Sunday, 13 January 2019

More muck, more digging!

So today I carried on digging over this patch I started last w/e. 
Removing lots of roots & weeds, now drying for burning next time.
So while I was busy, Jo got busy clearing around the base of the Gooseberry bushes & Apple trees and topped with plenty of manure. 
The fruit cage got the same treatment, cleared & several barrows full of manure to top the Currant beds off.
Another photo of the fruit cage, showing the Raspberries, Blueberries & Strawberry beds now topped off with loads of manure.

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian & Jo

Sunday, 6 January 2019

First Blog of 2019

Did more & more digging today, extended this patch up to the Rhubarb bed, there was a narrow path along side but always got weedy with nettles & ground elder! 
So glad its all dug out now.
We got a massive delivery of Horse Manure to our site, so got busy clearing the Strawberry beds, here by the shed and in the fruit cage too, and put a load of manure on top.
This raised bed by the greenhouse was partly cleared and more manure added. We will probably put salad crops here & spring onions.
The greenhouse bed, which is always very dry, got a load of well rotted manure as a topping too. 
Tomatoes & Peppers will love a dollop of muck!
But still plenty of manure to fill up our store. 

It will be used on the Potato bed when the chitted spuds are ready.
Can you spot the cheeky Robin, he was watching me digging over that patch! Bet the worms attracted him.
So after 5 hours on the plot we left just as it was getting dull & cold. 
But with a satisfying feeling we got loads done.

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian & Jo

Sunday, 30 December 2018

Last Blog of 2018

We spent a couple of hours today, clearing, pruning & muck spreading! 
The Gooseberry bush needed pruning, so Jo cut out quite a lot, leaving a bowl shape so air can circulate well.
We cleared the Rhubarb beds, removing all die-back foliage and weeds, then I put lots of well rotted manure on top, they will love it for spring growth.
Both Rhubarb beds treated the same, this bed has the Victoria variety.
It's time to prune the Apple trees, as dormant. 
The method I was taught was to cut a third off each branch to an outwards facing shoot & removing any that cross over another so to avoid branches rubbing together.
The Broad Beans are doing OK, we planted these a few months ago, so hoping for an early crop.

Thanks for reading/returning. Lets hope 2019 is a good year for growing! 
Happy New Year, Ian & Jo

Sunday, 18 November 2018

A few weekends on the plot

 Back on 28th Oct, I dug up the last of the Picasso spuds from the earlier planted ones. 

These will make great chips, mash and jackets and they did.
While clearing-up, we always save quite a few canes and my Top Tip: store them upright with the end that was stuck in the ground, uppermost so they dry out.
So on this October day its was lovely, you can see the blue sky through the foliage.

So today (18 Nov) I managed to burn all the stuff we had pulled up over the last few weeks and dried, including weeds! 

We are lucky that our site is surrounded by farm land, so can have bonfires without bothering anyone.
We had 3 rows of Picasso spuds left, planted a few weeks later than the ones I dug up at the end of Oct (see above). 

I hoped the yield would be good, to last us up to Xmas, but sadly not, this is all I dug up from just one 10ft/3mtr row! 
I know it was a very dry summer & lots of folk were complaining about poor yields. 

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian & Jo.

Sunday, 14 October 2018

A quick visit but got lots done

 Well a bit drizzly, but we still had to visit the plot, mainly to check it over, put our 2019 seed order in & plant a few crops we started at home.
We planted: 
36 Broad Beans 'Aquadulce Claudia' from Kings Seeds, a winter hardy type.
Also planted a few rows of Spinach, not sure of the variety yet.
And some red & white Onions too.
So while there I dug up some more Picasso spuds for the weeks ahead meals. 
And harvested the last of the Cox's Apples.

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian & Jo

Friday, 28 September 2018

First Allotment Blog for a while

Well its been a busy few months, not been to Allotment much, due to holiday & wedding in Canada and Daughter moving out!

So today I visited and dug up some Picasso potatoes.

Also dug up some Charlotte potatoes

And picked the last of the Autumn Raspberries & Tomatoes from the greenhouse.

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian & Jo

Saturday, 28 July 2018

More harvesting done.

Dessert gooseberries, now made into jam. 

We will get more each year, so might try wine in 2019.
Charlotte potatoes, to have with a pie for dinner :) Others have said the yield is not good, but ours seem OK.
More gooseberries picked, the red as jam, the green now frozen and might be jam or wine.

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian & Jo