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

Sessions will be held once a month at my house with Dr Mark Green (Green Tai Chi). In order to know more about Mark see below; 
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Mark will focus on Wing Chun and also accommodate students who want to learn other aspects of The Taiji system such as large San sau or The Long Form
He may, on occasion, be joined by a colleague Mark Tan. Who besides Wing Chun has also specialized in Bagua and San Sau
Separately some of the ex students of Paul Brecher will meet in the area of East Finchley to practice the syllabus taught by Paul Brecher. Weather permitting

The next sessions with Mark Green will be on the 16th July and then on the 1`0th September. students can  arrive earlier for tea from 17:30 . The sessions will start at 18:00 until 19:30. There will be a charge for the session. Students will share the cost .  Weather permitting we will train in the garden otherwise inside.  The focus will be on Wing Chun (Kunfa and other) . For those who prefer to work on aspects of the Taiji system please let Mark know.

Page 2a an article by Paul Brecher 'The anomaly of The Meridians',
On Page 3 there is an article by Paul Brecher. my previous 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. Th
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'.

These videos and more can be found on :
Last night, in class, apart from Paul's way of teaching Wing Chun we were shown his new additions to The Small San Sau.

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

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

The Seifert Sisters can be seen on 
See an amazing array of skills . Tanya Seifert also offers private English lessons to foreign students.
Tanya is also a singer. She has her own band and also sings in a group called 'Women in Rock@
They are my nieces 

Exciting new addition on Page 7
There is an in depth explanation of how to grow sweet peas by Professor David Young. Having spoken to him has stimulated me to 'Have a Go'.

On the Plot and the Rest

Earlier entries have been erased to provide more space for the New Year

I have been doing a lot of  planting and preparing the polytunnel beds. Prepared raised bed for Kisharon , a school for orthodox young people with learning difficulties. Cleared an adjacent v=bed that was overgrown.
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People are returning from holiday. I  have been watering their plots . Less pressure. Added am extra drip pipe on the raised bed belonging to Kisharon. sorted a neighbouring plotholders compost heap at her request .Thinned out carrots and parsnips , Sowed a row of carrots.


Cleared a row of chard that had gone to seed . Planted some more unusual cucumber seedlings in the polytunnel and greenhouse . Added supporting canes. Dug up some Garlic as leaves seem to have some rust. They are a fair size. Sorted out two more chippings deliveries for the site. I took a wheelbarrow load down to lower plot for the path.

Arrived a few days ago to find someone had pulled off drip pipes off Kisharon's beds without consulting with me . I was very angry as I have been watering many plots and it makes life easier. The work if any on improving the raised beds is to be done at the end of the season so lack of logic. The person 'owned' up to it . I made it clear that the season is at it's peak I will 'fight tooth and nail' to let those that need keep their pipes , Clearly there are those that think they are 'able bodied ' and have a complete lack of understanding of those that find things more difficult .  I will make it clear hat's not happening.
 After they can be taken off . Though better I do it
Despite the rain I planted out some tomato seedlings and sowed some Okra though a bit late .

Yesterday I assisted for a bit those working on changing the polytunnel cover  on the polytunnel used by the society to grow plants. Took the soil that was dug out to level up a section . Loaded some gravel on wheelbarrows .
Took out boards around the top plot

Pulled out broadbeans even though they were big plants they weren't producing . Others have experienced similar . I tried using a shredder but it wouldn't shred the green stuff. I sowed dwarf French beans in place. weeded the brassica and tightened the net . Dug up some onions especially with this untypical weather for June , wet and cold. vegetables aren't developing. Added some aubergine plants in the back polytunnel.

22nd June 2019
It was a .learning' spending time in Sicily . Not that agriculture was the focus of the tour but of course I observed as we travelled by coach throughout the Island . The practice of burning fields seemed quite widespread though I am told it's officially forbidden. I was told by a guest at the hotel who is a nurse that , at one time , it was done in the UK. I was pleased to see the use of drip irrigation was widespread rather than the use of sprinklers and other. I saw those on a few occasions. It was interesting to see that many things are grown under cover in particular tomatoes despite the heat.
Though my plots has been watered I had a lhopped the cjjjjot to do . In particular weeding , mowing and strimming . As I was doing it anyway I strimmed the lower car park and the common area used for barbecues and such.
I now have  a lot of crops to harvest . I pulled out more garlic and took home Cauliflower , lettuce  and Garlic. I noted that I have two well formed red Cabbage in one of the polytunnels. I realised that I underuse it . The Tomatoes in the polytunnel are beginning to fruit. I have been making the point to the allotment committee how efficient drip irrigation is . But it seems they just 'don't seem to get it. We have just had a drastic cut in our water bill. I installed Israeli drip irrigation in the garden and we have it at the front too (Italian design . Have some reservations).

27th June 2019
The lower carpark is now open after R and I have finished clearing .I did some strimmed  the FHS polytunnel. Planted Okra seedlings in one of the polytunnel. Arranged wires in the back polytunnel for cucumbers  to climb up .

28th June 2019
R phoned  to tell me that a plotholder had dumped green branches down the bottom instead of keeping on their plot. I was very annoyed as I felt we had put a lot into clearance > I wrote a strong email to the person which asked that they take it back to their plot to dry off.  I copied  this to the committee. . One of the committee member wrote to the plotholder.
I potted up Flat headed Cabbage

6th July 2019
Flat cabbage have been planted out and I have been interplanting between the Brassica rows. Cut back overhanging branches behind the raised beds . Tied Tomatoes and Cucumbers to supporting wires from above.

13th July 2019
I haven't had much time to fill in the journal . More recently I weeded in the Brassica area and changed the supporting posts.. I  pruned most of   the Tomatoes . Weeded in the cage on the lower section and sowed Japanese Spinach. and a spring Cabbage which when big enough I will transfer into their final  position. In the greenhouse sowed more Okra and sald leaf
I haven't spent much time on the blog due to the amount of work on my own plots and general maintenance . I was interested to discover that I have  Asia+n cucumber  which I don't recall sowing!. A lot of vegetables harvestable now. Spent some time strimming and working in what is known as the wild life garden . I made some recommendations, Sorted out the composting area for the raised beds.                                                                                                                                                                            

Retied Cucumbers in the greenhouse..and planted some Ochra plants even ..though it's a bit late.…...…...…......…......…….........……......……...
Finding it a bit difficult to keep up with writing the log due to things to do . Dug out some potatoes. What I thought were dwarf beans are climbing beans so have put down some bamboo canes.

An update for last few days. Dug some more potatoes. Cleared area on top plot where Brassicae hasn't done well. Dug it over. Sorted out compost box. Sowed banana seed and placed in heated area in fellow plotholder's greenhouse. Has electrical connection. Burnt the pile of dry stuff in the fire area as the person officially in charge does not seem to be doing it and it was turning into a risk to my lower plot.

14th August 2019
I was onsite today despite the rain. I sorted out the greenhouse. I discovered that I had accidently planted a squash plant amongst the cucumbers and melons . However I
have learnt that next year I will stick to regular types of cucumbers.
I filled up a wheelbarrow quickly (as it was raining heavily) with ash from the fire Lately I have been watering with a dose of my own urine and after reading some research on the internet decided to add ash. I have used it in the polytunnels and greenhouse . I am convinced that plants that seemed slow to crop suddenly picked up quite amazingly . However the recommendation is only male urine which I have been using for a while on my compost heap onsite. I have ordered a hand sprayer with a mixer which attaches to the hose pipe and will use it to spray crops outside or in some areas.
 24th August 2019
As usual in the summer I haven't had time to update regularly . It was nice to have some assistance, one day, from a young  Italian visitor who was most knowledgeable . I have been working on someone else's plot at various times . I have been harvesting and some minimal weeding . I was most amused to see a squash plant climbing up the runner beans. I also changed nets on the top plot to lighter ones . I have at times been experimenting with male urine on crops and compost. I do think I see some positive results in certain areas. Burnt some dry branches today with a hose at the ready. All went well. I picked some tomatoes.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  



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