Sunday, 22 March 2015

First busy weekend of spring

First job of the weekend: 
On Saturday I rebuilt the Rhubarb bed edge using reclaimed wood. Looks a lot better and should last a long time too, as the old edging was almost completely rotted away.  
 Earlier in the week I started digging over this patch, where the early spuds are going. 

Continued on Saturday and today I extended the patch by removing 2 cold frames and some Cabbages that had finished. 

So the final patch measures about 13ft wide, so I will be able to plant both early (Rocket) & 2nd early (Charlotte) Spuds.
Today I decided to empty one of the compost bins, been left for about 18 months and was lovely and crumbly. 

My no turn method seems to work and is really good stuff, see below to see what we used it for.
Great news: 
Our pond, we haven't seen any life in it for months, but this week we spotted a massive lump of Frog Spawn, still not seen any Frogs, but they must be there somewhere. 

But the pond is covered with pond weed at the moment, which we will clear away soon.
Anyway this is where the compost bin contents ended up, topping up the raised bed I finished last week. 

We then planted out the first lot of Pink Carousel Garlic. 

We have started another lot in cells, so we will have so much Garlic this year!
Been a lovely weekend, even the sun came out today, maybe the first sign of spring and the clocks go forward (in UK) next weekend, so longer days. 

So now all the major construction is done, this end of the plot is looking neat with new raised bed edges. 

I can concentrate on planting, now.
The only harvesting done this weekend was to dig up the last of the Beetroot, to make way for main spud patch preparation (and the bonfire), 

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian 


  1. Another interesting blog. Thanks for sharing with us. Wait until your chicken manure compotsed down too :)

    1. Ooh there will be plenty in that load used toady, we've been keeping chickens for 4 years now and their poops go in compost bin regularly :)

  2. There's a lot of frog spawn about now, but not in our allotment pond. It's new so the frogs haven't found it yet. I'm going to have to steal some from another pond I think!

    1. Be careful Margaret, not a good idea moving Frog spawn from one pond to another, unless very close by.

    2. Thanks for that advice Ian, I don't know anything about ponds as you can tell! There is a pond the other side of the fence to ours but I think I will probably now just concentrate on creating the right conditions for the wildlife and hope the frogs will soon take a liking to our little pond