It’s Wednesday which means it’s my weekly Three Good Things post, and this week I’m focussing on what’s happening on my allotment.
It’s all too easy to get into a panic about what jobs need doing on the allotment at this time of year—I only have to have a few days away from the plot and the whole thing seems to turn into a giant wilderness—and it means that I often forget to take pleasure in my allotment, and why I’m even growing my own food to begin with. I’m sure there will be another post in which I share all my disasters, but I might do regular Three Good Things posts for my allotment to make sure I remember to stop and take note of what’s going well.
My strawberries are looking full of flower. Last year’s crop was amazing, so I have high hopes for these plants in their third year. Traditionally, you’re supposed to replace strawberries after their third year, as they become less productive, but I might leave these in for a fourth year and take off some runners to plant in a new raised bed. Two beds of strawberries can only be a good thing!
For the first year, this apple tree is completely awash with blossom. It’s an old French variety called ‘Court Pendu Plat’, and I can pretty much guarantee you won’t find the fruit in a shop. I’ve had one apple from it before now. The fruit is supposed to have a pineapple-esque taste to it. However, I was so paranoid about my one and only apple that I picked it unripe, and as you probably know, apples are one of the fruits that don’t continue to ripen off the parent tree. So it mostly tasted sour. Fingers well and truly crossed for a bumper crop of apples from this little tree this year.
And more apples here. My other three cordoned apple trees (Kidd’s Orange Red, Blenheim Orange and Katy) all have little fruit already, although we still have to live through the ‘June drop’ when many fruit will fall, but at this point in time, they’re all looking really good. Hurray!
What are your Three Good Things this week? Are you having any food growing successes?