Allotment Produce

Figure 1: French Dwarf Beans (Purple Teepee variety); some of which has already made up my tea last night!

I just thought I’d write a small post: a) because it’s been a while; and b) to offer an update on how the museum’s allotment is faring.

In between my ongoing work cataloguing the Alan Brindle aquatic insects (am now on caddisflies btw; sometimes involving picking out larvae and pupae from their protective cases!) I’ve continued helping out with the museum’s allotment.

It’s been an interesting growing season weather-wise to say the least, but the allotment has managed to remain looking verdant and healthy throughout.  However, it hasn’t been a bumper season for crops; except for the dwarf beans I collected on Friday (see above), which offered a great return from the three small plants we have growing.

The work at the allotment now is very much of the tidying variety; a lot of the nasturtiums are now looking a bit raggidy and suffering from blackfly (or black bean aphid) so they need cutting back.

I’ve really enjoyed working on the allotment this year, and though the rewards in terms of produce haven’t been huge, it’s been very rewarding and great to hear the overwhelmingly positive responses of visitors to our endeavours.


About Trainee Curator

I will be writing a blog about the next twelve months spent as a trainee biological curator based at Manchester Museum.
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2 Responses to Allotment Produce

  1. Jane Collins says:

    I have just been given a handful of surplus beans from an allotment–Anna says they are borlotti beans–they are even prettier than yours–green with pink–now what to do with them!
    all the best
    Jane Collins

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