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Agapanthus and Allotment Stalwarts

July 2, 2015

DSCN4873A pot of Agapanthus africanus outside the front door is full of flower heads bursting into life and against the odds since they had infrequent watering to say the least. I did however feed all five pots of agapanthus back in April and they are flowering like never before.

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On the allotment a neighbour has a stunning clump of globe artichokes basking in the sun.  Last year I grew this plant from seed and they germinated fast. Potted on into 9 cm pots they grew to 30 cm tall and were planted out.  Within days they’d been demolished by slugs but I’m having another go and this time they’ll stay in pots till they reach a really robust size.

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Opposite the artichokes is a huge clump of fennel and inspired by Charles Dowding I have just purchased seeds for these (and the artichokes).  In How to Create a New Vegetable Garden he sowed Fennel ‘Montebianco’ in modules at the beginning of July and planted them out 3 weeks later.  He says they swelled to medium size bulbs through October but I’d be happy to have the leaf as a herb although any bulbs would be welcome too.

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The Crimson Flowered broad beans growing in a pot outside the kitchen door are fattening up and completely free of blackfly…

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Unlike the allotment broad beans which have been badly infected. This week I cropped the lot and chopped up the plants to add to a compost bin. The heat wave will help get the temperature up on all the bins and that should speed up decomposition. On the subject of soil, in Bristol on July 4th there’s an important event celebrating UN International Year of Soils. The guest speaker at the Create Centre is Alys Fowler who will be inviting people to explore the life-giving matter of soils to inspire a deeper understanding of its nature and its role in the future of food.

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Above Alchemilla mollis is looking very pretty mingling with Stipa tenuissima and the lime green flowers cut well with marigolds and achilleas in a pot…

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And here’s a most delicious recipe prompted by urbanvegpatch for nasturtium leaf pesto which we ate on sliced tomatoes …DSCN4890

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 2, 2015 10:29 am

    Agapanthus doing well here too… a blue one flowering for the first time in years. Fingers crossed!

  2. July 2, 2015 11:56 am

    Yes that’s a good start. You probably know that they divide up easily by lifting and cutting through the base in Spring but then you’d have a year to wait for flowers.

  3. July 20, 2015 4:20 pm

    Oh, hey, thanks for the mention Sue, I’m glad you enjoyed the pesto – we weren’t allowed to heap it on during the recipe demo but if something’s good, bring it on! Hope you have better luck with your globe artichokes – same thing happened to me, two out of three eaten but the third survived and is now huge! This might be a better year for slug free growing, there seem to be slightly less about (although my beans would beg to differ!).

  4. July 20, 2015 4:43 pm

    I LOVED the pesto and will be making it again this week. I tried twice to leave comments on your last two blogs and failed so I’ll leave a comment here. I like the sound of your lavender bics.

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