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The frost decorating the plants next to the river Thames. ...

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A late (and final) harvest coming home from the plot. All the plants are dug up now, making these the last squash and courgettes to come home.

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These are flower cuttings to protect by storing in the polytunnel overwinter. Sometimes I need to take cuttings from the cuttings in spring as the original cuttings don’t look so good. It’s one of those jobs I like to get done to avoid starting from scratch each year and needing to buy new plants.

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A Crazy Love dahlia flower freshly watered from the persistent rain yesterday. I enjoy dahlias at this time of year and how they provide colour until the first frosts.

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Whilst the leaves of the courgettes plants are past their best, the courgettes themselves are still forming. This picking went into making a recipe from Spain called pisto … a delicious courgette stew served with a poached egg topping.

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Freshly dug potatoes from one plant. The variety is picasso, related to cara. The first plant I dug up was not so great with holes in them from a pest, but the plants in the middle of the row are looking much better. Their flavour is great when roasted!

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I really enjoy growing summer squash. Rarely seen in a supermarket, I think they look great and can be used like courgettes.

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A few purple french beans are ready! The dwarf plants have survived continual munching by slugs and snails, but are now producing a harvest. The beans turn green during cooking.

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I really appreciate the effort of other plot holders to grow flowers. It makes the allotment a colourful and cheerful place to visit. I really like this variety of sunflower, not the tallest but one of the most colourful.

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A ripe boysenberry. They’re a favourite this year, unfortunately there are not many of them on the canes, but their flavour is delicious. A juicy blackberry with a hint of raspberry.

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Yesterday’s blueberry picking. With such a slow start to this year, it was great to have something to bring home.

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The delicate flowers of runner beans are decorating the plot.

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The first allotment dahlia. Really full of colour this year, I think the rain may be helping.

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A calendula in full flower outside the polytunnel. Apparently it’s edible, but I think I'll leave it be.

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Summer squash are starting to form at the allotment. This one is about the diameter of a 50 pence coin, there’s still a way to go yet before picking!

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Raspberry season has started on the plot ….

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