Sunday, 18 February 2018

February 2018 update 2

The pond we cleared of tall grasses and overgrown lily pads in January now has lovely clear water, but no sign of Frogs yet, hopefully next month we will see frog spawn.
 Jo dug over this raised bed and I added some used mushroom compost. We will use this bed for some salad crops. 

We will need to re-do the Asparagus bed aswell as its full of Ground Elder & other persistant weeds! 
So that horse manure I collected will be useful

If you remember last time this patch was full of dried weeds etc. Ready to burn......
......Well I managed to burn the lot today, on a clear patch of ground so there was no chance of harming any sleeping Hedgehogs, I didn't find any though.
So not a bad 3 hours of work done today, it was almost warm too.
We did stop for a cuppa & cake at lunchtime.

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian & Jo

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

February 2018 update

 Well its been a very cold, wet and windy start to 2018.

So we haven't been down much, except to dig up some spuds left in the ground and to top up the compost bins with kitchen veg waste and chicken waste from the hen house.
But we did do some clearing on Sunday last and now have plenty of dry matter ready for another bonfire. 
I wont just set light to the dry stuff, but will move it to a clear spot, just incase a Hedgehog is sleeping underneath!
So on Wednesday last I went to the local stables and filled 12 sacks with horse manure, that half filled our holding pen.
I returned today and filled another 12 bags with manure. So our pen is now full!
All that muck will do our veggies good.

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian & Jo

Sunday, 14 January 2018

First post of 2018

 Spent a couple of hours today, mostly clearing up. 
We cut back all the over grown marsh grass from around the pond, it looks alot better for it too. We also cut back all the Raspberries and we spotted some new growth poking through. 
We cleared the Rhubarb bed, as we want to split each as they are getting too big. 
There are 3 large root clumps!
So all that clearing up meant we had to have a bonfire. 
We had plenty of weeds drying so all that went on the pyre.
So in between the clearing I dug up some more Cara potatoes. 
So its roasties tonight & chips tomorrow, I'm sure we will have mash sometime in the week too.  
So a good start to the year, we did a bit last weekend too, including pruning the Apple trees, so today wasn't the 1st visit.

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian & Jo

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Happy Christmas

Today, xmas eve, I went to the plot to dig up Parsnips, Potatoes & cut a few stalks of Sprouts, all for Christmas day dinner.
The allotment is looking very bleak as most things have died back now, the Onions & Garlic are doing well & I have a list of jobs for January to do.

So Happy Christmas to all my readers, old & new and a very Happy New Year.

Thanks for reading/returning, Ian & Jo.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

November update

These are the only Pumpkins that made it. 

Smaller than the ones you carve up for Halloween but tastier. 
Not a bad harvest of Cara potatoes, we have left plenty in the ground, where they will keep, so we dig them up as we need them. 

Cara are good for Jackets, Roasties & Chips.
In this patch where we had Broad Beans, Onions & Beetroot, I dug it over to remove as many weeds as possible. 

And I planted out some Solent Wight Garlic that we had started off at home (see below). 

After planting I covered them with netting to stop birds pecking them out.
Thanks for reading/returning. Ian & Jo

Monday, 9 October 2017

Blog update

I returned on Monday, to dig over this patch where we had early Winston Spuds growing in the spring. 

I found a few that I missed when digging up, so will have them with a pie for Tuesdays dinner.
So after removing all the weeds & quite a few clumps of grass! I planted out 60 Red Winter onions. 

Just to the left you can just see a Courgette & Squash that are still producing, so will leave them in a bit longer.
Alongside the Senshyu onions I planted on Sunday there is a stip of cleared soil. 
So I put in a few Kale seedlings we had left over from a previous planting. 
Then after taking the photo I covered them with a netting tunnel to protect from the birds!

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian 

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Onions planted

We started off some Onion sets in cell trays in multi purpose compost. 
They have done well and are ready to plant out. 
Senshyu yellow & Red Winter varieties, that we have grown before and seem to do well in our soil.
 In this patch that I started digging over last weekend and finished this week, I planted 3 rows of the Senshyu yellow, about 50 planted here. 

I will have to dig over another patch for the reds in the week.
So while there I dug up some more Picasso potatoes, all these from just one seed potato planted back in the spring. 
We had some of them as roasties with our Sunday dinner.

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian & Jo