Thursday, 15 March 2018

March Allotment up-date

 I had to get a patch ready for 1st early Potatoes to go in, yesterday I started on this area where we had Brassicas last year. 
Today it was a sunny afternoon so I returned to finish off this patch, with enough room for 4 rows of spuds.
We usually start planting Potatoes around Easter but after the last frost.

But we need to clear this patch next.....
...... and this patch....
...... and this patch!
Got lots of seeds started at home, some in the greenhouse, some in propagators & some just in cells.

Yesterday I spotted a huge Frog in our pond, today as you can see, a huge lump of Frog Spawn, we will have Tadpoles again and eventually more Frogs.

Here are all the Potatoes 'chitting' this year I'm growing:
Pentland Javelin (1st early)
Charlotte & Kestrel (2nd early)
and Picasso (main crop).

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian & Jo

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Sunny February Sunday

 Sunny and cold, so I dug over this patch that we left fallow for a year or two & you guessed it weeds & Nettles moved in! 
After a few hours with the fork & spade I filled 2 wheelbarrows with roots & weeds!
Our plan is to pave this area and put a bench here as it gets the sun all day.

So, as you must NOT put nettle roots on the compost heap, I burnt them straight away. 
Signs of growth on the Stockbridge Arrow Rhubarb, this one we split over winter, so glad it has buds poking through already.

In Winter Olympic style, here is Gnomeo doing a spot of Ice Skating on the pond!

Well as I said, Sunny & Cold, but at least all that digging kept me warm and a couple of tea break stops too!

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian

Sunday, 18 February 2018

February 2018 update 2

The pond we cleared of tall grasses and overgrown lily pads in January now has lovely clear water, but no sign of Frogs yet, hopefully next month we will see frog spawn.
 Jo dug over this raised bed and I added some used mushroom compost. We will use this bed for some salad crops. 

We will need to re-do the Asparagus bed aswell as its full of Ground Elder & other persistant weeds! 
So that horse manure I collected will be useful

If you remember last time this patch was full of dried weeds etc. Ready to burn......
......Well I managed to burn the lot today, on a clear patch of ground so there was no chance of harming any sleeping Hedgehogs, I didn't find any though.
So not a bad 3 hours of work done today, it was almost warm too.
We did stop for a cuppa & cake at lunchtime.

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian & Jo

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

February 2018 update

 Well its been a very cold, wet and windy start to 2018.

So we haven't been down much, except to dig up some spuds left in the ground and to top up the compost bins with kitchen veg waste and chicken waste from the hen house.
But we did do some clearing on Sunday last and now have plenty of dry matter ready for another bonfire. 
I wont just set light to the dry stuff, but will move it to a clear spot, just incase a Hedgehog is sleeping underneath!
So on Wednesday last I went to the local stables and filled 12 sacks with horse manure, that half filled our holding pen.
I returned today and filled another 12 bags with manure. So our pen is now full!
All that muck will do our veggies good.

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian & Jo

Sunday, 14 January 2018

First post of 2018

 Spent a couple of hours today, mostly clearing up. 
We cut back all the over grown marsh grass from around the pond, it looks alot better for it too. We also cut back all the Raspberries and we spotted some new growth poking through. 
We cleared the Rhubarb bed, as we want to split each as they are getting too big. 
There are 3 large root clumps!
So all that clearing up meant we had to have a bonfire. 
We had plenty of weeds drying so all that went on the pyre.
So in between the clearing I dug up some more Cara potatoes. 
So its roasties tonight & chips tomorrow, I'm sure we will have mash sometime in the week too.  
So a good start to the year, we did a bit last weekend too, including pruning the Apple trees, so today wasn't the 1st visit.

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian & Jo

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Happy Christmas

Today, xmas eve, I went to the plot to dig up Parsnips, Potatoes & cut a few stalks of Sprouts, all for Christmas day dinner.
The allotment is looking very bleak as most things have died back now, the Onions & Garlic are doing well & I have a list of jobs for January to do.

So Happy Christmas to all my readers, old & new and a very Happy New Year.

Thanks for reading/returning, Ian & Jo.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

November update

These are the only Pumpkins that made it. 

Smaller than the ones you carve up for Halloween but tastier. 
Not a bad harvest of Cara potatoes, we have left plenty in the ground, where they will keep, so we dig them up as we need them. 

Cara are good for Jackets, Roasties & Chips.
In this patch where we had Broad Beans, Onions & Beetroot, I dug it over to remove as many weeds as possible. 

And I planted out some Solent Wight Garlic that we had started off at home (see below). 

After planting I covered them with netting to stop birds pecking them out.
Thanks for reading/returning. Ian & Jo