The grass has been strimmed and if the sunny weather holds I plan to line three paths on the allotment with a tough membrane before covering them with wood chippings. A plot holder has kindly chipped up an enormous Cedrus (cedar) tree for any of us to use. Recently I laid a path up the middle of the greenhouse and spread it with a heap of these rich cedar chippings. The smell is delicious and especially intense when the sun floods the space. It’s a woody, spicy-resinous scent and there’s no surprise that for centuries cedar has been used as the base note in many perfumes.
The last runner beans were removed along with the supports and when podded these made a great addition to a chilli con carne. I substituted them for red kidney beans and because they were relatively fresh they needed no soaking. Simmered for twenty minutes, whilst I followed a recipe for the chilli, they were then added for the last ten minutes.
The onion sets planted three weeks ago are showing through the soil and a quick hoeing session left them looking neat and tidy. The first pointed cabbage was ready as were masses more of Marathon F1 calabrese. I’ve been cropping a handful regularly for months and I’ll sow twice as many rows next year.