I only spent a couple of hours at the allotment today, but it's Saturday afternoon and the football ground is less than a mile away as the crow flies. City are playing at home and you can hear all the cheers and chants. No need to be plugged into my iPod today. It was a good win for City though. But back to the main point of this blog, I carried on with digging the strawberry patch. It was full of twitch grass. I'm hoping that if I keep on top of the weeding it won't be too bad. Still got a long way to go before it's all ready and it's back to work on Monday, so less time at the allotment. Till next time and thanks for reading.
Saturday, 28 September 2013
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Friday, 27 September 2013
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Thursday, 26 September 2013
Today, while I walk to the shed to get the tools for the day, I noticed that I still had some plums left. Hadn't touched them at all this year, so I was surprised to see them. They were quite high up and I'm only 5'6", so the rake came in handy. As I've mentioned in a previous blog, my plum trees have run wild over the last few years. It was like walking through a jungle, trying to get to the middle where all the plums were. I had plastic bag looped on my trouser belt so I could just pop the plums in as I went along. With rake in hand, I went in. In amongst the plum trees are brambles and it's all very dence, hardly any room to manoeuvre the rake. But I managed to get about 1lb of fruit. On my way out of the thicket, the bag got snagged on the brambles and all my plums just fell out. Only me!
As well as fruit picking, a lot of weeding was done in readiness for next year. As I turned the soil, I found a copper coin. Quickly, I got some water to clean it up hoping to see Queen Victoria. No, it was Queen Elizabeth II. A 2p coin. It probably fell out of my own pocket at some point.
I'll be back to the allotment tomorrow I hope. As long as the weather holds out. Just to let you know, I'm now on twitter as well @losttheplot235. Till next time and thanks for reading.
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Tuesday, 24 September 2013
Today I planted the rest of my strawberry runners. Where I'm planning to have more strawberry plants, I have two old rose bushes. I've been told it would be better to get rid of them. Not too fussed myself, if I can't eat it or if it's not benefiting the plot, then I don't want it.
I also dug up the rest of the potatoes. Half a bin full. Good job I had my sack barrow with me today to bring them back. I still hate it when I put my fork through a potatoe, especially when it's a good one. I did get some with bugs in. I'd like to know if there is a variety that isn't affected or if there is something I can put in the soil to stop them.
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Friday, 20 September 2013
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Thursday, 19 September 2013
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Sunday, 15 September 2013
Well, an evening planned at the allotment has been dashed by the rain. If I was on my own, I may have braved it for longer. But I had my youngest daughter with me, and she does have a bit of a cold coming. So I thought it best to come home. We did have time to dig up some more potatoes, still doing me proud, and a couple of marrows. Of all the squashes this year, the marrows have been the best. I did plant them late, but it is good to know they can be left till late May and still get something out of them. They aren't quite show winning marrows, but they'll do for me. I did start pinning down the strawberry runners with some U shaped wire, but then the heavens opened and today is not that warm. Here's hoping next week will stay dry. Till next time and thanks for reading.
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Friday, 13 September 2013
I have found that writing this blog is giving me more of an incentive to be at the allotment. So if you think you need to give yourself a little push, give blogging a go.
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Tuesday, 10 September 2013
With the damp weather we've been getting lately, I thought I'd bring home the onions and let them dry out in my greenhouse. I'm quite pleased with them this year. From one little bag I've got a Tesco hessian bag full and by god they are heavy. Think it was the four strawberries, which I'm still getting, that tipped the scales. I do have some very small onions. I don't know if I can replant them next year. Answers on a postcard...
I did look over at potatoes, thinking "Shall I dig up more?" But after a 12 hour shift, I came over all Spanish "Mañana, mañana" (Tomorrow). If the weather stays fine, I'll dig some up then.
Posted by Lost The Plot at 20:36
Saturday, 7 September 2013
Not only am I pleased with my potatoes, my onions have come up trumps too. Well one kind did. I put two kinds in, one was pre packed the other was loose when I bought them. Luckily for me it was the pre packed ones that have done well and I still have the label, sturon yellow onions. I'm still continuing my form with everything else. My cabbages, thanks to the caterpillars, have more holes in the leaves than a tea bag and as for the brassica next to it....well I know it is a brassica, but no cauliflower head or broccoli flower to show for all the watering my daughter and I have done this summer. No pumpkins this year I think, we might get a late run on courgettes and hopefully a few marrows. But otherwise, same old, same old. Till next time and thanks for reading.
Posted by Lost The Plot at 18:40
Sunday, 1 September 2013
Well this is the sum total of my carrots for this year. The best I've had for a few years. In the past, sowing straight into the soil had not worked at all. Didn't matter if I covered them with a fleece tunnel or left them to their own devices. This year I made newspaper pots and started them in my greenhouse. But my issues with my greenhouse has dogged me the last few years. It's cheap one, pole frame with polythene cover. When I first got it, it was fab, but there was a split in the seam by the end of the summer. So I got a replacement cover that was re-enforced. That also ended up splitting. The last one I got wasn't even the right size. Turns out they don't make them in my size anymore. I will have to think about a more permanent solution. Space is the only other problem. As for my carrot problem, I'm going to get some tubs, cut the bottoms off, fill them with compost, sow the seeds and cover them. It's a variation of something I've read in the gardening magazine 'Kitchen Garden'. It said that carrots can be the easiest and most difficult crop to grow and it showed a trial experiment using large tubs but in a greenhouse. As I don't have the luxury of a greenhouse, I'll go with bottomless tubs pushed into the soil slightly, I can use my own compost and hopefully get better results. When I'm done for the year, I'll lift up the tubs and mix in the compost ready for the next year. Well that's plan anyway. Watch this blog. Till next time and thanks for reading.
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