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New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 10/10/2016 at 15:57

Here is another one! Its of the village (has a nice pub too!!)

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 10/10/2016 at 15:53

Hi all, its getting colder so will harvest my butternut squash and store them. not got round to bubble wrapping greenhouse yet, still have tomatoes ripening in there. Did'nt go to plot yesterday, it was hubbys birthday so we went to Snowshill Manor, Broadway to have a look round the garden, very beautiful location, took lots of lovely photos

Will get to the plot tonight all being well

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 07/10/2016 at 10:00

Hi all, not been on for a while, busy at home. Went up to the plot last night and came home with 2 large bags of produce, still picking tomato's, squash, beans,cabbage, kale,chard, carrots, raspberries,now onto the celery and celeriac. Made a huge pot of soup that should last a week. Been giving the courgettes away to work mates. Will clear my butter nut squash soon, as I want to get some onions in, dont seem to have much space yet!

Made roast butternut squash and tomato soup with a hint of chili for a starter for a dinner party, we then had pork in cider with my home grown sweetcorn, yum!! 

Apart from some seedlings not germinating , the only disasters this year have been my potatoes getting blight, onions not drying out properly and some rotting. everything else has been fantastic.

Some people have given up their plots and new people on site. Met a Russian couple who had been on the list for 10 years!! they were very sweet. I noticed a family who started earlier this year and doing a good job, have not picked any of their veg, yet someone has been back with some decking boards to make raised beds, so not sure if they have left. I wonder if people realise what a commitment having a plot is!

could do with some more tree shredding for our paths GWRS, not had any this summer and the heavy rain in June  washed a lot of it away. 

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 11:32

Hi all, had a lovely few hours at the plot yesterday, weather was gorgeous.  Cleared out the sweetcorn,and some more tomato's that had finished, and did some mowing (again) Planted some pak choi.  Found a frog hiding under the cabbages, hope he will eat all my snails now the chickens have gone. 

Glad your ankles are better Zoomer, you must be so glad to get back on your feet!

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 14:18

Hi All, had a good couple of hours at the plot yesterday. 

cut the grass paths and ended up using scissors to trim up the edges (sad but true!!) I must get some shears lol. Looks very neat now! did lots of weeding and pulled out some of the sweetcorn plants that were finished and a few blighty tomato plants. Feels good to be on top of things again!!

I am stock piling bags of horse muck, every time I go to the stables, I get 3-4 bags in the boot and drop them off ready for digging in in the winter.

Just been to Homebase, they had some bargain autumn raspberry plants for £2.50 but didnt buy any as I have one already and cant keep up with it!! (I pick a punnet full every day) Bought a 6 pack of white Cyclamens and a Heuchera instead for the garden. Heuchera was a bargain at £2.50!

Did'nt see any garlic for sale yet GWRS, dont have room for planting yet so will have to wait till later in the year. 

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 11:23

That  is  a bit cheeky, stealing a shed door! 


Went up to my plot yesterday and spent a good few hours trying to get it under control, squashes are growing all over the place so had to cut some back as its a bit late for them now. Also have a boisenberry that has run amok so had to tie it all in. Did lots of watering, but weeding will have to wait till tonight.. found some tomato blight on my outdoor varieties so picked off the fruit and bagged up the rest.

Celeriac is coming on really well, will have a good harvest soon, might pull one up today for dinner.

Grown some Pak Choi in modules so will plant those this week.  

have a good week everyone.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 12:26

Hi GWRS, tree was about 150 yrs old, it sadly died, we have lost a lot of our trees lately, we have a honey fungus problem and I think they are all quite old. 

not grown tomatillos, will have to try them

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 15:36

Hi all, been off for week so catching up on your news, sorry to hear about your leg Zoomer, glad your better. Used to have a horse with that problem,it was a nightmare,both his back legs would swell up really badly. Used hot and cold compresses to try and get the swelling down

Everything growing really well, only had blight on 2 tomato plants so whipped them out quick! courgettes and tomato' s seem to be never ending, having to get very inventive about cooking them. Luckily hubby likes them.

Had to get the garden back into shape since the cedar tree was removed, so not much time spent at the plot. we have leveled the area and put gravel over for our outdoor dining set, looks very smart now. only had time to do a quick harvest and mow the paths before it gets dark.

Chinese man on plot next door is clearing his plot and planting now so its a lot nicer 

Had some great news, a letter from the Council inviting me to the prize giving evening again, its not till October so I will let you know how I get on!! (got a certificate for best new comer last time)

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 26/08/2016 at 13:17

Hi all,

spent a good 4 hours at the plot yesterday, watering , weeding, harvesting, mowing etc so all up to scratch again! (was feeling guilty as I hav'ent been up much lately, garden and social life taken over a bit!!) Came home with 2 big bags of produce, we are living on courgettes and tomatoes still! 

have a lovely weekend

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 15:29

Hi all, just caught up with all your posts, been working in Cirencester, so not able to access this site till my broadband is sorted there. 

Having a great year for squash and toms, will make chutney tonight as i have so many to get through. Got away with not getting blight on my outdoor tomatoes thank goodness, so will have tomatoes for some time this summer! 

we have had some rain at last,

Shed sounds impressive GG, put up some pics when you can. 

We have chickens on our site, I feed them all the slugs and snails I come across, so they cluck when they see me coming

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