Digging for victory since 2006!


1940s planting leaflet sold and scarce button badges sold

AUGUST 2017
the annual picnic was great, despite K disturbing wasp's nest in the bottom of compost bin,
and after multiple stings is on antibiotics!

JUNE 2017


and thankyou Joana for organic Italian straw which now surrounds our primeval rhubarb...


December 2016


Our olive trees are thriving - Kent is the New Tuscany dontcha know?
The colours here have NOT been tweeked at all. (small original olive plant bought from Folkestone market can be seen up the page)

October 2016 - ready for hibernation...


our produce August 2016



Summer Plot Party August 7 2016 - thankyou once again to Ann & Laurence


alllotment pals!

Our allotment association has a website too - see here

www.rennart.co.uk

Archive of photos from our beginnings.....

and this is the allotment in 2006







autumn 2007 ready to start again....

+ some exciting produce.





Paul keeps saying that 'Kent is the new Tuscany'!

this is an olive tree by the way.

disaster strikes March 10th 2008 - the shed crumples

don't worry by Easter we shall be up and running again....



here it is as good as new, thanks to Colin and Dave who lent Paul a hand.


another new year and lots to do......


lovely apple blossom this year



June 2008 - mostly flowers so far




It is now mid August 2008 and this year we have had a glut of courgettes

- best recipe so far is sliced in chilli tempura batter!

meanwhile, here are some mystery beans - they started off as dwarf beans

but we left them as they were a bit stringy and this is what popped out.

I think they are a sort of 'borlotti' bean and so will try them cooked up.



 

April 2009

a whole new season begins...

allotmentapril2009

The Leviathan arrives...

July 2009

allotment july 2009 leviathan allotment produce july 2009

It measures 22"/53cms. long and weighs in at 4.195kg.

This started as a courgette but we were away for a few days and came back to this!

 

allotment apples july 2009

the forget-me-nots have died down now and have made way for the lavender.

we have two apple trees, one is a bramley and one is an eating apple - cannot remember what!

there is also an ancient quince tree near the stream.

We are keen to get some beehives on the allotments (January - one has appeared)

August 2009...

onions have been spectacular

I am learning to string them up...

allotment onions

JANUARY 2010

just visited plot since the harsh snowy winter - all seems fine!

Broad beans planted in November have sprouted and should be more resistent to pests - hmm.

Just pruned apple trees- some useful videos on the web to show how to do it!

bramley apple tree

 

March 2010

looking forward to Paul's Easter hols so we can start digging.

Here is a link to IWM clip - it is potato planting season!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRDFB238MKE

 

Easter Monday - ready for rotovating, but ground still pretty wet.

rosie at the allotment

Here's Rosie who comes with her owner to the allotment.

She is waiting for me to throw her toy,

and only steps on the paths between plots!

pansies anenomes

this pot of pansies has been flowering all through the winter and still going...

anenomes

apple blossom

april 2010 - apple blossom looking good.

the only casualties of the ice and snow earlier this year has been the mimosa ( of course it comes from the Med!)

and maybe the buddleia. Rhubarb is excellent.

June 2010

everything bursting out now - some photos soon....

a querie - loads of tough looking ladybirds are congregating on the shoots and buds of the apple trees,

and leaves are curling in disgust. Not sure what to do, as I previously thought ladybirds were a good thing.

Just been told by seasoned gardener friend that these 7-spot ladybirds are bad news, north american intruders

that eat our native ones - she said 'squash 'em!'

lettuce from allotment

first harvest of beautiful lettuce, and onions that had bolted.

artichoke

a perfect antidote to today's exit from the World Cup

allotment flowers

I've just planted a hollyhock plant that has germinated from a 'stolen' seedpod from Darwin's Downe House, (not sure where that is!)

think that is actually comfrey next to the foxglove - good for compost we hear.

allotment onions paul digging at allotment 2010 cucumbers allotment P

broad beans have been excellent this year.

july/august 2010 courgettes, cucumbers, French beans - excellent, aubergine being eaten by pest.

wasp nest in shed sorted by town council - hooray.

august 2010

just dug up loads of onions to stop them rotting in the rainfall this week...

Paul enjoys using the hose anytime!

onions harvested

 

allotment allotment cucumber plant in flower

cucumber plant frond - they have gone mad in the rain

 

2011 - and here we are again

allotment plot

30 bags of compost and some fine rotavating later - we are ready to go!

sturton onions, arran pilot potatoes now in the ground, rhubarb flourishing.

allotment

2011

The allotment Tsar has installed a water trough at the bottom of our plot - fantastic help!

Our nearby Gurkhas will be delighted as they have a wonderful way of irrigating their plot,

by throwing buckets of water across the crops and repeating this when it has soaked through,

all pretty labour intensive.

Allotment water trough

comfrey

comfrey excellent for bees.

JUNE 2011

Everything is popping up now.

We have had great broad beans, the artichoke plant has gone mad ( see photo).
NB. globe artichoke plants only last 3 years. Apparently you have to take
runners offand replant in the spring.

artichoke plant artichoke plant

Even some raspberries have appeared which have been quickly eaten on the hoof.

Not sure how to thin out carrots which can be seen in this photo.

carrots growing Our soil is now

looking the business, with bits of grit - it is much easier to weed. I have an African

tool, which I bought online which is truly excellent for weeding, called an 'azada'? (bought from Get Digging)

The courgettes have been good, tomatoes very slow this year, and cucumber plant drowned.

A new thin stringless French green bean, called Cupidon, which we sourced from The Real Seed Catalogue

has produced some stocky little 'dwarf' plants ( they don't seem keen to climb up canes so not showy! ),

but with really excellent beans -

Cupidon bean plants
these are stocky bushy dwarf plants packed with delicious stringless cupidon french beans.

allotment harvest onions harvested

july 24th 2011

digging up potatoes before the slugs get to them

and laying out onions to dry.

Paul watering courgettes

Lettuce
Harris loved vegetation of all sorts - a fine lettuce and a fine animal.
Our new pair Lundy and Mardy like nothing better than sport with peas or beans.

late artichoke the last artichoke of the season

2012

so far excellent rhubarb.

compost has been added and ground rotovated by easter w/e - potatoes chitting.

hoping we haven't over pruned the bramley apple tree? (It's absolutely fine - June note)

Spot our new bird feeder, filled with sunflower seeds.

allotment April 2012

June 2012

lots of good stuff now appearing - a bit later than planned due to wet/windy weather!

Here is some lettuce, artichoke on the bonnet of our renault 4, and Paul changing his footwear.

Renault 4 and lettuce

 

Allotment July 2012 potato harvest at allotment 2012

July 2012 onions turned over ready for drying out and maris piper potatoes being harvested before snails and slugs - best crop yet.

French beans are ripening well.. Bloomin marrows........

allotment chums decided that our onions were 'best in show' this year - which amazed us!

and here are our first beetroots - what a wopper! ( if you want a good borscht recipe, email Karen)

home grown beetrootsallotment harvestcarrots

 

IT'S A NEW YEAR 2013...

AND OUR FIRST DAY BACK AT THE PLOT - APRIL 8TH ( as you all know it has been a blooming mad season until now ?

Allotment April 2013 allotment

rhubarb is the first to appear, broad beans planted in December are growing and the olive bushes survived the inclement frosts and are now unfurling.

allotment april 2013 allotment Tarragon bush tarragon bush flowering into a bejewelled ball.

we are about a month behind this year due to weather but broad beans are flourishing and should be ready by end of June!

allotment robin allotment robin allotment robin

June 2013. Fabulous pair of robins found nesting in flowerpots (centre photo) and on patrol on two posts if you look carefully.

July 2013

and Paul is resting!

Paul asleep at allotment

white roses at allotment allotment poppiessunflower

 

cucumber plant

August 2013 - the plant of the year so far is the cucumber - delicious and plentiful,

closely followed by beans and courgettes.

annual picnic at allotment

a very jolly time was had at this year's allotment picnic. - many thanks to Lawrence and Anne.

Allotment august allotment rotovating

Paul happy with his improvements to the 'Merry Tiller'!

September 2013 - much cooler now, but Pattison Blanc (Patty Pan) squash thriving.

now to find out how to cook it! We've given quite a few away, so waiting to hear what folk have done with them.

Pattison Blanc squash 'Patty Pan' Pattison Blanc Patty Pan plant

and shed now weatherproofed hopefully,

garden shed

JANUARY 2014 - HAPPY NEW YEAR

WET WET WET

We have just tried putting some artichoke seeds in germinating pots under a cloche at home,
shoots just appearing in a few pots - excellent. I bought the packet at Camisa's fab Italian deli
in Old Compton Street, must be good eh?

MARCH 2014

Still pretty soggy ground, but rhubarb plant very content as are lovely Tom and Britney
(recieving some fronds)

nearly Easter 2014 and Paul started his holidays from college with the visit to the plot - digging going well.

excited by this activity, I have ordered Maris Pipers from Martins in Cheriton and they have excellent plug

plants later on. The only thing I order outside of our local supplier is Cupidon filet green bean from Real Seed Company- simply the best.

But Real Seed Company have been so inundated with orders that their online shop is shut until March 29th!

- hope they don't sell out... ordered now!

PS. ALSO the cucumber seeds were spectacular 2014 ( see below)

Paul has been digging during his Easter break... good boy!


Paul stops for lunch - Easter this w/e and potatoes, onions, beans shallots now in the ground.
Karen uses gurkha technique for breaking up the earth. (sun visor is not stylish I know but it is very practical!)

June -Marigolds self seeding so pleased I didn't think they were weeds. French beans are being nibbled by something this year, but artichokes and broad beans looking good and feeling fine.

Compare and contrast
the first photo is a view of our flourishing but slightly chaotic plot and the second is t
he fantastic ghurka construction next door

Paul's 'chihuly' lettuce


SEPTEMBER 2014

Andy the cockerel and his harem. Spectacular beetle bottle green tail feathers that would grace any military helmet.
What a charmed life thanks to Ann and Laurence.


spectacular crop of cucumbers - now I need an easy pickling recipe. - thanks to Cathy Holliday, I have now pickled for a day!


September 2014
Karen was asked to judge window box competition.
As in 1930s Bermondsey, free boxes were distributed around Folkestone.
The standard was high - hopefully
this can become an annual event.



'War on Slugs' winner St Johns Rd. Folkestone

JANUARY 2015
pruning apple trees was the priority with our scary Japanese saw
( a bizarre yet very useful and efficient present from K's lovely 80+ year old stepmum )

Paul surveys our work.

September 2015

Cucumbers - a French variety from Real Seed Company has provided masses of deeeelicious cucs.

The self seeded marigolds ran riot and slightly suffocated our onions this year, so they need to be culled next year.

Beetroots galore....

 

APRIL 2016 - ANOTHER NEW SEASON

Paul tilling away merrily on the new improved 'merry tiller'. And I love old edging tiles - this is all we have.

Laurence surveys his work

May 2016
June waiting for broad beans