You reap what you sow + loads of weeds. Allotment site 1st of aug

By mid July the allotment garden was covered with weeds – no surprise. But 6 hours of work did the job and today we returned after 10 days of traveling. We pulled out new weeds and couldn’t help but grabbing some potato and beet root too. This is 2 months down the road for the plants outdoors.

We figured out weeds are best pulled when it’s big! That way you can pull them by the roots. And they wont come back for long and you can hit the road again.

Potato. Good size as well.

Potato. Good size as well.

Parsnip. We covered the tip of these with soil to protect them from sun.

Parsnip. We covered the tip of these with soil to protect them from sun.

Common bean is strong and flowering. They seem to need more time than the broad bean though. Their pods were about 5-6 cm.

As you can see there are some weeds here and there but considering the place have been neglected for 2 weeks this is nothing.

Chard. Strong, healthy. For some reason only every second one showed up. Strange.

Chard. Strong, healthy. For some reason only every second one showed up. Strange.

Broad bean. This is our greatest surprise. They are huge, growing fast, and gives enormous harvest.

Broad bean (Witkiem). This is our greatest surprise. They are huge, growing fast, and gives enormous harvest. Here is useful info on drying these for use during winter.

Broad bean close up. These are about 20 cm long and 3 cm wide.

Broad bean close up. 20 cm x 3 cm?

“Broad beans are an ancient favourite with evidence of cultivation from as early as 6,000 BC. Easy to grow, high in protein and rich in vitamin C they’re still a must for today’s vegetable plot.” / BBC Gardening guide.

Beet root. Only 3 of these survived. No idea why.

Beet root. Only 3 of these survived. No idea why but you can cut this one (Alvro Mono) like butter and make Borcht soup. Proper commie food.

Tread. We picked out all the weeds 1st time in mid july, and 2nd time today. And placed everything in the treads.

Tread. We picked out all the weeds 1st time in mid July, and 2nd time today. And placed everything in the treads.

We pulled weeds from the rows and covered the treads. That way the weeds in the tread should die from darkness.

Overview. Not everything went according to plan...

Overview. Obviously not everything went according to plan…

The 1st row has 3 leeks in it that seem healthy, but in between those we tried out some unknown pink bean we got from an Italian lady. No sign of life there. 2nd row carrots – nothing. 3rd row had 3 beet roots in it ’till we ate them.

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