Mid June~ On the Plot.

Here we are in mid June, and we have been busy. While we have had some odd heavy showers here and there, the allotments have needed watering most every day..

We do this from the water tanks that are dotted about every One hundred yards or so.. Thankfully our water cistern is only around twenty good steps from the top of our plot… But when you are carrying two 2litre watering cans back and fourth, which someone told me the other day is roughly about 40lbs in weight in total… Who needs a Gym to work out your arm muscles πŸ™‚

The weather here has been warm and yesterday it reached up into the 30c… too warm for me.. Then today it plummeted down to 14c… with forecasts for thunderstorms this afternoon… I hope we do get some rain… It will certainly take a little of the heavy watering back and forth pressure off for a little while..

From left to right Beetroot Chard Red and green Lettuce Peas Potatoes

Its been ideal growing weather for Lettuce and the neighbours and family have been well pleased with what we have given away.. I spent an hour weeding out the row of Spring Onions, Space is always well used and here you see We planted between the cloches

Spring Onions- Before weeding and After weeding If you click onto the pointer in the image you can slide across.

If you zoom into left hand section, you will see the weeds, while we throw those into the compost bins if they haven’t got seeds formed… The are also edible! ... But make sure you identify anything you eat first to be sure.

We get hundreds and thousands of these weeds growing each season, the seeds get churned up every year from digging and hoeing etc. The weeds you see above go by several names as either lambs-quaters weed, or White Goosefoot. Also know as Wild spinach. A link here for a close image and more information including vitamin value.. If you do not pull up these when small like this, they can grow quite high and then turn to seed.

So many of our so called weeds, can be edible and I will touch upon some in a future posts… In the mean time I will just leave you with a gallery of what is growing. If you click onto individual images they should enlarge.

We are delighted that more and more people are taking an interest in growing their own food. And this is the first year in a long while that most of the vacant plots are taken. It requires hard work and people can soon get discouraged as they think they can dig a piece, plant it and leave it… Only to come back and find it covered in weeds again and if they have not covered their tender shoots that the pigeons have eaten the lot…

I have I think a little mouse that visits our strawberries, I saw the tiny hole in the ground beside the wooden frame… and Although netted I saw little teeth nibbles on the ripe strawberries.. You have to be prepared to Give and Take to mother nature and I dare say as food prices soar we usually get a few two legged human species helping themselves too and I feel this year we will see more of that happening.. Its unfortunate, as I would sooner give away than people take… But we grow more than enough for our needs, and we always give our surplus away to family and neighbours . But what ever, we hope they enjoyed what they take, they obviously were in need.

Hope you are all enjoying your gardens whether it be growing veggies or just sitting enjoying your lawn and flowerbeds.

Happy Gardening!

What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered.” 

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

40 thoughts on “Mid June~ On the Plot.

  1. Beautiful work as per usual. For 6 years since my partner’s death I didn’t have the urge to garden until this year. Although i won’t plant where I am living now due to the property covered in bindweed. If all goes to plan hopefully I will be gardening in the not too far future. I’m envious of the work you put in your plot and yes ask and you shall receive steal and you suffer the consequences on an electromagnetic and electrical field. What goes around comes around. Great work from you and Bernard. i hope you are both well my friends and that you are having an excellent end of the weekend ❀ Joseph

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    • Thank you dear Joseph… We are, and a rest day tomorrow as Fathers Day.. πŸ™‚ I know you appreciate what goes into a large veggie plot… And yes what goes around comes around… Which is why we are always mindful πŸ™‚
      Sending hugs your way… πŸ™‚ πŸ’š

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  2. Hi Sue! Your plot is really coming along, looking very full and plump! I would love to be one of your neighbors! Do they know how lucky they are? All the work you both put into growing these lovely veggies and fruit – it’s no wonder they look as good as they do! Hope you get enough rain today. We had spurts here, but wouldn’t have been enough for a garden. Carrying all that water gets heavy – and yes, who needs the gym when you are knee deep in mother earth!! Thanks for sharing your wisdom!! love, Donna

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    • Thank you Donna… A couple of my neighbours know how lucky they are.. LOL… In fact one neighbour when we asked did she want a lettuce this weekend.. Said she had been dreaming about our lettuce … We kept her supplied last year LOL… Tomatoes too… But its all good exchange… Her hubby donated a load of wood for hubby to use on the plot… My other neighbour too donated some pots for garden he no longer wanted.. and my other neighbour lends me books as we swap reading material..
      Its the way to go forward in community… Look after each other….
      We got some rain Donna But not a great amount…. Hope more falls during the night..
      And Thank YOU…. Enjoy your Sunday πŸ™‚

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  3. Hi Sue, I always enjoy your gardening posts and admire your tenacity. With the price of food now, I’m not surprised to hear more people are trying to grow their own food. The thieving would annoy me, I’m afraid. People should ask, or turn their hand to growing their own. It is never right to just take from others.

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  4. Ah, so I am a weed Sue? 🀣 This all looks so lovingly grown dear lady, green as far as they eye can see. I miss all my gardens, it is very difficult with a balcony that either faces the burning summer sun or freezing cold winter winds. Mind you, I do have two nice plants inside, one I can’t kill even if I tried and the other a gift that gives a single stalk occasionally with a lovely white flower and a center cone of yellow seeds that lasts for a few weeks (in case you haven’t guessed, I haven’t got a clue…I think it’s a lilly) πŸ˜€. But dear lady, it is lots of work but I would think very appreciated in its gifts returned. Thank you for sharing, love shown is a love returned indeed, thank you πŸ˜€ ❀️ πŸ™πŸ½ πŸ¦‹

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      • Thank you kind lady, your lovely reply and link got me going so I went looking for my little green sentient’s name…and I have to laugh…and understand…she is a Peace Lilly. She was given to me by that beautiful princess in my life 10 years ago, and she has looked after me ever since. She even speaks to me…not literally, but a sudden nudge to water her or check if she come too close to direct light as the seasons go by. I’ve never re-potted her and she is getting a little crowded in there so all this attention now must mean a change of attire for her and maybe a little trim to make her feel good. Thank you my friend, your loving green fingers spread far and wide to even ‘down under’, thank you very much πŸ˜€ ❀️ πŸ™πŸ½ πŸ¦‹

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        • Im sorry only just spotted several replies that I didn’t see Mark on both blogs… I smiled at your peace Lily and the nudge to water… I get it…. And my orchids that had finished flowering I have several.. I put in my spare bedroom window.. They can stand a little neglect.. They cried out to me the other day too… ” Water… Me…. ” πŸ™‚ and once one started those on the landing cried out too.. along with those in the hall… πŸ™‚ The unusual High temps here, making them thirsty.. πŸ™‚ I talk to my plants all the time.. LOL… Well, shusssh… I could just be talking to myself half the time… But at least they listen.. and If I listen really carefully Mark… I sometimes get an answer back πŸ˜€
          Wishing you a good weekend my friend. ❀

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          • They did an experiment Sue where they had plants in two rooms. Both were given the same water and fertilizer etc. One was abused yelled at and just given a hard time and the other was given much love and care. Guess which one very obviously grew like a trooper and which one didn’t. They know and feel and talk…if we but listen. Have a great weekend dear lady. And enjoy your company…and hubby too πŸ˜‚ 🀣 ❀️ πŸ™πŸ½ πŸ¦‹

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            • Oh yes…. I have seen similar experiments and they do have a consciousness and react to kindness.. πŸ™‚
              When you consider Dr Emoto and his frozen water experiments to words, etc thoughts directed into water… And how it can alter the structure of the water.. And we along with plants are made up of water.. Then no wonder our health and wellness are affected in abusive relationships etc…
              Many thanks dear Mark… you too have a great weekend.. ❀

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  5. It has been a very strange spring here, with farmers losing entire crops due to the very cool, very wet months. Our backyard garden is practically non-existent, little sprouts waiting for sunshine and warmth. Such is life, my friend. I hope you are having much better results than we are, and from your pictures it definitely looks like you are.

    Sending best wishes your way, now and forever.

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    • Thank you Bill, sorry to hear your weather has been so awful this Spring… We get some good and bad years… So far we seem to be doing very well and are well in advance of Last year this time.. As we had a mild Spring..
      Thank you so very much Bill…. Hope those little sprouts soon spring into full life…
      Much love your way.. πŸ™‚

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  6. Beautiful. Those greens sure love your climate! Getting more of our greenhouse completed every day. Late to start planting, but hoping to plant all winter, at least bitter greens. We shall see.

    Enjoy the harvest! And hope you get more rain soon! Our monsoons are here early. Thank the goddess, as these forest fires need extinguishing. Climate change is now. πŸͺ΄πŸŒŽπŸ’“

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  7. I love seeing your abundance here, Sue and how you grow to share with others. Lots of work and we’re sending energy to you both. Here’s wishing for a bit of rain. Much love flowing to you both, always.<3 xxx ❀

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    • Argh thank you Jane… Much appreciate that energy…. This heat really got to me this week.. We are just not used to it.. LOL… Not complaining… I love Sunny weather, to sit in and read.. But pulling weeds and watering! LoL..
      We got around the heat last few days, with getting up extra early was on the plot at 6 am…. before it got too warm.. πŸ˜€ ..
      Much love Jane and thank YOU ❀

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