NEW GROWTH TREES ROCK AND WATER

NEW GROWTH TREES ROCK AND WATER

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. A new 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.


On page 3 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.
 These have been reprinted by kind Permission of the author. These articles and more can be found on his website: www.taiji.net  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 4 Photos from our recent trip to Berlin

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


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
26 th February 2014 planted a newly received grape vine and  placed some trays and pots which have been sown with vegetable seed amongst them Red Celery. I also sowed some Kenyan dwarf beans in a section of the polytunnel's  raised bed .
2nd March 2014  Sowed some lettuce seed in the polytunnel
8th March 2014
Spent much of the morning mowing in various parts of the allotment. I took of some netted covers off  early spring  planted onion sets to protect them from birds who tend to pluck them out the of the soil until they begin to show signs of growth. I have also brought some more seed trays from home. Yesterday I called into the school where I do voluntary work in their garden. I transferred some brassica as it looked rather sporadic planting. I discovered that if it's not too warm brassicae can be transferred. I also tided up somewhat .
14th march 2014
I have been rather busy so haven't had time to enter much,
The polytunnel pack arrived on Tuesday. I put the metal frame up on the same day. R has been busy working on the wooden sections and J helped with the cover. I put in more broadbean seedlings on the plot ad managed to sow one row of  peas. I will do more tomorrow and perhaps add some photos of the new polytunnel
15th March 2014
The second raised bed has been added in the new polytunnel by R. I sowed more peas, spread ash left by the bon fire, sowed more peas and prepared an area for sowing carrots. Below is an article in Hebrew sent to my old Kibbutz who have been discussing starting a communal garden. At some point I will translate it.


http://treesrockandwater.blogspot.com    Some text has been deleted from my allotment journal to make room for new text  and photos coming soon
.I recently wrote an article for the blog belonging to the kibbutz where I lived for 22 years .                                                                            
Basically the article above mentions that I heard that they have an interest in setting up a communal garden which I assume is for growing vegetables. I mention my passion for growing vegetables on the allotment site and that I have helped a variety of people with their plots though there are some I avoid as I am well aware that they will exploit good intentions. I go onto give a summary the latest events on the plot such as the new polytunnel and the raised beds inside. I go onto mention that there are mention that there are various things to encourage growth and deter pests such as companion planting. Animals, birds are mentioned and that in my opinion they behave differently in the various seasons with regards to what vegetables they might eat. That conditions are different in different. A report that I saw on Israeli TV showed that they spray a higher amount of chemical  in Israel than other places such as the US and there is an opinion that this could be a cause of autism. I mention that I don't use chemicals  and that I incurred a hospital stay having been seriously unwell   after a bout of spraying  on the kibbutz. I didn't wear a mask which I should have .I finish with an offer of help if needed from a distance .


19th March 2014
Yesterday I sowed carrots and parsnips in the soil and covered with fleece. It's a bit of a risk nd may have to resow later. I will have carrots and parsnip seedlings  as backup I set up a place for sowing today and sowed a number of  different   types of seed; I also worked in the netted tunnel which  has brassicae I hoed p the steps a bit spread slug pellets and plant food . That is all for now


23rd March 2014
The new polytunnel is just waiting for the back doors to be put on. Yesterday I completed filling the two beds  On R's suggestion I used a mix of compost with John Innes no1, sand, growmore and chicken pellets. In the second bed I included some recycled compost in order to compare. I am thinking of using one of the beds as a temporary brassicae nursery. I will sow seeds and then plant them out. but will first harden them off by gradually introducing . . Ires. I noticed some lettuce I had sown outside under  a cloche is ashowing through. On another note I have just discovered that I will be able to take over another plot I was quite concerned about space. Otherwise the old polytunnel is brimming with seed and salad stuff is coming through  in the raised beds.
 27th  March 2014
Clearance of the new plot is nearly finished. There was a huge amount particularly rubbish wood and metal. I still have bricks and slabs to clear. As' hail and rain stopped play' I potted up some red cabbage and greyhound seedlings. photos will soon be added.
                                                                                            
31rst March 2014
I am on the plots most days. Today I planted some late potatoes and some lettuce.  seed  After that I returned to digging the new plot


5th March
I have cleared and dug about half of the new plot. Once it's finished I will do a light dig again to look for bind weed. I have still been pulling out metal, bricks and wood out of the ground. On one post I had dug a huge pit and not managed to dislodge it so I cut it low using a hack saw and then covered it with a pot and then covered the stump with a plastic pot. I did the same with another post. Both are so deep the rotavator won't hit them. I will be getting a new rotavator.
Currently on the old plots I have planted out: Onions(sets sown last year), garlic (sown Last year), strawberries (from last year), Brassica (under a net Planted out last autumn), broadbeans, potatoes, peas, lettuce (under a cloche. Carrots, parsnips.
My first polytunnel has a variety of salad pots in the raised beds. There are also a variety of seedlings in trays and pots. It would take me ages to list all of them but just as an example there are brassica seedlings, courgettes, cucumber, celery etc., I will not be on the plot  until the 12 th April. Tomato seedlings are being kept in R's greenhouse .
   13th April 2014
The new polytunnel now has back doors . Sowed some purple tomatoes and spinach on the plot.
17th April
I am near the end of digging the new  plot. I have dug  each section at least twice. I have also being putting down bark chippings at the back of the plot as I have been told  that the back there is a path. Yesterday hoed up the potatoes as they were showing signs that they had been slightly affected by the cold.
21 April
The digging has been completed ! I am waiting for the recycled com

New plot; There are already some Brassicae planted under the net. Onions to the side which might hopefully also help  as a deterrent against pests. There is a row of potatoes  in the second section, chicory and fennel.



Yesterday planted tomato plants in the new polytunnel.
 


planted some Asturian Tree Cabbage today and decided to take a risk and planted some hardy melon seed outdoors. Usually I sow in pots and plant inside. It's all learning. On the oldest plot I sowed some French beans and lettuce between  a row of main crop potatoes.






   courgettes and flowers have been planted around the edges of the new plot . There are oca plants  at the lower end. In addition I have sown various vegetables in the other section.  Today 17th May I will be adding cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. I have also been raising the levels of the main path with wood chippings . I have also learnt more recently to be more cautious about watering young tomato and cucumber plant in the polytunnels and I have been watering every other day.  
30th May 2014
I haven't written for a while as I have been so busy with both old plots and the new one. I have already harvested cabbage from last years planting of spring cabbage. I have been busy planting up the polytunnels with tomatoes cucumbers and some melons. I am waiting for the rest of the melons to grow to a reasonable size. I filled up my barrels with comfrey and some water. I will use this as a fertilizer. I received a lot of compliments from people who visited my plots during the allotment plant sale. We have a new mower onsite and on sunday I will be giving a workshop on it's use as it is rather more robust. Often people are not aware of the basics.                                                                                         
13th June 2014
I haven't added any entries for quite a while as I have been busy with three plots plus two poly tunnels and helping others. The nice thing is that I have start to harvest. I recommend  radish white icicles. Very good cropper. You can now see flowers on some of the rows of potatoes. R recommended removing the flowers to improve the crop . I can see the sense. The tomatoes in the new polytunnel are growing very quickly. Must go.
                                                             
21rst June 2014
A lot of changes this month. Tomatoes and cucumbers in the polytunnel in flower. Harvested garlic and onions. Dug over the area and rotavated  .Started sowing.


















                                                                                                     
9th July 2014
I note that I haven't written anything for weeks as I have been so busy on the plot. Amongst so many other things I have harvested onions, garlic, dug up early potatoes, harvested beetroot and much more. I am receiving lots of compliments on the new plot and a small greenhouse is to be erected. On occasion I have assisted in the beehives. I will soon add some photos of the new plot.                                                                                                                                         
15th, July 2014
Everything is looking g good but had a disappointment. I had to pull out a large number of tomato plants. One can't know the cause but it probably didn't help that the leaves of  the tomatoes got wet.


18th July 2014 
have been planting more brassicae and sowing in between the rows as I did on the new plot. I moved the pond to the side to free up more land. I have started to prepare some ground on the new plot for a greenhouse on the new plot. 
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