Latest posts by ginagibbs

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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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

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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)

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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

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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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Posted: 09/08/2016 at 09:57

well done Garden Girl, that trophy will look good on your mantle piece!! Your Dalias look beautiful, suprised you didnt get a prize for those!

 Our local  allotment society show is this weekend but I wont be entering as I have to take hubby to work, and then go and exercise the horse! 

Courgettes and squash doing really well this year, we've got loads!! made a lovely Tai curry and coconut milk courgette soup last night, followed by Halloumi cheese and veg kebabs (all from the plot ), with a spicy rice and bean dish Yum!

I had almost forgotten I was given a Nigel Slater cook book thats got some lovely veg receipts in it, so will have a go at some of his ideas tonight. Might make some courgette pickle too.

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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

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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

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