Latest posts by ginagibbs

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. 

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.

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