Tuesday, 22 June 2010

The weekend's work

This weekend saw even more flowers appearing on the allotment; the borage and the potatoes are flowering, which means baby spuds soon! Yum!

We did a ton of weeding on Sunday, particularly clearing the carrots and onions again. A lot of my onion leaves have been looking yellow for some time now. Dryness or disease? I have pulled out a few with white rot but the remaining ones are all firmly rooted and seem otherwise healthy.

And I decided to plant out our diminutive butternut squash (in the space where slugs felled a pumpkin plant) to see if a change of soil and a bit more space would encourage it to DO SOMETHING.

We found these eggs on a leaf while weeding - anyone know what they are? I'm thinking shield bug. I hate finding things like this and not knowing whether to destroy them or tuck them carefully next to the nearest colony of aphids...

And we watched this newly-emerged tortoiseshell butterfly drying his wings...

...before climbing the compost bin to take off for the first time.

2 comments:

dee said...

All my squash/pumpkins are slow this year too.By now I expect them to have the odd flower..
I came across a site searching for calcium deficiency and stumbled on this fab place. There's some advice on getting rid of white rot using garlic
http://www.growyourown.info/page173.html

Green Lane Allotments said...

Our squash, pumpkins and courgettes are slow this year too

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