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 see the link 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

24th/25th May 2015,
I can ony give you a taster of the last few days. My time was broken up somewhat with showing friends aroun who came for the plant sale and two people who came specifically to see the site, my plots and to learn. During the last two days besides the ususal jobs of watering. I planted unusual cucumbers in the first  polytunnel, Courgettes and Squash outside. I rotivated the back section of plot no 2. Planted out Celeriac. Weeded the whole plot. Today I wheelbarrowed and spread chippings and spread them at the back of the plot and along the side between my plot and the one in front. I also dug a ditch to stop weeds from the adjacent plot as  the weeds are stretching over.  I also weeded the onion patch on plot 1 That's  all for now

27th May 2015
I am pleased to say all three plots have been weeded. Of course it's an ongoing thing. I also edged and took out the overhanging grass on the new plot. I also cleared some more space for sowing where I had planted Dahlias as some had not come  through. On the first plot I sowed some Chinese Kailaan broccoli in 'nursery bed to be transplanted when they come through. The new polytunnel is now planted up with a variety of cucumbers and Okra on one side and tomatoes and a few melon on the other side. In the first tunnel I pulled out broccoli which had been growing through the winter to make space for more tomatoes. There are sweet potatoes planted on the other side though they are not looking great at the moment. Sometimes it'  a matter of patience. Outside I am planning to sow lettuce in two different places  in semi shade on the second plot and in full sun on the first plot in a more exposed place to test Michael Wong's theory in his book 'Growing for flavour' that there is a difference in taste. That's all for now

28th May 2015
Sowed more lettuce (two types) and planted Oca on the new plot. I sprayed on the all the plots a solution of seaweed extract and dispersible aspirin as an experiment as suggested by Michael Wong. Next on the agenda is to set up a Carrot Fly barrier barrier on some of the rows of carrots
1rst June 2015
Yesterday sowed radish. Today I waited for a delivery of compost made from recycled waste for all plotholders. I went onto take compost to my plots and to pile it up for future use.
30th June 2015
A whole month has passed and I have been so busy I haven't logged anything. All the plots are overflowing with crops. Cucumbers are growing up wires in the polytunnels. Tomatoes are also there with a sprinkling of Okra and one Kiwi plant (the other Kiwi is outside. Outside the vines have burst into life and I recently tied them back and may well do a light pruning. I have harvest many of the onions and hung them up. There are still more plus Garlic and some Shallots. I have harvest a few early potatoes but shall wait for the rest to put on more size.. various Brassicae are also being harvested when needed. That's all for now

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.