Sunday, 26 March 2017

Super sunny weekend on the plot

Carried on clearing this patch, as we want to put Peas & Beans in here. 

Removed lots of weeds, ground elder & grass.
With all those weeds removed I had to have a bonfire, I started it on Saturday and when I returned today (Sunday) it was still smouldering so I put some more dried stuff on and it flared up! So I carried on piling weeds on :) 
The Cauliflower & Cabbage seedlings in the Greenhouse coming on fine and a tray of Tagetes flowers, on the right.
Some Peas started off in toilet roll tubes and a few trays of Sweetpeas too. 
Finished digging over this patch today (Sunday) plenty of space for Peas & Beans, that we have started off already.
As the title says: 'Supper sunny weekend' & it certainly was. With the clock going forward an hour, the growing season has really started. 

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian & Jo

Sunday, 19 March 2017

It's all happening on the plot

First job, to extend the early potato patch, I now have enough room for 5 rows of spuds. 

All dug over, weeded & a row of root damaged Carrots removed.

As I dug over this patch I found a few Charlotte spuds that were left behind after digging up, they looked fine so will have them with dinner. 

Not sure yet what we will plant here, probably Beans & Peas as a good follow on crop after potatoes.
If you remember I started off some 'Vigour' garlic in cells, well they have put on a good start, so after clearing this raised bed I planted the garlic at 6" intervals. I bought another 2 bulbs & will start them off the same for a succession crop.
The Cauliflower & Cabbage seed I sowed 12 days ago in the greenhouse have sprouted, we will plant out when a bit bigger and the soil is warmer.
Just a small part of our Stockbridge Arrow rhubarb and it's started growing, won't be long now before the first harvest.
A bit of an overcast showery day, but at least my little and often policy is paying off, our Allotment will be ready in no time.

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian & Jo

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Growing & planting update for March

Been a busy week, preparing and weeding. 

In these two seed trays are Cauliflower 'All the Year Round' & Cabbage 'Attraction' seed sown. I will report on the progress.
The Garlic 'Vigour' I started off a few weeks ago have sprouted and I will be planting them out soon.
The seed potatoes, that are just on a shelf in the spare room, are 'chitting' well. 
I will be planting them out in a few weeks, I usually do this Easter weekend.
This is where the potatoes will go, I've been weeding & turning the soil over, we will leave the Kale growing as we give it to our Chickens and they love it & dig it up at spud planting time.  
Fantastic news today, there are 4 large lumps of Frog Spawn in our little pond, we did expect this to happen as we had seen some rather fat frogs, but never expected so much spawn!
In the patch I dug over (see above) there were still some Parsnips, so I pulled them all up, they have been in a while now so might be a bit 'woody' but others, if OK, we will make soup from.

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian & Jo

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Things are a stirring on the Allotment

 Was clearing up a few pots and containers and look who was sheltering in the dampness, this Frog and 2 others!
Decided to dig up another row of Harlequin Potatoes, still keeping well in the ground since planting last year.
As I said things are stirring, well the Rhubarb is poking through, wont be long now.
And the Onions I put in last autumn have over wintered well and put on more growth.

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian & Jo

Monday, 13 February 2017

Potatoes to chit & garlic to get started

My 2nd Blog of 2017 and not much happening on the plot. 
But a good time to get some planting started. 

1st early 'Winston' and 2nd early 'Charlotte' potatoes arranged in egg trays for 'chitting'.  
2 Garlic bulbs, only cost 80p. 
I removed the outer, papery layer & separated the cloves.
I got 21 cloves, each one will make another Garlic bulb crammed with cloves. 
So I prepared a cell tray, by filling with moistened multi purpose compost, using a dibber I made a hole in each cell and popped a clove (blunt end down) into each cell. This will give them a good start with a good root structure, ready for planting out when its a bit warmer.

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian & Jo.

Monday, 2 January 2017

New Year & last years stats

Well its now 2017 & we've had a wonderful Christmas. Plenty of veg still to harvest and our Christmas dinner was all the better for our own, Sprouts, Leeks, Potatoes & Parsnips.

But we have also had some bumper fruit crops over the last year:
Rhubarb, 78lb 8oz.
Gooseberries, 22lb 12oz. 
Black & Redcurrants, 20lb. 
Strawberries, 14lb 12oz. 
Raspberries, 10lb 4oz. 
Blackberries, Loganberries, Blueberries etc about 1lb. 

And lots of Apples!

At home our Hens have been laying too, a total of 555 in 2016.
They are having a rest at the moment, but will start again in the spring.

Happy New Year everyone.

Thanks for reading/returning, Ian & Jo 

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Too cold to dig!

But our 2017 seeds have arrived.

Lots of new veg to grow.
Flowers too.

We are trying Hops for the 1st time, so keep checking to see how we get on.

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian & Jo.