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. He is particularly emphasizing Kun Fa training and breakouts . For more info go to his website
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.
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.
Some of my videos 

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 am pleased to say that I have sold my old rotavator . I took time to teach the purchaser how to use it and I provided some technical information.
Today with the assistance of some builders I had my new rotavator transported to the allotment . I tried it out on one of my plots.
I have been given access to a greenhouse which has an electricity supply, Which I don't have in my greenhouse or polytunnels. I sowed some exhibition onions. I also sowed leeks and some tomato seed which is early but I had itchy fingers.
t early for the last two. I had to sort a lot in his greenhouse  as it was rather chaotic. The area at the back was in a bad way so I dug over much of it though it needs another dig. I also pulled out old corn,
I ordered some field grown Kale and Red Cabbage plants. They look strong . I will plant them out.

4th Jan 19
Due to the plants having been field grown I thought I could risk planting them out which I have done on the top. As I felt there was adequate space I allowed for wider spacing 18 inches.
I left net laying on top  but I will knock in posts so a to raise the net.
 6th Jan 2019
Posts have been knocked in and net laid on top
Dug over more ground in front of fellow plot holders greenhouse who is allowing me to use his greenhouse as it has electrics.

10th January 2019
Yesterday I cleared and  topped up the first  raised bed no 1 which is used by my wife. I also cleared the second bed which will be used  by friend and added a layer of compost. I have completely emptied the communal compost boxes.
I rearranged pots and trays behind the greenhouse on staging  and moved a waterbutt . I took some red Cabbage up to John's greenhouse which has electricity. They haven't really put on significant growth (whereas the cauliflower have) and I wanted to try to give a boost.

24th January 2019
Despite the lack of entries I have been visiting the allotment. I repotted the onion seedlings in John's greenhouse and  haven't finished as there was a lot of bind weed. Yesterday I discovered that the top bar and some of the net on the 'cage' had caved in .……………………………………………………………..…………..…………………………….

Last Sunday I visited an allotment in East Finchley . I had sold my previous smaller rotavator to a classmate . He had a mishap and dropped the rotavator  . I tried to get it started without success . I called a mobile mechanic that we have used . The rotavotor is working
I wasn't onsite the last two days . I visited today to decide with R where to place the load of manure due next Friday.  Discovered that the cage that R built with my assistance is in a bad way due to the weight of snow .It will have to be rebuilt.  am considering using it as an opportunity to move it on to the other half of the plot , I think I had a bad year, last year due to the proximity to the trees. .
I have ordered some Asparagus crowns which I have never grown due to it not being and immediate crop. I shall also grown Gobo or Burdock which I grew a few years ago. Other than that there wasn't too much I could do due to snow still on the ground and the cool weather.
 My slug/snail traps arrived. I purchased some beer for them. I want to try and stop using [pellets.
Friday I have arranged for a trailer load of manure . I see it as almost a 'religious event. 

Sowed Cauliflower and pepper seed (sweet). I left them in the greenhouse that has electricity on a heat pad. Put down Beer traps for slugs and snails. Hopefully these will be efficient  and I can stop using slug pellets. Repaired the Cage that had caved in due to snow .It still needs work as I am short on wood and it needs straightening . R , a fellow plotholder has offered to help . His DIY skills are better. Manure delivered by tractor and trailer from a farm is due on Friday. After spreading I will rotavate it in . 
 8th February 2019
The weather wasn't too great wind and rain. The affects of storm Erik . Other parts of the country were worse off. I was there to wait for a manure delivery but having arrived early I sowed some seed . Tomatoes that I had taken the seed from shop bought Tomatoes that had come from Mexico. I have done this before. It maybe a little early but I also sowed some Aubergine and something new for me Sea Cabbage.
I also moved some fresh manure to the bottom plot . I thought I would use it to make a 'hotbox' . To use it as a source of heat underneath a frame. The manure arrived when he said .iit would sssssss
12th February 2019
Have finished spreading manure on my plots . I filled a raised bed belonging to friends with soil and manure. At some point I will rotavate my plots
The other day pricked out onion seedlings into pots. and cabbage seedlings. To day filled wheelbarrows of manure for fellow plotholder . Rotavated T's plots and then rotavated in manure on my plots. Checked my Aubergine, Tomato , and other in J's greenhouse. I am using it because of the electrics.
25th Feb 2019
With the unusually warm weather all my seeds are germinating well. Seeds I sowed in the polytunnel and lay dormant are poking through. I have planted more garlic cloves and replanted onions that had been growing over the winter .I gapped up rows to make more room. Have worked on the cage which was damaged by the snow , It's not what it was but it does the job.

28th February 20
A few days ago I sowed Parsnips and then covered the row with polythene. A bit of a risk  .. Rearranged the greenhouse . Added a trestle table.

6th March 2019
I have been sowing and taking seeds that need heating to another plotholders greenhouse as he has electrics . Planted Red cabbage grown from seed . I took down much of the cage including the net as it keeps breaking .
7th March 2019
Apart from other smaller jobs and planted Strawberries,  I have been transferring the cage on the lower plot to the other half and it will be smaller in size which may stabilize it. I still have quite a bit of work to do. I wanted to transfer it as I felt that, last year, Brassicae suffered from the shade of the trees and possibly the tree roots in various ways.
 10th March 2019
Today I vacated the greenhouse belonging to a fellow plotholder which has electrics as I felt it better to rely on my own greenhouse which does conserve natural heat. If the weather suddenly changes for the worse I will just have to start again.
I have completed moving and the vegetable cage taking into account the thing that didn't hold previously. I noticed that my fellow plotholder who initially built the cage has damage to his cages so I have used a different design and as I felt more confident building it myself I 'made up a door. Now all it needs is the net which I am now doing by searching the websites

17th March 2019
pulled out some Brassica which were eaten by snail . I will have to re establish beer traps. Meanwhile had to resort to slug pellets . Lots of lettuce and pak choy in the polytunnels . Picked some . Sowed more Brassica in trays. Nearly finished vegetable cage. On Friday I took a U3A group around.

21rst March 2019
I have planted some Brassicae , Red cabbage which I grew from seed .  Re established the beer traps . I placed them in holes in the soil to stop them being blown by the wind . . Sowed various other seed in the greenhouse . Planted out two fruit bushes in the lower plot . Potatoes have been plant out behind the polytunnels. I dug over again two areas on the lower plot as I felt I needed to turn in the manure more.
Dug a trench for runner or other climbing beans and filled it with compost. I then covered it with soil and a set up canes. Sowed two rows of pak choy on the upper plot and covered to give some protection.
Since returning I have sown a pak choy and Kol rabi  outside I have covered them with a net.. Despite the fluctuations in temperature the pak choy has germinated. Turned over the soil in the newly built cage . I am harvesting salad and pak choy leaf from the polytunnel.  I have ready parsnip seedlings in trays ready to plant out. I have never done . In past years i have sown direct into the soil
removed hoops that were holding the net over the pak choy and kol rabi (which haven't germinated yet ) . I am fast coming to the conclusion that seeds often just wait for their chance ad then germinate when the time is right. Built a wooden frame instead . Put some Brassica into a cold frame having removed them from the greenhouse. Planted onion seedlings on the lower plot.

Planted out kelsai Onion Seedlings in a wider spacing than usual . I stood on boards to avoid soil compaction. Checked some 'of the drip irrigation on the raised beds...………...………………......……................……………...………......….........………………...…….........

5/6/7. April 2019
Sowed some rows of carrots , root parsley, radish with a melon taste (hopefully). I am taking chances with the weather as it is  but surprisingly the parsnips are showing. Planted another fruit bush, Blackberry. I also planted Asparagus crowns. In the greenhouse  . I have sowed more trays with sweetcorn ( a bit late though I have some coming through) and celeriac. All of this without extra heating . So rather a risk. I decided not to use paraffin this year.
I have been checking the drip pipes on the raised bed and also lifted some loose slabs behind the raised beds in preparation for cementing.

 10th April 2019
I have sowed more seeds including Okra . It has been cold and some plants seed to be slowing up in the greenhouse . I visited a fellow plotholder whose greenhouse I used earlier had turned on a fan heater . I took advantage and brought some trays and pots with tomato plants and other up. I notified him by email.


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