It was another hot one today (sorry if you’ve had rain and thunder, especially yesterday). Today reached about 29 degrees in the South East, where as yesterday we got up to 34!! Yes I know for September that it’s unheard of, and even for the UK it’s a rarity. I was working all day yesterday so was unable to get to the allotment. To be honest it was a little too hot to be out in the open for any length of time. Still I did get to sit in the park at lunch time and enjoy the sun. Today it was cooler (not by much) and I wasn’t working, so I went down the allotment for 3 hours!! Don’t worry I took plenty of water with me, and some lunch. I’m now working through each bed and weeding and harvesting what I need. After the summer holidays and all that came before, I feel like I’m making some headway again. Hopefully that’ll last and the weeds won’t take over again. I managed just over 2 barrow loads of weeds and grass, so that felt good. Some vegetables like the beans have come to an end, but I’ve harvest loads. Others are still growing like the Squashes and the Pumpkins. The Pumpkins are swelling up nicely, nothing massive, but still good sizes. Of course nothing is the perfect shape, but then that’s just boring, and not my style. I’m particularly proud of the Pumpkin and it’s extra growth.
Some of the large sunflowers have also come to an end, and my tallest this year is a little taller than me, so must stand around 6 foot tall. I checked to see if the chickens would eat the seeds from the head, and yes they can. It’s helps them in their egg production. So I harvest one massive head (it must be 12 inches across if not a little more) and I’ll dry it out on the garden table for a couple of days in the sun. Then I’ll pop it in the chicken run, and hope the girls enjoy it. There are plenty for them all to share, so there should be no fighting between them.
I’m off out tonight, so I’d better have a bath before I go. I’m a little on the yucky side, and shouldn’t really be near anyone else.