This blog shows my activities and other people's initiatives. There are also articles that have been contributed.
The photo shows the garden in early May 2013

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
On Page 1a  please note this page has been changed and will be used for summaries of exhibitions and films. An article can be found on this page by John Boyd on one of the most recent exhibitions at the British Library on the Power  and uses of Propaganda.
Go to page 2 There are articles by John Boyd on Democracy and the EU and a video on the subject..
I have just added a statement by the campaign against Euro- federalism
A variety of articles are posted on my blog they do not necessarily reflect the blog author's views.

Page 2a
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 there is an article by Paul Brecher. my instructor, 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.
There is now a new article by kind permission of Paul Brecher. This article can also be found on his 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.

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. I  am intending visiting the community in October and will write an article with photos. More can be seen on page 6.
Under this article there is an article explaining The Israeli Kibbutz
Page 8 There is an explanation of the Shaw Trust, ap
More articles wanted on a variety of subjects. I hold the right to refuse articles I consider inappropriate and likely to cause offence.

On the Plot

 Many entries have been erased as I have found that the page will not hold a large amount of information

5th July 2015
Lots to harvest. yesterday sprayed everything with a cocktail of soluble
 aspirin and seaweed extract something I read about in a book by James Wong. A trial with observation. Decided to build a an additional small bed in the greenhouse. I can always remove it in the spring.
14th July 2015,
Lots of work has been done since the last entry including a lot of harvesting. A few days ago I put in Red Cabbages seedlings not something I normally do now but I thought I'd see how they develop..
23rd July 2015
There have been lots of changes and I couldn't begin to list them all. I am very pleased with the Flat cabbage and will be sowing more so there is a follow on. They have produced large heads and so far are clean of insects. Apart from a job I did for the site I worked on the Tomatoes inside and out taking of unneeded leaves. The tomatoes are starting to ripen. After levelling soil on the new plot I sowed Pak Choi, Salad Leaf, Radichio. Dug some Potatoes for a neighbour.

A lot has happened since the last entry. I couldn't possibly list all of it. I have harvested a lot of potatoes and other crops. Unfortunately the climbing beans were sown rather too late and I just removed the structure and plats as little progress was being made. Otherwise there is an  enormous amount of produce. Planted some Brussels  sprout plants that I ordered on ebay. as I didn't really manage to sow my own this year. Today I hope to find time to prepare ground for Cauliflower plants,
8th Sept
It's been a while since I last wrote due to having so much to do. A lot of harvesting has taken place and onion sets which will grow over the winter have been sown. I have been sowing both in the greenhouse and greenhouse. Something new for me was sowing mixed salad in a shallow tray as  micro veg. This has proved worthwhile. Recently I planted cauliflower plants and added brassica collars to a number of brassica crops as I have had an infestation of caterpillars which I have been diligently squashing.
19th Sept 2015
It's been a while since I logged in. I have just been too busy. Lots of crops have been cleared and I have been deliberating on what I am not going to grow next year and replace with different crops. One of them is Tree cabbage or just a few and less Potatoes as we have far too many. I am in the process of planting flat cabbage which I grew from seed and onion sets. I cleared the outdoor Tomatoes as they were infected by Blight though the indoor are fine. It seems they are better in pots and keeping the door closed to avoid the airborne disease. I am inundated with cucumbers!
25th October 2015
Haven't logged in for ages. I have been away and too busy also with the garden. I have built wire netting around the bananas and put straw in. I may add fleece as well. I have also started to  collect  the red bananas to store indoors as they are more prone to cold.
Winter preparations have started on the plots and  the tunnels have been cleared and resown with salad. The Greenhouse is full of salad stuff. Otherwise I still have plenty of veg outdoors.
10th November 2015,
This has been a time for clearing and weeding. I did also rearrange the greenhouse. Yesterday despite the soft earth I weeded between the onions and edged  the sides. 
20th November. 2015
With the strong winds that we had I found the  door of the greenhouse on the ground with the panes out and another roof pane out. I managed to return them and now have more butterfly clips which I shall add to strengthen the panes. I also dug up all the parsnips as I wanted the ground clear to spreard compost made from waste which is due to arrive on the site quite soon. I also have seaweed extract which I will try on the soil and in compost.
24th November 2015
Today I waited for a delivery of 14 ton of compost which arrived. Before that I harvested the oca  and  collected the tops for compost.. I also cleared some of the Radish patch as there were some black radish types which I could only think they are black Spanish Radish.. I moved a large number of wheelbarrow loads.
29th November 2015
I ordered some 'show' onion seeds (which have been bred for larger size). I will sow them in December in the greenhouse. I may even add another heater during the initial period. I also sowed lettuce seed and oriental salad in a 'low' raised bed. This is definitely not a guaranteed success. I added ,beforehand, compost from gro bags which has proved to be helpful in inducing germination rather than using other combinations. I can't explain why this is the case other than what is added to the compost.