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New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 04/08/2016 at 14:54

Hi all

went to my plot yesteday and picked peas, beans beetroot, strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes, and yet more courgettes!! Dinner was all from the plot except the salmon 0ops I've pressed something thats made it all go big lol

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 01/08/2016 at 11:54

Good luck for the show Garden Girl. I have been watching Charlie Dymock too, a bit cheesy, but at least its about gardening!!

Went up to the plot Saturday night to do watering, all I had time for. Harvested some more cougettes Patty pans etc and more beetroot, all been fantastic this year. Planted more peas, had better success growing from seed in greenhouse than sowing direct. 

Made some more Panacotta's yesterday for pudding, this time served with blackberry coulis (picked from plot) yumm!!! 

thanks for the tip about roasting the artichokes GWRS

Starting to rain here now, we really need it, its been so dry lately.

have a good week everyone

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 29/07/2016 at 12:49

Hi GWRS, alls well thanks. Courgettes that are not doing that well are in the bed where I had spuds. Had to take spuds out pronto as we had blight. Dug it over and added horse muck but its been quite dry although I have watered them. They did look a bit better yesterday, it might be that they need to settle in? Had a good crop off the other bed though. 

I have jerusalem artichokes too, quite like the flowers and the taste of the roots but take forever to peel!

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 28/07/2016 at 10:49

Hope your injuries get better GG! We are not allowed bonfires during summer months here.

I use an arch like yours GWRS to train some apple trees over. Still short at the moment though. 

Getting lots of squash, I have 2 beds and one is doing much better than the other, not sure why.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 13:57

Hi all, back from a 2 week break, mainly spent in the garden, or on the plot, so had a great time and got a lot done, especially in the garden, as we had a 100 yr old cedar removed a few months ago  so had to level the ground and get rid of loads of chippings etc. Garden now in full sun though so thats a bonus, and a good excuse to make new flower beds.

Plot is looking great, had plenty of beetroot, a few peas (that make it home!!) soft fruits and courgettes. a few spuds had blight so dug them all up to rescue what I could. All the other produce needs a little longer to fatten up.

Great day you must have had GWRS, never done a veg show. Will be interesting to see if I get another prize for best allotment this year (been keeping it extra neat 

Happy weekend everyone

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 15:53

Ahhhhhhggg.... we have potato blight!!! got to the plot last night having been away 2 days and there is a warning sign on the gate. Had to dig up all my tatties as its spread to mine. I am not surprised, this weather is perfect blight conditions

I'm off work now for 2 weeks so hoping this weather is going to warm up properly too, its like winter here! 

Happy gardening folks!

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 27/06/2016 at 14:53

Hi fruitcake, just found this thread again a few days ago too!!

seem to be dodging the rain lately, saves watering though. Made a new raised bed in the poly tunnel yesterday, at lease it was a good excuse to be undercover. Planted some toms in it. all looking ship shape now!

My spuds look as though something has made holes in the leaves, so hoping the tubers are ok.

Eating a punnet of strawberries at my desk that I picked yesterday!

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Posted: 24/06/2016 at 09:41

All nice and dry now at the plot after all that rain. Potatoes have flowers on so should be ready to harvest soon. I have harvested my over  wintered onions a bit early as I needed the space and they looked almost ready to go. I  have filled the bed with squash and sweetcorn now. Peas are forming at last and I have had strawberrys most days (straw under them makes such a difference!). Harvested most of my cabbages as they were getting eaten by slugs. made a batch of Sauerkraut and some coleslaw.  Have a good weekend everyone 

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 06/05/2016 at 15:48

Hi all,Wow what great weather. Plot is looking great, cabbages are hearing up and ate the first of my over wintered leeks and had some rhubarb too. Not much sign of the carrots I sowed, recon they rotted during the wet spell we had a while ago.  

Dalias coming up here too Zoomer, just planted loads of lupins that I sowed last year.

Planning on making a big kitchen garden at home now we have had a very large dead cedar tree removed. Garden is now in full sun, but I want to divide it with a hedge of some sort and do a pottager style garden beyond. (always seem to have a project on the horizon!!)

Have a lovely weekend folks

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 11:32

Hi Garden Girl. Yes covering the ground and cutting a slit in to plant courgettes and melon should work too. if you only have to have 50% cultivated,you could strim and mow half of it to make a lawn, add some planters and a garden bench etc..!!! 

Spuds in bags in the polytunnel are now up and have  a crop of Mizzuma now. When the seedlings are up and planted out, I will get some more raised beds put in the PT to plant the tomatoes in. Allotment Association secretary,,told me where to get free pallet collars locally, where they are more than happy to give them away for free and they make great raised beds!

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