Monday, April 20, 2009
Last day of my Easter holiday and the last day of being off work for 17 weeks following Total Hip Replacement. In the last few days the allotment has really come together. There is lots of weeding to do, but it now seems realistic. I recommend everyone to look back in the blog and look up the earliest picture of the allotment and compare to the one for this post. Hmm. Happy!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Phew, as they say, What A Scorcher! A day that started overcast and cold quickly followed the example of Saturday and Sunday and turned warm and clear. Almost a bit too hot for the work that needed doing, but hey-ho.
As you can see above, the incinerator bin (Galvatron) was going, the whole thing has been thoroughly dug over and the trees are blossoming. Lots of Bees. Good. Now we have the following planted: Potatoes, Parsnips, Onions (3 types), Broccoli, Courgettes, Squash, Radishes, Spring Onions, Raspberries, Blackberries, Tayberries, Some other berries, Tomatoes, Chilli and Sweet Peppers and Cucumbers. Oh and peas, in their own little 'pea forest' made from pruned tree branches. Ooh, and Asparagus (we're in it for the long haul!) It all seems to have suddenly taken off, after months of hard labour rescuing the plot. Hooray. Compliments are often received from other members of the allotment society and it's nice to feel we've made a difference with the effort we've put in.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
"Little and often" has been the phrase for the past week'n'abit. Combined with my new found freedom on my bicycle, with my shiny new hip, it's even easier to get down to the plot. The greenhouse is up and beginning to have it's first residents. Doing several tomato plants this year, but going to try some in the ground and some in grow bags, to see what difference it makes. Also, excited to have chillis and peppers in there too. They're not only tasty but look awesome as plants as well.
Down side to plot - the discovery of HorseTail. This insidious git of a weed is almost impossible to eradicate, but with careful 'management' we may be able to starve it out of the soil.