It’s always an anxious time when you have to leave the allotment for a lengthy absence, but Julia and Simon, at the Shepherds Hill allotment in Crouch End, have found the perfect solution.
Friends have come along to help harvest and share the spoils on this idyllic site (one might think one was in the country here and not in the heart of a heaving metropolis),
and will continue to harvest the fruit and veg (in exchange for a little watering) while Julia and Simon are on their hols.
Along with the strawberries and raspberries, Ruby Chard and this sensuous, velvety Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus) are ripe for picking.
And these remarkably unblemished, autumn sown broad beans are also ready for the plate. Happy harvesting Anders, Monika and Ingvild!