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glyn

WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY " in the garden or allotment"

i started some onion sets in modules and planted some leek seeds and knocked the top about of a couple of raised beds that i manured the end of October time last year  . last year was our first here and we were running late by the time the garden and green house were ready,just hope im not being to keen this year !

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i did direct paste pics in but they seemed huge even after reducing to 600x 400 ,any ideas how to size suitably ?
Rick & Carol

I've seen furniture shops with less beds than that - Very neat & tidy Glyn
Yorkshire Geordie

Here are a couple of Glyn's pictures ...........

 

It's very nice and tidy - when are you coming to sort mine out?  

Martyn
Digindeep

That is a credit to you Glyn and all your hard work    
glyn

thanks both , sorry YD if you had only asked when we lived at seaton  
 ,DD there was quite a lot of sweat involved in that last year ,we took out somewhere between 48 and 60 t of concrete to get that lot in ! it was 18" deep in a few places .im still puzzled though ! both pics were saved as 600x400 and they are different sizes, have you reduced them more ? if so what to? im a technophobe and only do simple ,could you please take this into account when you answer
Yorkshire Geordie

Glyn, to get the pictures in the post I opened your Photobucket link.
When I viewed the picture on my screen I right clicked it and copied the "Copy Image Location" option to my clipboard.
I then went back to writing my message to this forum and clicked the "Img" button on the top line of the Subject window.
This opens the "[img]" start of the link description - where I pasted the link from my clipboard.
To finish I clicked the "Img" icon again and the end of the link "[/img]" finishes off the link from the Photobucket source to display YOUR picture in the OTG post.
It reads and sounds more difficult than it is - but your picture is automatically displayed - I had no input in the resizing of it.

Seaton is a bit distant from Budleigh Salterton and it's more than a tram ride to get there for me!  
Martyn
Rena

Really nice, glyn!!! (Thanks Martyn, I couldn't get the links to open earlier).
joyce

Very nice Glyn   certainly given me the incentive to go out and sort my beds
Christine

I've cleared the brussels and parsnips and finished the composting/liming on the vegetable side of the allotment.

Next job is to finish lining up the tubs on the concrete and filling them. Some already done so that's not too urgent as it's not growing weather yet.

There's the area under the fruit trees to sort out as well. That'll be a lot of weeding and seeing to get some flowers in the area.

Pictures may well follow.
Christine

Had a nice Saturday morning on the plot with lots of visitors - well offered them Jerusalem artichoke tubers to plant. Got quite a bit of tidying up done. Who put all the chickweed there?

Now the forecast mentions sleet and snow overnight Friday along with the rain.

So the plot looks tidy but the growing fingers are getting itchy. Tis the time of the year!
olde9856

Been barrowing compost onto the pea and bean beds, that's hard work! And generally tidying up. Rhubarb is coming on quickly, first pick from the forces next week?
glyn

removed the last of the kale and spread the heaped up muck over the bed,and gave the kale to the hens,planted 3 apple trees from aldi and sown another 2 pots of leek seeds ,been cold but bright, a proper spring day ,keen to get started now on the sowing and planting for this season .
brewer66

Pruning !!!!
Did all the apple trees two weeks ago.
The vines this week,
before



after

glyn

planted 10 cordon pears and put up a new support for the rasps,tomorrows job is building a much needed cold frame "weather and back permitting !"
sod

Fantastic will not show you our mess everything shot to seed and just starting to put winter seeds in trays. For next year shade cloth over every thing I hope.
Dave C

I have 6 Apple trees a couple Pear a Plum and a Cherry.

I havent pruned yet   (Dont know where the time has gone)

Is it too late ?
will be next week before i get time to do it
Dave C

Funny   Monty has just said it's perfect time on GW  

Nice it's back on
Rick & Carol

The Garlics coming up nicely, my first bit of rhubarb is poking its head up too. Today I mainly admired them
glyn

built a cold frame ( well almost ! still need to attach the 2 doors for the top) yesterday "today's not a day to be out in the garden !
glyn

Rick & Carol wrote:
The Garlics coming up nicely, my first bit of rhubarb is poking its head up too. Today I mainly admired them


do you have any problems with planting autumn garlic? im a noobie with veg and planted all the aliums in spring last year they did well for a first try,we are in a wet area and i wondered about the garlic surviving if we had a wet winter
Christine

Winter garlic has always done fine for me up in the cold and damp of Northumberland. Mind you I have an allotment on a slope and have spent years digging in compost to ensure that the soil is in good nick.

Winter onions don't last as long as summer ones but are ready earlier which allows space for something else to go in afterwards.
glyn

thanks christine, the garden is quite wet underneath but everything is in raised beds but the soil is pretty poor underneath ,saying that, its now got around 3-4" of manure on it for this year so hopefully it will eventually end up ok with plenty of compost etc ! last years aliums were followed by some lettuce and pot grown kale ,i think the bed was cleared about end july time ,i think/hope i have a plan this season to use the beds a bit better "weather permitting"
Rick & Carol

glyn wrote:
Rick & Carol wrote:
The Garlics coming up nicely, my first bit of rhubarb is poking its head up too. Today I mainly admired them


do you have any problems with planting autumn garlic? im a noobie with veg and planted all the aliums in spring last year they did well for a first try,we are in a wet area and i wondered about the garlic surviving if we had a wet winter


I always plant on winter solstice 21st Dec & lift on Summer solstice 21st June, It's always come up Ok
glyn

cheers i will give it a try for next years crop !
glyn

cracking day with the weather today ! planted the garlic ,sown cauli,cabbage ,calibrese,parsnips ,sprouts ,beetroot,bunching onions,silverskin onions and stocks and cut the 2 doors down to fit the new cold frame


oh and drank about 10 big mugs of tea  
Rick & Carol

boofull day here today

planted out 18 asparagus crowns in the new raised beds. planted out a bunch of onion sets. planted out 4 new rhubarb crowns in the barb patch & dug over a spot in the veg garden which will host courgettes. Now chin-strapped!!
glyn

same her with the weather ,planted my asparagus crowns today as well "fingers crossed " mix of ginlim,backlim and pacific purple
Christine

We have some early frost this week. I've got a few trays of broad beans and early peas in sheltered places under fleece. Fingers crossed. We shall see over the next couple of weeks. Will wait and see how the weather goes next week.
glyn

planted the spuds and shallots and sown broad beans,lettuce(4 types),spring onions,turnips for salads,toms(4 types),cucs,peppers(4 types),aubergine and potted the dahlias and begonias .
olde9856

bdooly mice have eaten all of the broad bean seeds from the pots! Now re sown with tight fitting covers
glyn

sown some pumpkin,gherkin and some squashkin (supposed to be a cross between a pumpkin and squash !)have to wait and see how they turn out
Christine

I'm holding fire for a few more days for most things as we start later up here. I did plant a few tatties on Sunday as it was a nice day but I see no need to start a lot of things off till the end of the month. Unless the weather really turns to spring.
glyn

possibly slightly off topic for this section but set a dozen OEGB eggs under a broody yesterday "it was still in the garden though !" she settled well so finger crossed.
sod

Picking peaches and apples pumpkins near ready, start to clear out summer garden ready to plant winter garden
kaz

Picking peaches sounds so exotic  

It's good to hear what people are doing - although I'm glad that Bodger does not seem to be thinking of hatching eggs yet.
Rena

kaz wrote:
Picking peaches sounds so exotic  


We love hopping over the hill to pick peaches! ...ooooo, still have to wait a while yet....

Quote:
It's good to hear what people are doing - although I'm glad that Bodger does not seem to be thinking of hatching eggs yet.


Bet he does now that you've reminded him....
Christine

I tied everything down again this morning as it's blowing a hooligan and got absolutely soaked for my pains by a long and violent shower. Looking at the forecast, it will be a case of keeping things in place till late Thursday when the wind is supposed to drop.

There's a wind chill factor here that has even depressed the dandelions!
Rena

Set more raised beds, moved a few others, transplanted strawberries, asparagus, separated garlic and replanted. Planted potatoes, leeks and peas. Still have several beds to set up yet. It's great to be gardening again.
Christine

Anyone want to come and help me turn a compost heap? Must get some time in on the plot.

Things are just beginning to happen. First sign of peas from the first sowing, broad beans on the go slow, rhubarb nearly fit for picking. Onions and garlic well away as winter planted. Strawberry plants perking up and raspberry canes are showing life.

Beetroot in the ground, spinach and radish in tubs and just showing. Mint just beginning to sprout. Second sowing of peas in seed trays. Parsley being hardened off at home; sweet peas in a tub on the window sill next to the pansies. Never grown pansies from seed before.
Christine

Compost heap sorted - not a favourite job but you can't waste free stuff.

Lettuce, mixed salad leaves, salad turnips, spring onions, more radishes, endive all sown yesterday along with various marigolds and some nigella (love-in-a-mist not the chef... )

Then remembered that the red cabbage and brussels could go in seed trays.
Christine

My goodness me, I can see the first leaves of the tatties. Now the season is well under way.  
confused

Yesterday ---- I started work on my new allotment , which I have had for nearly 12 month but up until now have been unable to get started on it due to my ruptured achilles, I had sprayed it 4 times last season ,  what a mess !!! yesterday I dug around 5 Square metres, and filled 2 WHEELBARROWS  ! of thistle ,couch and mares tail roots , I can see this is not going to be an easy fix , but I'm sure that in the end it will be worth it , thankfully it's only 20yd's from the house .
Christine

Cheer up confused, now that you have started getting to the bottom of things you will be able to look at your progress. But do plant something as you go won't you to make all the work seem worthwhile.
sod

Nothing as heavy rain   have to get planting soon, shouyld get mushrooms in paddocks when   comes back
sapphire

havent started anything yet, need to clean greenhouse etc busy hatching lol!
confused

Well it's still the long slog in the new allotment , but I'm sure it will be worth it in the end , whenever that comes  ??  I've taken Christine's advice and planted the bit that I've turned over and it at least feels better to see 5 row of potatoes and 2 rows of spring cabbage in the ground .
glyn

not quite outside but ive sown some dwarf french beans ,runner beans,climbing french beans, rocket, cress and mixed salad leaves in the green house was going to sow some peas and put up the canes for the runners but the wind was cutting me in 2 ,
Christine

Hurrah Confused, it's a real allotment - it's growing things.

The temperatures here are up and down like a yo-yo, mainly because of the wind.

Even so I shall soon be able to take some the peas out of the seed trays into the ground. Broad beans are now coming along and will soon be fit to go into the prepared bed. I've sown beetroot, endive and chard straight into the ground.

The grandson connected up two new hoses to the remaining old one (long story, inherited hoses in Feb 2007 and one has eventually kinked and punctured) in January and laid them out round the plot. The connections now have a reverse flow stop on them. Very fancy and modern.

Anyway last week the water butts ran dry so the hoses were called into action to do some watering and fill up the butts. A lot easier than in the old days as hoses where in the required places. Have been being told I should get another extension since 2007 - well you have to save up for these things.  

I can see all sorts of seedlings appearing in the salad section too!
Yorkshire Geordie

Well done, Christine. You're working hard.  
I really miss the NE water, which came from Kielder.
Down here, in Devon, the water is very hard and leaves lime scale in the loos, bath, showers and on the taps.
We have to filter the drinking water rather than using straight from the tap as when in Co Durham.  
Martyn
glyn

your not kidding martyn ! we had to descale the kettle at least every month at seaton and quite often had to throw drinks away after making them because of the bitter taste ! dearest water rates in the country as well !
Christine

Job of the day couple of days ago was to turn the old compost heap that will take the courgettes in the near future. Guess who had cleared out the Jerusalem artichokes at the back end because the family didn't like them and who threw the stems on the compost heap. Guess who didn't take off the roots and so had artichokes merrily growing on the compost heap.

There's a lesson there for the composters here - it's not just dandelions, docks, nettles and bindweed that cause trouble on the compost heap.  
sod

One thing we do have is good town water    Have some more broccilli plants coming up for  garden have some colly,cabbage,lettuce out so far for winter garden
sod

One thing we do have is good town water    Have some more broccilli plants coming up for  garden have some colly,cabbage,lettuce out so far for winter garden
Toddy

Took the first pick of the rhubarb. Sweet and read and delicious

I grow herbs in the greenhouse and only really put them out in Summer. It's wet and cold here usually, but I have to watch for things like mould when they're kept inside. Some thrive outside, like chives and sage, but rosemary and the like don't do so well. Tidied up the plants and have eight bunches hanging to dry in the kitchen.
Spent three days last week flooring the greenhouse with recycled paving slabs. Such a difference to clean it out, so easy

Toddy
Christine

Have salad leaves regularly and radishes - this cool weather is good for radishes. Have been offered a second derelict plot covered in dandelions. Not been used for many years - grown three dozen cabbages so far as I remember since I've had my plot 2007.

Shall I take it? Have crops that could go in if I can clear a space fast enough. Am I fit enough? That's the question.
sod

Christine I'm glad it is you not me as I seem to have great ideas then...........well that about really  
Christine

Well call me a daft bat but I'm Christine Two Plots. It's a wilderness but there are some bits that have been sort of dug by someone who paid for and then abandoned it last year.

Have made a start and will sign the papers Saturday morning which will require paying up as well. Still £16.25 for ten rods isn't too bad. It'll be £20 for the year next year so that's an incentive to get into motion with it this year.

Committee is going to have to come good and remove the useless pallets as promised. And soon. I don't mind helping to move but don't have the transport and don't want to burn the number involved.

Neighbours over the far hedge are going to be trouble - private house - but they are a known and can be handled.
confused

A great day today , home with the first of my early potatoes,some broccoli, and strawberry's, thats what makes it all worthwhile.
Christine

I got wet today. Mind you, the rain stopped as I came dripping like a sodden sponge through the front door. We really need more than an hour's rain to make things happen.

Anyway - there's red cabbages and kale well set on the new allotment and calabrese/PSB gone in last few days.

The elephant garlic came out on the number one plot yesterday and this evening I managed to add compost to the bed and puddle in some leeks. The rain got to me before I managed to get the sprouts in (I know late) on number 2 plot.

Ate raspberries straight off the canes and know that there are a few pea pods ready for picking!
sapphire

Well happy to say, have finally managed to get my backside in gear over last 2/3 weeks & get greenhouse up & running - better late than never! Toms, courgettes, lettuce, cabbage, runners, peppers etc all going on nicely

Herbs are all flying away, gooseberries not far off picking, redcurrants getting lovely & ripe (yes birds, I will be eating them before you this time - eating as we go this year lol)

Blueberries not far off ripe & blackcurrants, strawberries taking their time.
Christine

I'm still in clearing mode on plot 2 - it's a never ending digging game just to get it clear and the stuff that is coming out you would not believe. Rusty nails and bits of glass I expect but not the industrial quantities of plastic and great bit lumps of metal. Soil poor. But it is a renovation job. If the cabbages don't do well then someone else gets the plot end of season to put in raised beds and import soil. Not sure I'm willing to do the expensive renovations as it is a second plot.

Meanwhile have frozen the latest picking of peas this morning - think this week will see the crop cleared and the space dug over, composted, fed and replanted with herbs.
confused

This is the time of year when all the hard work seems worthwhile , over the last week i have picked around 20lbs of blackcurrants,20lbs of gooseberrys, 10lbs of strawberrys  , and 7lbs of rasps ,all of this is in small bags of mixed fruit and frozen for my wifes daily fruit drinks, the jam picking is taking place this week , god knows how many beans i have picked and frozen for the winter soups, but we wont go hungry this year , it has been a great year for the veggie's
Today i am going to pick up a freezer i came by when i read the adverts in the local supermarket, it is going to live in my sons garage ,as i dont have room for it .and it will save him scrounging in ours  

     i loved the price F.O.C. now thats my  idea of a deal
Christine

First sowing of leeks bolted and/or got rust so they came out and what was usable has been frozen. Broad beans all came in a rush, took kitchen time to pod and freeze so that's another free space.

Put some late lettuce and salad leaves in where the peas came out as a quick cash crop.

Have topped up the varieties of mint that I have - pineapple, apple, Moroccan all bought small and potted on to grow on for next year to add to the peppermint, ginger and chocolate all on offer from the tubs.

Meanwhile the yellow courgettes and pattypan squash are bush producing, all the runner beans, borlotti beans and dwarf beans are late on parade due to sudden chilly nights (might be a small crop in all cases).

Still we are getting stuff and this rain will plump up the beetroot a treat.
Christine

Been hedge cutting, weeding, picking, taking home for eating on the number 1 plot. Got an awful lot of the clearing done on plot 2 as the pictures show here. Have had some early winter bonfires on both plots and tidied up the shed. In other words, just the general run of the mill general work.
Yorkshire Geordie

My oh MY, Christine - you have been busy on that plot.
What a change - I bet the neighbours are well pleased too.
Martyn
Christine

Ah but the real problems start now. The soil is so lacking in goodness that it's not producing anything of note. Still you have to plant to find out. So it's going to be soil improvement over the winter.
kaz

Thanks for the photos - it's nice to see it progress but isn't it a pain when you have to get rid of so much rubbish as well.

Our council skips have become very controlling about what you can take to the skips in an effort to reach their recycling targets.
Christine

Yeah but the gardening association committee said that a skip couldn't come down the access path to the plot (that one comes up at next committee meeting though they don't know it yet as they are misinformed being newish to the job).

However my local kids and their medium sized van did a couple of trips to the tip with the stuff on free permits. The scrap metal was recycled and the carpets had to go in a special skip but the rest was just general rubbish anyway and not stuff you could recycle.

Our county is now charging for recycling stuff from home DIY schemes (tiles, plaster and other stuff that I can't remember off top of my head). That's an aside to gardening unless I suddenly dig up a pile of bathroom tiles (about the only thing I haven't dug up!).
sod

what a lot you have done   coming on very well
horace

Keep up the good work  
Christine

I'm now on the scrounge as there's enough cleared space on number 2 allotment to be able to consider filling some of it up with permanent stuff. I've been given some first year gooseberry and raspberry strikes (thanks Joan) and next door neighbour discovered a fushia when he was clearing his garden autumn waste into my brown bin. Nice return of favour there.

I've sorted out some chive clumps which I hope will come good for the spring as well. And a few strawberry runners and some polyanthus. Should be good come the spring.

Plot number 1 is looking good - one compost heap moved and a lot dug in, another compost heap turned into the vacant space and a third heap started where I've cleared out the chaos under the fruit trees (looked good in the summer mind) and taken down runner/borlotti beans.

It's been a reasonably productive year - apples in abundance in particular. Closely followed by lettuce and raspberries.
Toddy

That has been a tremendous amount of work Christine, and it's made such a difference. Whoever gets it after you is one lucky allotmenteer.

Do you have Autumn fruiting rasps ? Mine are still producing big sweet fruits by the handful, and they're needing thinned out.

M
Christine

I seem to have one autumn raspberry but I've just had a sort out of the bed on number 1 plot as it was running riot. Everything out after fruiting and replaced with decent compost and runners that had been potted on over the summer. Will tell you what there is next year.

I've put a lot of effort into the productive plot I've had for a few years to get it into shape for next year and can now go back to digging in compost on the cleared plot and all the other odd things that still need doing. It'll keep me busy over the winter.

At least we've had some stuff off it though the stuff has proved that the soil ain't fertile. But there again - it's taken me nine years on the other plot to bring the soil up from a better starting point so the derelict plot ain't going to be spot on any time soon. But at least if it is handed on this time next year looking as if it is an allotment - then as you say Toddy someone should be on to a good thing.
sod

We have weeds growing flat out hard to keep up. Grass growing in paddocks which is great to towards hay making. Waiting for logs coming to start doing firewood. Planting veges.
Christine

Good thing I had a good clearing month in October and first weekend of November on the plots. Only have the digging over of used areas to complete in early spring as they become clear of produce.

Had the autumn clear up in the home back garden today. Took out the millions of climbing nasturtiums and the Icelandic poppies which have gone wild over the last couple of years along with the adjuba. Gave the lawn the last high cut to clear up the dropped stuff. Filled the large brown garden waste bin very solidly. That will get put out in a couple of weeks for the last collection. The ivy clinging to the fence can be taken in control over the winter and kept for the first collection in March.

Lawn needs weed, feed and moss kill next spring.
Christine

Have a greenhouse that needs to be erected in the back garden. Being put off due to the weather but so long as it's up by the start of March.

Need to get some bags of rubbish taken to the tip from the newest plot - that should be the end of the clearing out.

Seeds all in the seed box. Need some decent weather to get on with things.
sod

put water on.
Christine

We've just decided not to erect the greenhouse this weekend due to the weather! And that has also put paid to carrying on with clearing up some odd corners on the newer allotment.

I explored one corner on Thursday to discover yet more bricks, plastic and other debris under what I thought was just a left over pile of soil. I hate people who level allotments without clearing up the years of rubbish underneath.
sod

We have one to go up here which I will put up as a tempery thing so no need same as pole and plastic roof carport we have up.
Use old saying "some times easier to say sorry after than ask permission first" The law in NZ is that we can put up any building up to 10sqmtrs
Rick & Carol

Rotavated the veg garden, shifted 6 trailer loads of muck onto it and marked out where spuds and onions will go. Tomorrow I shall rotavate again over the muck. I might even take a pic as it will never look as neat and weed free again.
Christine

You are so lucky - up here a rotovator would get stuck in the mud.
Christine

Have the first of the peppers showing in the pots on the window sill. Have put sweet peas in a tray on another window sill.

The base for the greenhouse is properly laid. Just need time to get the building of said greenhouse done.

Very chilly and weather forecast continues to be chilly. Could be a late start to getting things going - seems the cold weather has turned up late this winter.
Toddy

Beautiful sunny day here, but icily cold. My hands were really nipping in it.

I've bought some of those upside down tomato planters (cheap for 99p in Poundstretcher, they were £7.99) and am working out where to use them best.
Himself bought me a present of some very expensive and supposedly highly scented sweet peas seeds and a pot of perennial ones. Potted up the latter, cleared out space in the greenhouse which had become a repository for every spare pot around. Can't really use much of it until the weather improves enough to get the standards out, but the longer days have me itching to get on. Just too blooming cold yet.
The mud seems to finally be in retreat and I hung up the scrap wool from my spinning in a spare bird feeder for the birds to use for nesting.
My indoor bulbs have all flowered, and they are beautiful but the scent of the beautiful hyacinths is becoming just a little too much.
I want a big conservatory, with proper walls with cupboards underneath the windows….so I can have big wide windowsills for plants

M
12Bore

Cut our and next door's lawns yesterday, general tidying of beds and cutting back today.
In the sun!
Christine

On this day 2007 on taking possession of one of my allotments, I clear past it brussel sprouts and leeks. Today I cleared the sprouts that I had planted last year as there was nothing left worth picking. The leeks went a week or so ago. Manure and compost on the space cleared.

Went down the other allotment and started to clear the spent brassicas and dig out the crop of buttercups and dandelions underneath. It was a clearing job last year that plot and the fertility is sadly lacking. But had to plant to see what the problems were - besides buried rubbish, docks, dandelions and creeping buttercup (most buttercups).

Plot two will take time to make it productive.
Christine

I did far too much down the plots yesterday. Mostly it was digging in compost and manure, shifting manure, mulching raspberry canes - you know exciting stuff ...... Ground is still a bit cold and damp but things can be done.

Today has been a tidy round the home garden - yes the greenhouse is up. Small things like pruning the rose, taking the weight off the fushias. Have some split up polyanthuses in the greenhouse. Think that the salting against the icy footpath outside the bungalow damaged them but we'll see if they can be resurrected.

Tomorrow it's back to plot number two to deal with more buttercups and dandelions. I did clear a corner that I hadn't attacked last week to discover that the pile of soil hid a large amount of rusty metal, buried netting and old greenhouse frame. If I ever see the man with the mini digger I shall want to know why he buried the rubbish rather than clearing it as he leveled the plot.
confused

I was up my allotment today and did a wee bit clearing up , the ground was soaking but as its raised beds I don't have to walk on it , at least the hens enjoyed a couple of wheelbarrows full of weeds to dig and scratch in , tomorrow well hopefully it will still be good and I can get another bed prepared for planting some onions in , time will tell.
12Bore

I supervised Mrs R painting the back garden fence.

Thinking of changing my name to Tom Sawyer...  
Christine

Does anyone want some creeping buttercup, dandelions or docks? Have just finished clearing a brassica bed full of the wretched things - trouble is you can't weed deep enough to move these blighters as brassicas don't like their roots disturbed. This clearing allotment project is quite a challenge - clear a space, add any fertiliser and something you don't want comes up.

Today I might just get some planting out of cuttings that are well rooted enough on the problem allotment. Few flower type things that have been split and can move on. Just to make it look as if something is happening.

Have gooseberry cuttings, raspberry canes (very small ones given) and some small strawberry runners from last year all coming on but none yet big enough or sturdy enough to move on to final places.

Also have a bank to rake off and tidy up. Given the weather moving on in the season I might also be able to think about planting out soon on the proper plot.
confused

Had a great day up the allotment today , planted around 150 onion sets ,50 shallots , sowed cabbage ,cauli, broccoli, brussels, carrots , and some peas, still a bit cold but before I know it I will be way behind the 8 ball as per usual, ou new rescued hens are starting to feather up nicely , and things are looking good for the first time in weeks ,
gwiz

We now have a herb bed close to the kitchen
Spent the remainder of the day tidying up and pottering around.
olde9856

Just in for a cuppa having spent the last 2 hrs in the veg garden. Only one bed left to weed now and all will be ready for the new season. Can't wait, Hank I will try some seeds in the greenhouse this afternoon
Christine

Done far too much this week.

Heeled in some chives into the soil on plot number one. Dug in the last of the compost on the vegetable side. Had a major tidy up in the shed - there was cardboard everywhere till I got it all neatly bagged up in old compost sacks. But cardboard is so good on the compost heap.

Have been plodding on down the renovation plot - area fine cleared of glass and debris and fertilised for tatties. Started raking moss off the bank. Could be a long job there. Need to get a lot of the bagged manure down to get an area ready for broad beans.

Have onion sets and broad beans in trays under fleece to get them away - too cold to put in the ground at the moment though the weeds are just beginning to show (good sign for the soil if not the work load).
Rick & Carol

second earlies in & muck spread ready for carrots next month. Onions going in tomorrow
Christine

Do you plant carrots in muck? I've always been told they don't like it and that they like soil with not too many nutrients.
Rick & Carol

Christine wrote:
Do you plant carrots in muck? I've always been told they don't like it and that they like soil with not too many nutrients.


we tend to muck everything & they were giants last year, albeit some weird shapes
glyn

been off site for AGES what with work ish ,life generally and health not had much spare time but hope to be on a bit more from now ! didnt have the best of years last year growing wise most things bolted or generally just "did not do"hoping for a better season this time around.
 onions shallots and garlic seem to be doing ok ,tatties in and earthed up yesterday ,leeks started along with brassicas,b bean, runner, french,parsnips and celery, toms storming on "indoors "moving to the GH in morning " squash, pumpkin, cuc's, gherkins,peppers and melons ok so far inside  but weather is still not good beds are all ready just need the weather
sod

glyn we had same problem ours was too much sun and too hot too long so everything bolted. We plan to have a shade cloth roof over next year I hope.

Weare planting out cabbage,colly, brocc and lettuce for winter veges. But still waiting for the Autumn rains  
glyn

potted on the runner beans for an early start,moved the  french out into the greenhouse along with the toms moved the brassicas to the cold frame ,weather is said to be improving later in the week ,fingers crossed
Christine

On my long term plot, broad beans in, peas in, lines of beetroot and khol rabi seeds sown, carrots and parsnips in tubs, potatoes in tubs showing through, lettuce seedlings showing, fruit trees in full bloom, signs of flower seedlings under fruit trees, various sorts of beans in pots to get started off ready to plant on when strong enough - well that's one allotment fairly full then. Despite the unseasonable week of snow and stuff. There will be butternut squash to go in tubs too.

The renovation allotment has a lot of green manure showing through, strikes of gooseberry and raspberry planted in well manured areas, a few cranesbill geraniums in a line, some polyanthus in a well manured patch. I've ground prepared for "something" probably the brussels (well manured as none of the brassicas did brilliantly last year). There will be a couple of big pumpkins go in for some fun (big hole, bag of manure and a bit of good compost). I shall be quite happy to hand that plot back to committee to let out again next year.

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