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New allotment OMG...

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 14:46

Far too hot yesterday, so went down to Aldi's to enjoy their air conditioning for a bit, felt like I had just got off a plane and landed in a foreign country when i wheeled my trolley outside

 Went up for  a short spell in the evening to water the tomatoes . All have flowers on but no fruit yet. Strawberries are bit on the lean side, think I will move them all this winter and re plant where they are not so shaded by other plants as all the other plots are having a bumper season. Made a Greek feta cheese and home grown spinach pie with filo pastry, good way of using up a glut of spinach!,and its very tasty

Perhaps chickens need a paddling pool!

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 29/06/2015 at 10:39

Had the female equivalent of "Man Flu" over the last 4 days, so only went up yesterday to do a bit of weeding. Lots more people on their plots working.  Picked more beetroot, its growing well. Picked some broad beans, dont think i will bother with them again, as not that keen on them  Peas and french beans not ready yet, but did get a punnet of gooseberries, so will stew them with some sweetener and have with yogurt. 

I cant believe I have had this plot for just over 1 year, its looking amazing now, just goes to show, you get out what you put in,  

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 12:06

Hi All, Zoomer, my broccoli was in the same area I seem to get flea beetle so it could be linked, although they were very tall when I put them in. 

Gooseberries still too bitter to harvest, but there's a lot on the bushes. My grapevine, I thought had given up the ghost has burst into life! Broad beans are looking awful, they are smothered in blackfly and are going a rusty colour. I might give them another week or two and harvest what there is and pull the lot up Plot is looking very abundant though and  more like a kitchen garden than an allotment! Buzzy, the joy of having your own ground is you can do what you like, you can break up the area with lots of paths if you want.

Met the guy next door who I share the shed with and told him I would paint both of them, he was very shy before but this broke the ice and we had a nice long chat. Good to make new friends.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 23/06/2015 at 09:33

GWRS I think your right about the wind exposure, the ones that are protected by other plants seem to be ok.we have had some cool nights and my plot is a windy one,  2 courgette plants are producing fruit though..

Dug up a few spud plants, the yeald was'nt spectacular, about 5-8 spuds per plant so leaving them a bit longer as there were tiny ones trying to develop.

Had some great beetroots though, cooked them last night to have with our dinner, yum!! Artichokes on the menu this evening

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 22/06/2015 at 17:28

Hi GWRS, it had a small amount of manure last year but had onions in all winter. They are now gone so I put in a layer of well rotted manure to boost the soil up. Do you think thats too much? I did wonder if it had been to cold for them.

Fruit Blight-Remove tree??

Posted: 22/06/2015 at 17:24

Could be the result of honey fungus, did you notice any yellow coloured fungus in late autumn? We have lost 2 mature trees to this condition.  

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 22/06/2015 at 09:30

Hi All. I was dog sitting yesterday so got a few hours in after his owners collected him. Cam home with a basket full of onions,spring onions, cabbage, beetroots, spinach , new spuds and strawberries, had to wheel it back to the car (looked like a mobile greengrocer.

My broccoli bolted too Zoomer so put kale in instead (great minds think alike!!) Broadbeans are smothered in blackfly, despite using soapy water spray on them, hope to get a bit of a crop though. peas and french beans coming along nicely. 

Any tips on growing squashes, mine are in a bed of rotted horse manure and i water them often but the leaves are going yellow? I will try comfrey feed tonight.


New allotment OMG...

Posted: 20/06/2015 at 09:45

Hi Garden Girl, that sounds like a real bargain, I got some strawberries last weekend at Homebase but they were 2.50 for 6! 

Have a good weekend

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 09:41

Thanks Fruitcake. Back lady banned me from going to my allotment, but I have been very naughty, sneaked up last night and planted some endives, and re potted some desperate pepper plants, took it very gently though Great that you have some strawberries, how have you kept them away from the beasties?

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 11:03

Hi All, didnt get round to painting the shed, don't think my neighbour will help GG, I never see him, so chances are he will get a nice surprise ! Wood lice seem to be nibbling all my strawberries too Fruitcake, I have'nt had a whole one yet!

 Having to take it easy at the moment, pushing all the heavy wheelbarrow loads of manure etc have played havoc with my left arm and shoulder, so back lady has banned me from lifting anything for 3 days,  . 

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