Latest posts by ginagibbs

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 20/10/2016 at 13:36

Hi all, got presented with my prize at the allotment awards last night by the lady Mayor. I have come to the conclusion that you need to be a retired engineer with a degree in Horticulture to win the big silver cups though!! (the veg in the background is my haul of butternut squash) 

Hope you are all well

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 12:08

Hi all, went up to the plot yesterday, it was quite busy. Chatted to one of the other people, he said that there are a few vacant plots! (thinking about it!!)

Sieved a load of my compost and put some on the beds and did a bit of mowing. That  was all I had time for as had to pick hubby up from work.

Later in the evening did a bit of tidying round my garden at home, and was followed around by a very friendly fox that's been visiting for a while now, Got to within 3 feet of him and gave him some dog food for his dinner!  

Garden Confessions - 3 Worst Crops of 2016!

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 14:11

Pak Choi doing well, it was rubbish last year but think I sowed it at the right time 

Garden Confessions - 3 Worst Crops of 2016!

Posted: 13/10/2016 at 15:08

Wow treehugger that must have taken some restraint!

Amazing variety of anomalies this year, sowed a lot of seeds that didnt germinate, or got washed away ie  fennel, peas, and spring onion. Slugs ate my carrots (the cross legged variety) and most of strawberries, Had the same problem as Pansyface with my quince tree, only I fruit and only 2 on the pear tree. Leeks had thrips !

had a fairly good year for tomatoes,  although 3 or 4 plants had blight. blight on potatoes, and onions didnt dry out properly as when I pulled them up, it rained for weeks!

Great year for squash, courgettes, autumn raspberries, cabbages, parsnips artichokes and beans.

Oh well, better start ordering seeds for next year!!

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 13/10/2016 at 12:40

Got a backache today, did too much yesterday, but the weather was so nice. Got a load more bags of muck from the stables that had to be wheelbarrowed quite a way to my plot, and  then dug over one of my beds ready for the onions,(havnt done any digging for ages).

Found some stray potatoes while I was digging so they were last nights supper, along with more courgettes of course. 

Made 4 bottles of Sloe gin for Christmas pressies!

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 13/10/2016 at 12:36

Wow GG your woodworking skills are amazing, love the colour contrast too!

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 10/10/2016 at 17:06

Thanks Garden Girl, Cotswolds area is so lovely, lucky to live here

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. 

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