Sunday 26 March 2017

Super sunny weekend on the plot

Carried on clearing this patch, as we want to put Peas & Beans in here. 

Removed lots of weeds, ground elder & grass.
With all those weeds removed I had to have a bonfire, I started it on Saturday and when I returned today (Sunday) it was still smouldering so I put some more dried stuff on and it flared up! So I carried on piling weeds on :) 
The Cauliflower & Cabbage seedlings in the Greenhouse coming on fine and a tray of Tagetes flowers, on the right.
Some Peas started off in toilet roll tubes and a few trays of Sweetpeas too. 
Finished digging over this patch today (Sunday) plenty of space for Peas & Beans, that we have started off already.
As the title says: 'Supper sunny weekend' & it certainly was. With the clock going forward an hour, the growing season has really started. 

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian & Jo

Sunday 19 March 2017

It's all happening on the plot

First job, to extend the early potato patch, I now have enough room for 5 rows of spuds. 

All dug over, weeded & a row of root damaged Carrots removed.

As I dug over this patch I found a few Charlotte spuds that were left behind after digging up, they looked fine so will have them with dinner. 

Not sure yet what we will plant here, probably Beans & Peas as a good follow on crop after potatoes.
If you remember I started off some 'Vigour' garlic in cells, well they have put on a good start, so after clearing this raised bed I planted the garlic at 6" intervals. I bought another 2 bulbs & will start them off the same for a succession crop.
The Cauliflower & Cabbage seed I sowed 12 days ago in the greenhouse have sprouted, we will plant out when a bit bigger and the soil is warmer.
Just a small part of our Stockbridge Arrow rhubarb and it's started growing, won't be long now before the first harvest.
A bit of an overcast showery day, but at least my little and often policy is paying off, our Allotment will be ready in no time.

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian & Jo

Tuesday 7 March 2017

Growing & planting update for March

Been a busy week, preparing and weeding. 

In these two seed trays are Cauliflower 'All the Year Round' & Cabbage 'Attraction' seed sown. I will report on the progress.
The Garlic 'Vigour' I started off a few weeks ago have sprouted and I will be planting them out soon.
The seed potatoes, that are just on a shelf in the spare room, are 'chitting' well. 
I will be planting them out in a few weeks, I usually do this Easter weekend.
This is where the potatoes will go, I've been weeding & turning the soil over, we will leave the Kale growing as we give it to our Chickens and they love it & dig it up at spud planting time.  
Fantastic news today, there are 4 large lumps of Frog Spawn in our little pond, we did expect this to happen as we had seen some rather fat frogs, but never expected so much spawn!
In the patch I dug over (see above) there were still some Parsnips, so I pulled them all up, they have been in a while now so might be a bit 'woody' but others, if OK, we will make soup from.

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian & Jo