Sunday, 17 February 2019

Another digging day

But first a quick check around our plot & I see the Rhubarb is poking through, it wont be long until the 1st harvest.
Back to the digging & I have now turned over 2/3rds of this patch where I will be planting most of our Potatoes that are 'chitting' nicely.
But all that digging creates lots of roots & weeds, so yes I had to have a bonfire to burn it all! 

At least the ash from the fire gets dug back into the soil.
Anyway I did a few hours of digging and could feel a few spots of rain and the sky went very grey. So called it a day.

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian & Jo

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Garlic planting time

Garlic planting
These I was told are Large White garlic. 
Not grown them before so we will see how they do over the coming months.
But first, remove the outer papery covering and you will find a cluster of cloves, break each one off carefully from the centre stalk.
And you will have lots of individual cloves ready to plant into cells, or if the ground is warm enough, outside into a prepared patch. 
I got 20 cloves from these 2 bulbs so if each clove produces 10 thats a lot of Garlic!

It's most important to plant them the right way up, the flat bottom is the root end and the pointed tip is the top, this one has already started to sprout.
I filled a cell tray with compost, moistened it well and using a dibber made a hole in each cell and pushed  a clove firmly into each hole. I have left these in the greenhouse to get established and when its warm enough I will plant out into a patch on our allotment.

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian & Jo

Sunday, 3 February 2019

First snow of the year & another quick visit

 The ground was still covered in ice/snow and far too hard to dig.
But this raised bed had mulch fabric on it, from when we had strawberries growing, so once removed the soil was workable.
So after a good dig over we removed plenty of weeds, roots & old plants. 
We will put new Strawberries in here and net them. 

But for now the Robins can get busy foraging for grubs
Took this photo on our arrival, as you can see still a layer of snow, but beneath it was ice, frozen solid! Even the pond had a thick layer of ice on it.
Also picked up our seed potatoes and got them into egg trays immediately to 'chit' them, on a light but cool shelf near a window for light. 
1st early Foremost & Pentland Javelin also 2nd early/salad Charlotte potatoes. 
This year I'm also growing Picasso & Cara main crops, wont 'chit' them just yet, so watch this space. 

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian & Jo

Sunday, 20 January 2019

Just a quick, but busy visit

Today: Jo cleared this raised bed between the greenhouse & Rhubarb bed & topped it off with more free manure.
While Jo was busy, I carried on digging over this patch, removing loads more perennial weeds, roots etc. Getting it ready for this years Potatoes.
We only stayed for about 2 hours. It was chilly but all that digging kept us warm!

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian & Jo

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