This blog shows my activities and other people's initiatives. There are also articles that have been contributed.
Sunday, 31 March 2013
On the Plot and the Rest
Photos from the garden Many entries have been erased as I have found that the page can't hold so many entries
I27th May 2017
There have been long gaps. it's the nature of the game at this time of year. More recently. apart from the daily jobs including watering other people's plots during their absence and weekly mowing.
I planted out Seakale.. I have also been planting tomato plants in an out.
2nd June 2017
We have been away on a tour of Gardens of Kent and Sussex. I have been back on the the site. There was a lot to catch up particularly in the greenhouse and polytunnels as plants have shot up. From haing a slow start with cucumbers I am now overrun with plants. I shall plant at different stages to see if I can extend the season as suggested by R. Some tomato plant are beginning to fruit and there are an assortment of unusual cucumbers. People have been making comments about the gigantic leaves of the Red Cabbage as seen above. i was worried they wouldn't really produce a good head because of excess manure in the ground but there are signs of heads firm. There are two green pointed cabbage in the back polytunnel and they are showing good heads. I also did some mowing of communal areas plus my own plots.I also sowed direct in a raised tub - carrots with beating the carrot fly in mind. As the carrot fly does not fly high. I also sowed direct some more leeks Northern lights a fairly new strain. This year I have engaged in interplanting between crops the lettuce I sowed between the potatoes and the Chinese Spinach is coming through with a gusto. My next job is to expose more of the onion bulbs to the sun. and sowing Shiso a Japanese salad type and good in stir fries . Red Orach i similar.
There haven't been many entries as we have been away. There is a lot to harvest and onions/garlic to hang up . I had to catch up with weeding and tying tomatoes . there is still more work. I did get an email from someone I helped on another allotment site mentioning the problems with bind weed. At the time it was obvious they thought I was 'off the wall' with my emphasis on digging and clearing. I think now they have realized there is a 'method to my madness' I explained that I had learned from my own mistakes in our garden which all those years back I didn't realize the importance of clearing bindweed. My contention is if you want to use a 'no dig' method you still have to clear at first.
27th June 2017
Many Onions and garlic have been hung up. I still have more to dig up. Have lightly dug over those areas and sowed other crops. Washed the polytunnel covers using a broom and soap to remove algae.
Harvested first squash and courgette. The first cucumber was a bit bitter. i will have to look at that. i will leave the next one longer. I have decided to resow an area on the top plot there are too many gaps between crops and they are not developing at the pace I would expect. Did some mowing on peoples plots and in common parts. Sorted out a delivery of chippings.