Saturday, 18 February 2017

Things are a stirring on the Allotment

 Was clearing up a few pots and containers and look who was sheltering in the dampness, this Frog and 2 others!
Decided to dig up another row of Harlequin Potatoes, still keeping well in the ground since planting last year.
As I said things are stirring, well the Rhubarb is poking through, wont be long now.
And the Onions I put in last autumn have over wintered well and put on more growth.

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian & Jo

Monday, 13 February 2017

Potatoes to chit & garlic to get started

My 2nd Blog of 2017 and not much happening on the plot. 
But a good time to get some planting started. 

1st early 'Winston' and 2nd early 'Charlotte' potatoes arranged in egg trays for 'chitting'.  
2 Garlic bulbs, only cost 80p. 
I removed the outer, papery layer & separated the cloves.
I got 21 cloves, each one will make another Garlic bulb crammed with cloves. 
So I prepared a cell tray, by filling with moistened multi purpose compost, using a dibber I made a hole in each cell and popped a clove (blunt end down) into each cell. This will give them a good start with a good root structure, ready for planting out when its a bit warmer.

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian & Jo.

Monday, 2 January 2017

New Year & last years stats

Well its now 2017 & we've had a wonderful Christmas. Plenty of veg still to harvest and our Christmas dinner was all the better for our own, Sprouts, Leeks, Potatoes & Parsnips.


But we have also had some bumper fruit crops over the last year:
Rhubarb, 78lb 8oz.
Gooseberries, 22lb 12oz. 
Black & Redcurrants, 20lb. 
Strawberries, 14lb 12oz. 
Raspberries, 10lb 4oz. 
Blackberries, Loganberries, Blueberries etc about 1lb. 

And lots of Apples!


At home our Hens have been laying too, a total of 555 in 2016.
They are having a rest at the moment, but will start again in the spring.

Happy New Year everyone.

Thanks for reading/returning, Ian & Jo 

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Too cold to dig!

But our 2017 seeds have arrived.

Lots of new veg to grow.
Flowers too.

We are trying Hops for the 1st time, so keep checking to see how we get on.

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian & Jo.

Monday, 21 November 2016

A quick look & harvest of goodies

Such a cold damp day, so just a quick visit to check it over & harvest some more veg. 

Finished digging this row of Cara potatoes, plenty came up, good size too, still 2 rows left, so plenty for winter meals. 

Will make lovely roasties for dinner & chips on Monday.
The garlic I planted ages ago have taken well, also the broad beans I put in over the last few weeks look healthy. 

All these were started off at home in cells to get a root structure started, will also give them a head start in the cold weather.
Sunday Harvest: 
Pumpkin,
Leeks,
Kale,
Squash,
Butternut Squash,
Cara Potatoes too.

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian & Jo.

Monday, 31 October 2016

Monday on the plot

First job, to extend this patch next to the Garlic I put in a few weeks ago. 
Then plant out some Broad Beans I started off in cells at home. 
I found quite a few Lady Christl potatoes too while digging over this patch.
Another job that needed doing, cutting down the sweetcorn as it had finished. 
So a good excuse for a bonfire, there was a pile of weeds to burn too!
So while I was down on the plot, I did a spot of harvesting: 
Leeks, 
Parsnips, 
Last of the Cox's apples 
& some Cara potatoes, for chips tonight.
Was such a lovely day today, so I took a pic-nic lunch there too, was lovely just listening to the birds.

If you were wondering why I didn't go on Sunday, well I went to Brick Live at the N.E.C in Birmingham a Lego show organised by Lego fans and it was great (my other hobby). 

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian

Sunday, 23 October 2016

More Onions planted

 Before I show you the Onions, take a look at this lovely red Cox's apple. 
Almost ready to pick, we've had some great apples this year and with some careful pruning this winter, crops will be better next year.
This Pumpkin growing amongst the Rhubarb (no we didn't plant it there, it trailed its way there) will make a lovely soup for winter. 
I just love this vivid red Chard growing amongst all the green, we have it growing in a few places.

And finally the Onions, these are the 'Red Winter' that I started off in cells just like the ones I planted last weekend and have done them just the same way.
So that's all the Onions in now about 100 whites & now 90 reds, we will have plenty come harvest time next year!

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian & Jo