Monday 27 January 2020

Another fine day for digging

 Jo & I decided to visit the plot today, so I carried on digging over this patch, where we have had a few bonfires, but grass had taken over in patches so had to dig it all out!
While I was busy, Jo carried on digging over this patch where the Comfrey and two Strawberry beds are. 
We plan to dig it all out and start again, as its never produced much. So keep checking back to see what we do here.
All that digging has made a pile of roots, as well as the grass, it's mainly Ground Elder & Nettle roots! 
So leaving it raised up on a pallet to dry out so we can burn it & return the ash to the soil.
But during our lunch break, I noticed one of our nest boxes that hasn't be visited for a while needed investigating. 
So I looked inside and found a Wasp Nest that had been abandoned, but what a structure and so clever of it, as its made of paper and so light.
So all in all a very productive day, a very satisfying feeling that we have made a good start on this years plans.

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian & Jo

Monday 13 January 2020

Monday plot working

We decided to come early, as storm conditions were imminent. 

So I did a bit more clearing of this patch, getting it ready for Potatoes to go in around Easter time. 
There are still a few weeds waiting to be burnt.
Jo got busy digging over this area where the Comfrey was, it needs totally clearing as nettles have also taken hold! 

This whole area will be dug over to remove as much of the perenial weeds & nettles! As we have plans for it, so watch this space.
Well the strong winds and rain arrived around lunchtime, so we only stayed about 3 hours, but glad we did as we got lots done.

We did visit yesterday (Sunday) inbetween the showers so only topped up compost bins with veg waste from home & to take some rubbish away.

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian & Jo

Sunday 5 January 2020

1st Sunday of 2020

So many weeds, roots, grass clumps dug out and branches pruned, so its time for a bonfire! 

As our site is surrounded by farmland it doesn't cause any problems having bonfires & the ash gets dug back in. 
But at least I finished this patch at the end. 

All the roots dug out and now on the bonfire.
All in all a good few hours work, 10:30 to 3pm. 
Jo dug out more weeds too & saved a few Comfrey & Borage roots to re-plant later.

Thanks for reading/returning. Jo & Ian

Wednesday 1 January 2020

First Blog of 2020

Happy New Year all. 

We said we would return, so we came down at about 10:30 after a bit of a lie-in. 

I dug over a bit more of this patch I started 2 days ago, will return Sunday to finish it.
So while I was busy, Jo pruned the Gooseberry bushes, by removing old wood & removing some inner branches to make a bowl shape, this helps airflow and lessens the risk of a disease taking hold.

Jo did the same pruning to the Black & Red Currants, so will help to give a bigger crop.
So after 3 hours we were a bit shattered, we were out until 2:30am at a new years party! 

But managed to harvest some Parsnips & Kale, for dinner.

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian & Jo