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 pole dancing

On the Plot and the Rest

Earlier entries have been erased to provide more space 
29th June 2018
Japanese Cucumbers have been planted . For the whilst all the tomatoes are being watered by drip irrigation except for the occasional topup of feed. A tea of comfrey and sting nettles. ,
I sorted out the fire area . Leaving an area around it even if it's decided not to burn. I also sorted out the container for green stuff which I donated as people were throwing green stuff straight on the fire area.
Both the polytunnel and greenhouse have a system of wires to support the cucumbers /melons. Lots to harvest but dug potatoes  and sowed a row of Komatsuna, a spicy spinach.

6th July 2018
A  lot of gaps because I have  been so busy with sowing .....\Most of the onion crop is out. Very good crop as are the potatoes. I sowed some unusual radish. Apparently radish is the 'in' thing for chefs. Harvested Tree spinach and stir fried it with 'elephant garlic' . very nice.
14th July 2018
I have been too busy write . A lot to harvest. Was pleased to see a Melon in the polytunnel. Put in nets for the plants (cucumbers and melons ) to grow on. Went onto support the tomatoes growing outside Using poles with wire tied between them.
 22nd July 2018
I have been so busy on site with tasks and harvesting that i have not updated my blog for quite a while,
Unfortunately some seed sown in the soil hasn't germinated. I put it down to lack of rainwater which has a different quality. I cleared the area . rotavated and soaked it. I have resown the area. I have also been sowing cabbage seed in trays to be transplanted as seedlings to a new netted area on the other side of the unfinished Brassica cage .  There are already some seedlings inside the cage which I ordered online just to get a 'start'.  Though I have harvested I have been quite unhappy with the size . Last year was much better with regards to Brassica. The net around the cage is not secured . I presume the friend assisting will complete it at some point. I found caterpillars on some of the Brussels Sprouts and went about squashing them. I also found some black fly on some of the climbing bean plants . I have been spraying with soapy liquid . I will have to get a new sprayer as the current one is not working!
The Courgettes/Marrows are prolific and so are the Cucumbers. Harvested some nice beetroot and roasted it.
Potatoes and Chard have been very good. I also have a melon growing in the polytunnel. I have spent a lot of time tying back cucumbers and tomatoes and deleafing tomatoes and pruning some leaves on the Cucumbers.

23rd July 2018
Dug over another plotholders plot as she has an injury . I also brought compost made from recycled waste. pruned Tomatoes and cucumbers more. Tied and supported some Japanese Cucumbers given to me by another plotholder . The Cucumber I harvested last week from the greenhouse is known as a White Cucumber and originates from Turkey. Harvested Vegetables. The other day boiled and roasted Beetroot.

27th July 2018
This is a bit of a catch up as i haven't had much time. Wednesday I hosted a U3A group in . We focused on pruning Tomatoes and Cucumbers . What I was trying to impart that there are people who are very definite that something must be done one way. I took members of the group to  look at various plots to look at various ways of pruning plus mentioning an American on a Utube video who doesn't prune at all.
I have sowed lettuce and other on the top plot and decided to remove a crop know as Chinese Asparagus Leaf as i thought I could best use the area for more useful crops. It is supposed to rain at some point because I do believe there is a difference in the quality. rain water will speed up Germination.
I have removed some of the Cauliflower from the Brassicae cage . A very disappointing crop this year . I think it maybe also due to the cage being unfinished (a friend was building it when he has time. DIY is not my forte)  and various pests intruding . Last week I squashed caterpillars on the Brussels Sprouts. Unfortunately they had done some damage.  I am replanting a new Brassicae area.
On Monday i will be visiting a plot belonging to a member of the U3A group.

29th July 2018
Yesterday I supported the tomatoes at the back of the polytunnels with 8 foot canes to enable them to grow instead of cutting the tops at the fourth truss. I want to compare. There is also a row on the main part of the plot which I have pruned less. depending on the amount of fruit.
I pulled out some cucumber plants in the front polytunnel as they seemed past their best and I still have more . In the space left I planted tomato plants though usually it is not the thing to have tomatoes and cucumbers in the same area as cucumbers need more damp conditions. All the Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Melons , cucamelons are on a drip system though when it rains I use a watering can to feed and when it is raining outside.

31 July 2018
I planted out some Kohl Rabi seedlings which I had grown from seed in the ground but  had left for a long time. Getting a good crop of 'white cucumbers of supposedly Turkish origin. Retied the vines. I worked on the lower plot on the Brassicae cage cutting the  overlapping netting and stapling the netting to the wood. i decided I had to move it on.

I have cut the Brassica cage overlap and closed  on all sides except for the door frame except for the door frame which still has to be built by a fellow plotholder who is good in DIY. Raised the inside on the netting on the netting for the new brassica area, Worked on my wife's raised bed. cut of some cucumber leaves and supported the vines. The rotovator has been fixed . I am looking ata new storage facility.

Planted 60 sturdy Brassica plants . Brocolli, Cabbage January King and Giant cauliflower. Moved the compost bin on the lower plot and refilled it . Burnt the dry stuff in the fire area as if it gets too high it could damage the lower plot . It's out now

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
Planted Leek plants that I received via ebay . 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


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