Last week I visited the allotment for the first time with just Luca as Euan was at school and we’d not managed a weekend visit. It was a beautiful sunny day and while we waited for Dave to arrive Luca made a new friend, a spaniel called Zac. Zac kept picking up stones and dropping them at our feet as we talked to his owner Lesley. She said he likes to play catch with stones but soon went off to find him a ball when we realised how good he was at intercepting every single throw and wincing at the clunking sound of stone on teeth. Luca was in his element combining his love of balls and dogs and Mummy time.
Zac was getting so exhausted by the sun and ball play and we could see he would never voluntarily stop bringing the ball back to us. So Luca and I said our farewell’s and headed down to Dave’s plot, not before stopping to say hello to some other allotment animals.
We had a little explore while we waited for Dave to arrive. I’ve always loved the ramshackled sheds at the allotment but over the years, as new plot holders have arrived, there have been more new ones cropping up. I’ve always loved this shed which has gradually been grown over Virginia Creeper and turns an amazing red colour in the Autumn. I encouraged L to go and knock at the door but he wasn’t at all keen!
Our patch is coming along well and we picked some lettuce to take home. We only have 2 carrots growing after our long weeks of waiting but it’s 2 more than last year! Still no sign of our kohl rabi but I’m happy to see that the tomato plants we put in a few weeks ago are looking fab. It’s thirsty work gardening so we always take our Oxo Tot twist top water bottle and on this occasion snacked on broad beans.
It was the perfect time to pick the broad beans as there were very few black fly on them. Dave plants his broad beans in November and I used to do this as well when I learnt that they escape the black fly by being ready to pick just that bit earlier than beans planted in February.
We weren’t able to visit the plot at the weekend but hope to on Saturday. So much changes when you can only visit every other Saturday. Thank goodness we have Dave to keep an eye on things for us, especially with the upcoming heatwave next week. If you’ve you’ve missed any of our other gardening with kids posts you can catch up with them by clicking the link. Cheerio for now and happy gardening.