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:  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.

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.

22nd June 2014.
I can't mention all the various things I do when I am on the plot and sometimes I multi task. Some of the main things were pulling out the brussels sprouts plants which showed lack of development. e.g sprouts bursting and not developing. I also removed courgette plants. and planting in the polytunnel where some cucumber plants have been removed.

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.
8th August
I have been so busy I just haven't had time to write updates. However the greenhouse is up thanks to the efforts of J and R what I have learnt I won't be going into business erecting greenhouses. it oesn't seem to be my forte'. I will use it primarily for sowing seed. I have also been working with R clearing a plot for a couple. It backs onto one of my plots. I also moved my natural pond.

17th August
The greenhouse is filling up slowly but surely. Transferred some aubergine plants to the raised bed in the greenhouse bed
. It's rather late but it's my way of having a bit of fun and trying things out. I also sowed some mizuna and other salad leaf . I harvested and cleared some brassicae from the  new plot. Cleared some potatoes from the communal compost bins as they can contaminate. Dug out and spread compost טוב                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
25th august
As can be expected someone threw the potatoes back into the compost box before I could collect them. On the oldest plot I have cleared quite a lot ready for winter onion sets. I dug out some old compost and spread it. I have also been sowing in the greenhouse and added some pak choy thinnings which I planted into the greenhouse bed.
29th August 2014
R an J fitted the louvre window which arrived yesterday I am now waiting for a proper stand and potting table. I sowed various things in pots including Japanese cabbage and onions which were given to me by a Japanese woman which I am to share with her. Sowed some choy sum in the greenhouse bed and outside. I sowed onions that grow over the winter on the new plot and then covered them with a net to protect them from being pricked out by birds. I can't possible mention all the things I do but this gives a flavour.

14 th Sept 2014
I have been away for five days on a trip to the Padua (Padova) area, Italy. An organized trip to see Villas Gardens. The highlight for me was a garden Le Paradis des Papillions Their blog is:  well worth a look. 
Today amongst other things I dug out the sweet corn though some had been attacked by squirrels I can't complain. A Japanese pointed out that I had some Japanese squash. I gave her one. She has given me quite a lot of seed and I have returned many to her as seedlings and kept a few back to try. I can't possibly keep up with all my activities though at least it gives a flavour.
30th September 2014
I had to do some catching up having been away particularly with weeding. I took out the rotovator and rotovated some areas on the first plot. Garlic was sown on one of the areas rotovated including Elephant garlic. I gapped up some young kale plants at the front of the plot to make more room. Not something one should do but I am prepared to take chances. I sowed various new things in the new polytunnel such as shisu a Japanese vegetable. I am prepare to take chances as cucumber and tomato plants are removed gradually even with the low light levels at this time of year.  I have some boards coming to raise the level of the first plot and I have decided to turn  over an area on the new area to grow dahlias next year.

17th oct 2014
I have been so busy even now to find time to write. Today I did some serious clearing of one of the polytunnels and sowed salad plus some other things such as propping up pepper plants. I read somewhere that they have a capacity to be perennials. I have also noticed some tomatoes grow back the following year! With another plotholder painted the first coat on boards 10 of which will go round my first plot.
Sowed almost two hundred onion sets and then covered them with a net against birds pecking at them . Once the green stem shows I remove the net. Sowed some cabbage seed and cress in the greenhouse.
21rst October\; The boards to make up the raised bed are now spaced around the plot. Pruned the most vigorous grape vine. Today I did quite a bit of clearing of the first tunnel and planted onion seedling, cauliflower and sowed lettuce. weeded the brassicae section on the second plot and dug up some Parsnip which were a good size including a huge one.
7th Nov 2014
It's been a while since my last post. A lot has happened. I took out a lot of seedling onions that seem to have been affected by something and had gone limp. I resowed sets on the new plot after preparing the soil. I had spread and dug in a fair amount of horse manure. I have also been sowing salad in the polytunnels . There was a sharp frost yesterday and the cucamelons (experimenting with out of season sowing). were affected. I lit the heater and have order another one for the new polytunnel. I am having difficulty loading photos on this blog so I have loaded some on facebook.

8th Nov 2014
I have cut down the Dahlias and collected the corms. Despite some of the setbacks from the frost salad is coming through in the polytunnels. I sowed some more carrots this time in a pot and the back of the new tunnel. Again a bit of experimenting with low light levels. Transplanted lots more red cabbage seedlings in the  green house. I now have a heater for the new polytunnel.

21rst November 2014
These days I can't seem to get round to updating the blog even though a lot has changed on the plot . A lot of clearances, A wooden frame has been erected , with the help of R,
 around my first plot . It has shortened my plot a bit and I am having reservations whether to do it on my other plots and it is an expensive way of doing things . The cost of the boards and the nails. Now that I have seen how to do it. I will also put in a path through the middle when I obtain two more boards. I have sowed various in the polytunnels and I have paraffin heaters both in the greenhouse .
23rd November 2014
The day was just non stop rain until the evening. I went to the site because of a frost warning. I wanted to check the heaters. Water was pouring down part of the new plot into the back half of the Greenhouse. It was flowing via a trench I had dug for Runner Beans. Not a clever move. I have learned from that. I worked fast to fill it in and managed to divert the water also by digging shallow trenches and creating a higher level around the greenhouse using wood chippings. I managed to divert the flow. I continued this morning 24th Nov I brought more chippings and also dug trenches which I shall fill with shingle. On a positive note salad is doing well in the new polytunnel. I have also been clearing the parsnip area amongst other things.