16 January 2007

A long overdue update - with photos!!!

Too many seeds?
Mrs D remains fairly immobile with her knee getting no better, so been a busy start to the year looking after the family. However, I am usually 'rewarded' with a couple of hours down on the allotment to unwind on the weekend. There are of course plenty of 'off site' activities to keep me busy as well, such as ordering lots of seeds. And a propagator. And some mini polytunnels/cloches. And a bird feeder. And a bird box...

Well the last two were partly for the kids and partly to encourage some more birds (possibly regret this at a later date!) around the site, as the only bird I've ever seen on site is a robin.

Anyway, I ordered the following seeds from Garden Organics:

    Celeriac - Prinz
    Globe Artichokes - Green Globe
    Hot Peppers - Hungarian Hot Wax
    Hot Peppers - Ring of Fire
    Jerusalem Artichokes - Fuseau
    Spinach - Matador
    Sunflowers - Russian Mammoth
    Sweet Peas - Old Fashioned Mix
    Sweetcorn - Kelvedon Glory
    Brussels Sprouts - Groninger
    Brussels Sprouts - Seven Hills
    Carrots - Amsterdam Forcing
    Carrots - Long Red Surrey
    Leeks - Pandora
    Leeks - Bandit
    Onions (Sets) - Jet Set
    Onions (Sets) - Red Baron
    Shallots - Longor
    Spring Onions - Ramrod
    Spring Onions - White Lisbon
    Basil - Sweet Genovese
    Coriander - Cilantro
    Parsley - Italian Giant
    Broad Beans - Witkiem Manita
    French Beans - Canadian Wonder
    Runner Beans - Desiree
    Courgettes - Albaretto di Sarzana

This doesn't include the ones I already had in and those I got as Christmas presents! I also order a few packets of salad leaves from Plants of Distinction:
    Bulls Blood
    Red Cos
    Romana Rossa
    Red Stemmed Leaf Radish
    Red Veined Sorrel

Dan in the neighbouring plot kindly offer to take the surplus seeds off my hands.

It was too good to miss!
"Honest love, we really do need those polytunnels I've just bought off Ebay!" They're only little ones (3m long x 45cm wide) and I sold the ones we don't want to Vicky next door. I'm hoping they'll allow us to get an early start on things and give protection to those crops that need it. Far too windy of late to consider putting them up, so at the moment they remain in the outhouse/shed at home.

Glass, glass and more glass
Decided on the days when it has been too wet and/or fed up with digging to clear out the remains of the old greenhouse. Two bags and two barrow loads of glass later (not to mention all the rotten wood), I'm about two thirds of the way through. That's just removing the larger pieces of glass. Still eventually it will provide a nice sheltered spot for hardening off plants and hopefully growing the tomatoes when it gets a bit warmer.

Remains of old greenhouse

Amazingly despite all the rain, the allotment has not been too wet to dig - the bonus of trying to grow things on the side of a mountain! So steadily making progress up the plot, digging out the blackberry roots and nettles. There is now a huge pile of 'hedge cuttings' and roots to be burned at some point. Bonfires are proving very popular on the site at the moment, which is why after a couple of hours a week ago I returned home well and truly smoked, and was sent straight to the shower!

Signs of Life
The mild winter to date has resulted in the garlic coming up very well, the blackcurrants have started to sprout and the Rhubarb is showing signs of life as well - which is a shame as I still haven't moved it to it's final position. Hopefully these will all survive should the weather eventually turn cold.

The garlic

The Blackcurrants

The Rhubarb

Is that light I see?
Vicky in the neighbouring plot cut down some more of the monster (aka hedge) that separates our plots. There is now a small section where we can actually talk to one another over the hedge instead of through it. We both need to have serious bonfires to get rid of all the hedge we have cut down, as well as using the sticks for beans, fences and a leaf basket - sadly that would be Vicky's not mine.

"Allotment school"
Started the organic gardening course (otherwise know as allotment school by my son) on Monday. About 15 of us on it, with a range of ages and experience of gardening. It was good to meet some fellow enthusiasts. Lot of free seeds on offer via the course as well, which is of course just what I need...

Some pictures will appear in the relevant places once I can upload them without them timing out all of the time...

1 comment:

mc55 said...

oooo photos. Looking good, well done.

The allotment school sounds interesting - is it during the day ?