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21 Aug 2016 15:33
Hey folks *waves*
i don't think I'd realised just how much hard work it is having two allotments and working full time! Both plots keeping me very busy, both there and at home in the kitchen :)
rhubarb wine and gooseberry wine on the go, constant stream of cakes and crumbles, jam by the bucketload, more cake and today I've just finished apple and chilli jelly. Sadly, my outdoor tomatoes got blight so had to go but my greenhouse ones are doing great and taste lovely in a pasta sauce :) I have two freezers and both are chock full with stuff, a lot of blanched veg and fruits.
hoping it'll all start to slow down soon so that I get time for housework haha!
21 Aug 2016 15:12
Hello Marion et al :)
apologies for absence - it's been a busy busy time, working full time, working two allotments and everything that comes with it - I've been in the kitchen loads, either making wine or jam or cake or blanching veg or this and that! I've just jarred up a batch of apple and chilli jelly . I foraged a few apples from the allotment pathway and the chilli flakes were ones I made from last years greenhouse chillies :)
apples is the one fruit I've not got growing either in my garden or on any of my allotments so I have to get them from people who do have trees. I have apple trees but I think they're still too young and aren't producing anything useful yet. Someone gave me a book about preserving and there are lots of lovely recipes in there for all sorts do I'm looking forward to working my way through it :)
I'm sorry I missed your birthday Marion - happy belated birthday!
Glad to see that your garden is looking as lovely as ever :)
26 Jun 2016 21:12
Hey guys and gals :)
been ages since I popped in, sorry bout that! I kinda forgot the thread existed :o
life has been ultra busy for me - we went away for a week a month ago and have been playing catch up ever since!
the good and the bad - bad = weeds! No matter how hard you try...!
The good - lots! I've been picking strawberries for a couple of weeks now, coming home with 4-5lb each time, if not more. I've got lots of jam in the fridge lol. Just has the first raspberry today. I noticed today that one of my red currants is actually a black currant! Potatoes don't look as great as they've done previously, on either plot. Don't really know why. Brocolli and sprouts have been planted out.
I had to pull the garlic up because of rust. This was on both plots. Nice little haul. Onions all doing well but are spring planted ones so they'll be staying in a wee bit longer. Rhubarb is plentiful and I'll be picking that for a few months yet I reckon.
Had the first runner beans today too!
Glad you all seem to be doing ok and your plots coming on nicely :D
10 Jun 2016 20:40
It was lovely to meet you today Marion :) your garden is every bit as lovely as I'd imagined and then some! I came home from the allotment with more strawberries too :) :)
i was very glad to see the rain this afternoon too! Very welcome rain indeed
09 Jun 2016 21:27
Are you around in the morning Marion? I have a very welcome day off and my plans have suddenly changed so I'm not going to be doing what I thought I'd be doing now. I can bring those masks around too. I'm thinking just after 10 if that suits you?
02 Jun 2016 19:09
Thank you - I had a wonderful time but seem to have left my tan at Orlando airport
Marion I have plenty of disposable masks if you can use them
GWRS I hope you have a fab holiday :)
01 Jun 2016 22:06
I've just come back from Florida and the first thread I looked for on here was yours! Lovely pictures :)
shame ive got a whole new look forum to get to grips with! Hope you've been keeping well :)
22 Apr 2016 18:19
Glad to see you back again Marion! I sent you (at least I hope it's you or someone else is using your pic!) a friend request on Facebook in case you get problems again. Initials MG
what horrible november-y weather we are having today
19 Apr 2016 07:14
But I am going to change my bus route coming home and go directly on my way back. If she does post during the day could someone message me please and let me know? Thanks
17 Apr 2016 12:30
I've only just seen this. I'm truly very sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you x
09 Apr 2016 20:05
I've got blueberry bushes in pots and while they do produce a good whack, they dont produce anywhere near 2.5kg of fruit, let alone 5kg!
I almost killed all my chilli and tomato plants last weekend. I was on a hen weekend and a group of us stayed overnight at my house. There was lots of alcohol involved and the plants all took a wee trip they landed on the floor and I had to very quickly replant them all very quickly. Thankfully they all seem to have survived
squashes are doing well in the greenhouse but I need to start thinking about hardening them off.
I did pull some rhubarb today!
First lot of potatoes went in a couple of week ago, just waiting for it to stop raining long enough for me to get the next lots in! Onions and garlic all planted direct and doing well, and the first lot of beetroot starting to show through now
09 Apr 2016 14:25
I think your big fat pink tulips could be my favourite pics of your garden at the moment - they are beautiful
08 Apr 2016 21:09
I've not been on here for well over a week and the first thing I do is come and look at your photos Marion how lovely all the colours are in your garden already
i have a magnolia tree in my front garden which doesn't seem so happy this year. It's in flower but I can't smell it walking down the street like I normally can and there is about half as much flower on it compared to previous years. It's so lovely to look at though one of my camellias is in flower in the back garden and the other isn't far off
26 Mar 2016 13:38
Oh wow, thank you guys I have caterpillar cake on account of it being the only caterpillar I'm ever likely to want to see!
25 Mar 2016 21:20
We have had absolutely lovely weather today and spent most of it at one of the allotments. Got lots planted / sown and finished off lots of digging.
Its been so warm here, 'im indoors has got sunburn!
i'm having a day off allotmenting tomorrow - it's my birthday and the forecast isn't very good anyway. Few yeas ago we had a heatwave for my birthday and I've been wishing hard for the same ever since!
17 Mar 2016 17:31
I actually got to spend more than half an hour at my plot proper today! We've been so busy with the chicken plot that mine kinda started being a bit neglected I've cleared the strawberry bed of straw and deadness and put a cloche over one of the rows to see if I get any sooner strawbs I dug over my front bed, planted a load of onion sets and put the frame over it to keep the birds out. Rhubarb has been manured and I had a fab time!
There is plenty to do still but it will be easier when he's off work next week because we will both work both plots
17 Mar 2016 17:18
Personally, I wouldn't repot them until they have finished flowering. You'd be fine to give them a liquid feed
13 Mar 2016 16:03
What a lovely lovely sunny warm day we are blessed with in bristol today!
I have bluebells out already just a shame they're the ones behind my recycling bins haha. We did have a single daffodil in the front garden last weekend under the magnolia tree but someone pinched it!
I was at the allotment today clearing around the gooseberries and found a blade of grass playing host to 6 or 7 seven-spot ladybirds! I didn't continue clearing as it was obviously where they've chosen to overwinter and I didn't want to disturb them, but it was nice to see them there like that
10 Mar 2016 17:00
I was very near you this morning Marion but didn't think it right to pop in without giving you notice I did think of you as I passed round the corner and hoped you were doing ok
you have some lovely, lovely pictures, makes us all quite envious!
01 Mar 2016 13:21
I did sarpo Mira at one of my plots last year and was disappointed with the yield, quality and taste. I won't be doing those again. Peatland javelin however was a completely different story and I've got those chitting away as we speak. I'm also doing osprey, rooster and Vivaldi potatoes