This blog shows my activities and other people's initiatives. There are also articles that have been contributed.

Sunday, 31 March 2013

New Pages

Take a  look at  'What's happening on the vegetable plot. Don't forget to click 'more' to see the rest.
There are now new pages on this blog. By clicking on the pages link on the right hand side (half way down) you will find a variety of articles.
Page 1 Provides a brief introduction to the editor and an article by the editor on fish keeping

Page 2a
There is a change to Paul's classes this can be found on: 
Paul has kindly allowed me to reprint articles from his website however I recommend going to see the full range of interesting articles. See address below.
Paul is now also teaching Wing Chun.
Yet again the versatile Paul Brecher has surprised us with a Brand New Article called the Anomaly of The Meridians . As I found this article so fascinating I have created a new page 2a where you can find this most extraordinary article  Paul runs a variety of courses and you only need go to his website:
Page 3
On Page 3 there is an article by Paul Brecher. my Teacher, which is an introduction to the martial art of Pa Kua Chang.
A new article by Paul Brecher has been added to page 3 The Wooden Man Form. For more information on this please contact Paul.
For those wanting a different perspective  an article on food and Traditional Chinese Medicine has been added. If you go to Paul's site you can now find new additions  to purchase books on Martial Arts, Traditional Chinese Medicine
 These have been reprinted by kind Permission of the author. These articles and more can be found on his website:  You will also find information about his classes.
Paul also teaches a no nonsense methods of dealing with difficult violent situations. For more information look at this website.
I have just added a link to The Pau Chui , Cannon fist performed by Paul brecher
Paul brecher has also published a number of books. Two of these can be found on page 3. Go to his website for more details and to see a great deal of fascinating material.
The following link: 

The link above is an explanation of the origins of taiji from Wutang 700 years ago..
This will give a 'taster'.

Paul's classes are stimulating and hard work an a way to really 'get to know who you are'. Paul will ask you what you want . He will teach qigung and the Taiji form if preferred.  . Together with that there is great comradeship in the class and a desire to assist people to enjoy the 'voyage of discovery'. Paul has also introduced his perception of Wing Chun. and explains the links

Page 5: Contains articles by the blog author. The latest is: The secrets of Drip irrigation.

Page 6
I have added a new page showing some of the paintings of Matan Peles , a resident of a community for adults with learning difficulties on Kibbutz mahanayim, Upper Gailee, Israel.

I recommend looking at these photos which can be purchased online. Every painting purchased is more support for the community. You can see more of his paintings  on their  url:   The site is in Hebrew but there is a translate button on the right hand side.
Under this article there is an article explaining The Israeli Kibbutz

Page 7 contains
an article by Morris Solovitz taken (by kind permission) from his blog: The Bilateralist. which discusses recent and historical events in Israel.
A variety of articles are posted on my blog they do not necessarily reflect the blog author's view

Page 8 There is an explanation of the Shaw Trust, a Horticultural Project for Adult with learning difficulties.
A brand new page has been added 'Poems by Mark Shuck' .  Anyone who has been troubled by squirrels in the garden will surely relate to the first in a series.

More articles wanted on a variety of subjects. I hold the right to refuse articles I consider
inappropriate and likely to cause offence.

Go to the following link to watch my neices Tanya and Lauren Seifert performing a beautiful performance of Theatrical Pole Dancing

On the Plot and the Rest

Earlier entries have been erased to provide more space 

13th August 2018
Just returned from holiday. I am not happy with the progress of things I sowed in the area which previously held potatoes. I sowed lots in trays yesterday and repotted my flat cabbage seedlings. I placed more collars on new brassica seedlings againg the cabbage butterfly.
I found that the tomato plants in the back polytunnel which I have allowed to grow upwards had flopped with the weight of tomatoes. I tied them up

14th August 2018
Top Plot . Laid a frame on the soil . Topped it up with soil and sowed Flat Cabbage seed and Spring Cabbage behind it. It is to serve as a nursery bed. All being well I will grow them on and transplant when they are big enough.
I am disappointed with an area I sowed lower down on the top plot. very little germinated . I decided to 'cut my losses' . I dug it over again . Raked it. Spread chicken pellets and started to resow. Possibly there was a lack of germination due to the hot weather despite the watering.
Supported the three melons growing in the greenhouse with nets underneath
Decided not to spend any large amounts on the allotment as I will be having a new larger filtration  installed fro the pond at home. I had intended to buy a storage facility for the rotovator and tools . I moved the rotovator , recovered  and put up poles and cover it over the top.

17th August 2018
 . I removed the slabs leading into the greenhouse as the plan is to cement in bigger slabs. dug out the communal compost boxes near the raised beds. I transported the dry material to the fire area.
I brought some wood chippings and spread them along the path by the fence. I am trying to promote composting onsite/,

20th August
Planted overwintering Japanese onion sets earlier as an experiment .  Some often don't always do so well . I have also planted them into slight ridges as they can suffer from the wet.
Moved the water barrel closer to the polytunnel and added Comfrey . I changes the hosed pipe layout on the lower plot. Took a net up to to upper plot to protect the sets against birds who have a tendency to pull them out until they have rooted.
I sowed another 'nursery bed with Spring Cabbage greyhound. Pulled out another set of poles with Climbing Bean as they had finished.

23rdAugust 2028
More lettuce has been sown direct . there seems to be quicker . Moved the contents of one compost box to another. To rotate the compost and try to speed up the process. Covered the Brassicae nursery bed with netting.

26th August 2018
I managed to sow some spring onions and other before the rain started. I was excited to find more melons appearing in the polytunnel and signs of more cucumbers. I retied  the vines. I Didn't expect it with the cooler weather.

29th August 2018
The other day transplanted some seedlings which I purchased in Denmark which are a kind of Spinach I also transplanted some lettuce seedlings on my wife's raised bed and on my top plot. I was a bit concerned about the melon and cucumber vines in the lower first polytunnel as they seemed to look bedraggled after I had redirected them . I have learnt from that . However they seem to have recovered although i will monitor it. Started to change the way the Tomato plants that are growing upwards so that there is more access. Nice to see a new flush of courgettes.
Quite excited tomorrow as I am having a more advanced filtration system installed by the Koi pond at home. Hopefully it will add clarity to the water. Once that happens I will have to think about removing many of the small fish that were born in the pond.

31rst August 2018
Today I harvested potatoes and took the haulms down to dry out and be burned . I turned the compost into the second box adding a bit of manure scraped form the plot.
Placed larger canes to support the Bolivian Cucumber -Achocha .
Sowed sweet pea plants which I had grown from seed around canes formed in a tepee shape, . On the lower plot I pulled out some broccoli  plants which didn't look too good . Removed the roots  and put the rest on the compost heap.
Planted Lettuce grown from seed and Danish Spinach.
I am coming to the conclusion the cage built on the bottom plot was built in the wrong place which could be due to the trees on the other side of the fence and the affect of their roots.
I weeded the new patch of Brassicae which are look better.. Scattered slug pellets. As much as I would like to keep chemical free one has to weigh up costs and Nematodes are costly.

6th September 2018
I have been too preoccupied to update.
The last few days I cleared and rotovated the top plot of potatoes . I turned over the soil a few times to clear as much as possible and then rotovated. I sowed some Egyptian Tree Onion Seed . On the smaller section I took a risk and transplanted some Chard. I have done this before with some success at this time of year though i wouldn't recommend it  (to space where I previously grew Onions.)
On the lower plot I removed row of tomatoes as they have Blight. I pulled  the Sweetcorn and harvested . I have left it to dry. Yesterday I spent the morning burning the in the fire area. I managed to burn the potato haulms and the blighted Tomato. I never get blight on potatoes as I use Sarpo varieties which are resistant to Blight.
11th Sept
I have been too busy to add to the journal but some of the things I have been doing since i last recorded an entry:
Cleared the area near the fire area and re instituted one of my compost boxes to stop the mess that was accruing .I also put a sign up guiding people with green matter e.g with perennial weeds  to the box.
Cleared out the greenhouse and planted lettuce seedlings in the raised bed inside.
Sowed more garlic ,and Onions.
I have started to clear Tomato plants behind the polytunnel as they are showing signs of blight . I am bagging them up.

15th September 2018
The Tomato plants and the drip irrigation have been cleared . The tomato plants are in bags. At some point I will dispose of them. I planted Spring Cabbage (which I grew from seed) in the same place. They have been covered with netting.
I also started to clear one side of one of the polytunnels. The other side still has Tomato plants which were planted later to try and extend the season. On the top plot I have sowed more Onion sets and Radicchio.
I have been turning the compost and dug some out from the second box.

22nd September 2018
The compost  is was quite warm last time I touched it. . I feel I need to put a lot of effort into it as I am trying to promote it onsite as the delivery of large loads of compost made from recycled waste will be ending in October. It is clear to me that there are a number of plotholders who don't understand composting based on what I have seen them bring down to be burnt.
I have been doing a number of thing onsite including mowing . Today the weather was wet but I felt I had to plant the bare rooted Strawberries I received . I took out some of the drip pipes from one of the polytunnels, I took some Raspberry canes from the back of an adjacent plotholders plot (by agreement. I originally had that plot and put in many of the canes) ., I also cleared her plot of surface weeds quickly as it was raining. I planted six canes inside the 'Brassica Cage ' . I think I will be turning some of it over to fruit and such ,. The Brassica didn't do well there. Perhaps also the proximity to the trees. The new planting which is further away is much better.
30th Sept 2018
It took me time to work on my own plots as I felt it important to move a very poor quality chippings which was riddled with blocks of wood. The pile had been left at the beginning of compound blocking the way in.
Sowed three trays of seed in the greenhouse. Onions ,Japanese parsley/etc., I also sowed outside and then covered using hoops and Polythene.

11th October.
I haven't had time to update as i have been away for a few  days and busy 0nsite . Removed the polythene as it has been so warm. Cleared soil out of one of the beds in the polytunnel. I also planted some Chinese Cabbage seedlings . They are a bit small so may not take. I also did some mowing and other general maintenance jobs onsite.

19th October 2018
I have started to remove some Tomatoes from the back polytunnel as they seem to have finished . There ares still some more left. Potted up a few Brussels Sprouts Plants. Did a light surface weed of the top plot. Moved a frame to hold the soil to another part of the plot, A few days previously I sorted out a neighbouring plotholders 'composting area, by agreement, as it was just a pile to harbour rats. It was used to pile up their green stuff but never dealt with. I dug out 6 wheelbarrows of compost from underneath and left it for them.

23rd October 2018
Things have happened but the latest is I spread  cow manure . Not my first choice but as I was being offered a limited amount I took it. As am experiment I used some as a top dressing for Brassica and then forked it . Today I rotovated it in some of the other areas. I potted up some Shishu (a Japanese vegetable and Japanese Parsley.

26th October 2018
Amongst other things . I emptied a bag of compost in the first polytunel where I dug out the old compost and dug out one of the beds in the back polytunnel having just cleared the tomatoes. There are still some left. Noticed a mistake on the RHS website online re:rotation They have put Tomatoes and Potatoes together . That is not a good idea . They can infect each other with blight and other. They are the same family.
28th October 2018
Yesterday I turned the compost into the other box and lit the pile of dried green material in the fire area as there was so much. I sowed  some Spinach, lettuce and herb in the nearest polytunnel.
Today I cemented the ditch leading to the Greenhouse and laid slabs. I moved to the lower plot.
I transferred the second pile onto the fire area . I transferred Raspberry canes to the caged area and have also put in Rhubarb.
I had some Spring Cabbage planted at the back of the polytunnel. I decided to move them to the new area of brassicae

31rst October 2018
I pulled out the vines of the Achocha Brazilian Cucumber and picked the fruit some of which went into an omelette after brushing off the spikes. I dug a trench for runner beans which I will fill with green waste. I have put the vines in. I moved some more Spring Cabbage sown to the lower plot but have not yet planted them. I cut off two of the Broccoli heads as they were going to seed

Brought down more chippings for the path leading to the polytunnels. Dug over a patch at the back of the polytunnels and spread manure . I plan to put potatoes there in the spring. Planted more Spring Cabbage Plants and a few Brussels Sprouts plants. Not the right time of year but no harm in trying. Sowed some lettuce and herbs in the polytunnel. A bit late but again no harm in trying.

I rotavated a fellow plotholders  plot . 'and then dug out a border in the ;back [polytunnel

5th November 2018
Weeded amongst the garlic on the top plot and laid down on bare patch on the path between the two sections on the top plot.
I worked on what I call the communal compost boxes by the raised beds. Unloaded the compost that I had left in the large wheelbarrow onto a raised bed. Brought over branches and such which had been dumped on the boxes to be burnt.
Sowed red Cabbage seed in the first polytunnel . I am overflowing with lettuce on the top plot

9th November 2018
received a load of chippingss for the site and spread along the edge of my top plot . Planted up a small area of Chinese Cabbage and Spring Cabbage and then covered with netting.

10th November 2018
I dug over the path behind the greenhouse and laid chippings. Inside the greenhouse sowed some Japanese Parsley and Salsola. I worked on the compost bays near the raised beds . There was a dumpy bag full of compost  which I emptied the contents onto a nearby raised bed , No easy task.

13th November 2018
Sunday i sowed some Pak Choy in the polytunnel and cleared out more compost from boxes near the raised bed. Today I did some mowing with a shared personal mower but not in communal areas as I want to emphasise the need to do something about the communal mowers which are in disrepair..
I shovelled out more and took two wheelbarrow loads \ took to my top plot for use at another time. I also potted up some Tumeric roots.

17th NOvember 2018
Planted Chinese Cabbage on the top plot. Put Broadbean seedlings in the cold fame.

22nd November 2018
I hadn't been onsite for a few days , Everything has stayed wet in the greenhouse and polytunnels so no need to water,  I pulled out quite a few brassicae plants that were not really developing .
Whereas i have a very good salad crop Brassicae have been disappointing . I m committed to making 2019 an excellent year for Brassicae.

27th August 2018
Mounted some bubble wrap in the Greenhouse using special clips. Repotted some cauliflower seedlings. It would normally be the wrong time of year but no harm in trying. I also have a tray of red cabbage seedlings.

30th November 2018
Planted out Chinese Cabbage thinnings and covered them in a makeshift raised cover. Weeded smaller section of top plot

2nd December 2018
Turned the compost into the second box and moved the first . Weeded and replanted Onions taking from rows where there were gaps. Dug over the section where they had  been moved .

7th December Potted up some red cabbage seedlings a few days ago . Not the right time of year nor is it for Carrots which   I sowed in the greenhouse and put a cold frame on top..   Brought up some more compost from the compost box near the raised beds


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