Sunday 21 February 2010

Bonfire in the Snow!

Despite an overnight snow shower, still things to do, transplanted 'Victoria' Rhubarb removed from fruit cage a few weeks ago into new bed.

Trimmed Laylandii tree and burnt branches and some other weeds etc on bonfire.

Earlier in the week managed to spread out Manure onto Potato & Greens patches.

Only other job to do was to put 'Cara' main crop seed potatoes out to 'chit', as will be planting out in about 4-5 weeks (Easter). Close up photo is an early 'Charlotte' showing short green shoots after 3 weeks of 'chitting', hopefully planting out in a week or two.

Thanks for reading and please return weekly to check my blog updates. Ian

Sunday 14 February 2010

Where there's Muck, there's Veg

Massive Manure delivery this week.
Looks a huge pile, but will be spread out over plot over the next few weeks.

Starting today:
Both Potato beds, Pea & Climbing Bean bed & all Fruit Bushes had a dressing too.

As we have Sandy soil its important to add soil improver such as Manure (Cow Muck) any local farmer will be glad to get rid of some of his. Horse Manure is also very good so check local stables too.
Ask your Allotment chairman/woman for phone numbers or look in Phone book.

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Sunday 7 February 2010

Rhubarb crowns moved

Not a lot done today, except moving of Rhubarb from fruit cage.
Because we nee
d the space in the fruit cage, for more Strawberries. So I dug up the 'Victoria' Rhubarb crowns, for re-planting in a new raised bed to be constructed soon.

I was surpris
ed at the size and depth of the roots, having not dug them up since planting in 2004. But we always get a good crop so really I should have expected it.

I read that it's
good to store the crowns roots uppermost so that the frost (if any) can get to them.
It apparently does them good, we shall see.

The slic
ed Rhubarb root looks quite unlike anything else, so I took a closeup photo. It seems to have rings like a tree.

Thanks for returning and reading, look out for updates each weekend.