Defying coronavirus – Smitham Allotments exhibit at a successful flower and vegetable show in Banstead
Against all the odds the Banstead Horticultural Society 2020 Autumn Show was held on the 12th September at the Community Hall.
Dave Warren has spotted a new addition to our allotment wildlife. Hedgehogs are getting increasingly rare so it’s great to see this little creature.
This is one of the many slow worms who live in our compost bin on the allotment, photographed in July 2019. They enjoy a cosy fugg in there all through the winter, and there always seem to be a good number of babies in the spring!
Having an allotment in these difficult times means we are doubly blessed. Not only do we still have an abundance of winter vegetables to harvest and enjoy, and summer produce to look forward to, but we can get fresh air and exercise whilst obeying the government...
This is incredible! A globe artichoke where the winter has been so mild and wet that the seeds have germinated in the dead flower.
Banstead Horticultural Society invited us to enter exhibits in their Autumn Show this year. We were delighted to be able to make a strong contribution to a highly successful event.
Kale is very fashionable these days but curly kale crops well, and early, tastes sweeter, and looks great!
Early carrot crop picked today. This is Amsterdam Forcing which can be planted later than Early Nantes and still be ready for harvesting in July.
It looks like the allotment is bursting with strawberries this year! Top Tip: to hold back spoiling, don't wash them with water until just before you're ready to eat them.