I just planted have died beacause of the heat 😭!

Nevertheless, most of the stuff is growing well due to the wonderful weather and I am looking forward to a great harvest in September.

Pumpkins πŸŽƒ, tomatoes πŸ…, Korean lettuces πŸ₯—, Japanese corn 🌽, Japanese kokabu, and my white grapes, are all in great shape πŸ’ͺπŸ‘! 

Pimientos de padron, golden creek, kabocha

  

A few additions to this year’s plan: 

  1. Pimientos de padron: last year we planted them for the first time and had excellent results. They grow well in a shelter and are really delicious (just put them in a pan, add olive oil and salt, done 😌)
  2. Golden creek pimientos: this a different kind of pimientos, the seeds’ label says they should be less hot than padron… 
  3. Kabocha: I don’t know the exact name of the one we grow… But it’s a small Japanese pumpkin, similar to Hokkaido, dark green in the outside and orange inside. It’s sweet and perfect for soups and tempura