The allotment diary. What happens when, what works, what doesn't on plot 18 of Swanland allotments.
Wednesday, 20 July 2011
When we first took over plot 18 we planted a few small trees around the edges. Some were hazel trees and I thought that maybe we would see a few hazel nuts in many years to come. Well just four years on we do indeed have hazel nuts on one of our trees. I tried to pollinate some of the female flowers with a catkin from another tree and it seems to have worked. Now I need to work out when the nuts will be ripe, and hope the local squirrels don't find them. Six hazel nuts will not make a feast - maybe more next year.
We also took the last of our gooseberries yesterday along with five courgettes and our first carrot - another little success. There were a good take of mange touts and sweet peas too.