We are family of allotmenteers from South Wales in our second year and second plot (gone from half to full size plot)
Think Bruce Titchmarsh
Well it’s been a while since I last posted anything. In fact I’ve been planning this years spring sowing’s since the end of last summer Which as we all know was a complete wash out. So is this year as so far it has been a complete disappointment it’s still not much above 4 degrees and we are approaching the end of March. My feet and hands are itching to get going.
I managed an hour at the allotment today it was too cold so retreated back to the house :( but I did eventually get to sow some seeds I managed to transplant chilli and pepper seedlings into bigger pots also Tomatoes too. Some Globe Artichoke seedlings have also moved on to larger accommodation.
During the end of last year in the midst of the Christmas madness I spent some time looking at seed catalogues and came across The Real Seed Catalogue where they had fabulous varieties of heritage seeds and they really endorse seed saving. I ordered sweetcorn, peas , runner beans , and melons. So today at last I have sowed the sweetcorn inside in heated modules to start the season off. Have left the rest for a warmer weekend. The variety I sowed was Golden Bantam it was described as an early and great for poly tunnels which is where they are heading . So fingers crossed :)
At last some lovely pickings from the poly tunnel.
The pond at home is the first shot looked lovely this week with the Lilly flower.
Some up to date photos of the “blue plot ” this was just before the onions and garlic were harvested.
Well It has been a few weeks since we posted our last updates, due to a loss of gardening mojo cause of the weather but also due to loss of password and email details for account lol .
Weather has picked up a bit but beans , pumpkins and squashes are still way behind.
Since last post we have had peas and broad beans and spuds and a few scraps of lettuce . I have pulled up all the peas and broad beans as nothing much on them with all the wet we had .
All plans now for next year and possibly a new flock of chicks for the other plot .
The girls have settled in very well and we are awaiting the first egg which should be in a few weeks they are 18 weeks old today ! They each have developed there own personalities and are a joy to watch .
The tunnel on the other plot well this has been the high and the low point of the season so far.. the low we lost all the tomatoe plants and the first two rows of spuds just outside to blight : ( so all was dug up and burnt one night last week. so better luck next year .The high that is the sweetcorn so far I can see ten cobs on the plants and also the french beans and the squashes are coming too so at least that will be a success.
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Well for the state of the weather in June the week has not been as bad as I thought it was going to be. The Chickens have settled in and come to the enclosure fence when I walk up there now which is a lovely feeling for me I have managed to harvest a handful of peas from the plant I popped in the tunnel as a “plant and see what happens ” so was chuffed and the parsley is coming along a treat just need those new potatoes now. The strawberries they may only be 5 but they are “my” strawberries and they were lush !! There are loads more coming and cant wait to have them.
The Beans , peas , onions, and salad crops on the blue plot are coming along great with potatoes and gooseberries but the raspberries are a poor show so far this time last year they were really going for it so will have to wait and see.
The tunnel on the red plot is also doing great and the french beans are just started to climb around the sweetcorn and it looks good .The squash that I put in is also doing great and starting to really cover the ground and a few flowers are appearing. So the the “three Sisters” planting technique is starting to show and I am pretty impressed.
The Highlight of the week was a bunch of sweet williams given to me by one of the senior chaps on the allotment and he has promised me a bunch a week so have them here in the house and they look and smell fab.
I love all the plant / seed swapping it is one of my favourite things of the allotment. This week we have had chilli and pepper plants , more runner beans , an Atlantic Giant pumpkin plant which I have already fallen in love with ! A giant Marrow plant one each for the girls (for them to enter the allotment competition) and some milk thistle.
The pumpkins / marrows I have planted down the back of the blue plot where I had intended to go nuts with wild flowers some have come but it is now a temporary pumpkin patch. There is plenty of room down there for them to grow. All in all a grand week . Roll on some weeks of sunshine so we can really benefit all of that hard work.
Tomatoes are coming along. The last photo was taken on 21st April. What a difference in only six weeks.
Hopefully there’ll be grapes this year.
The sweetcorn, french beans and patty pan squash. I took this photo at 9:30 at night and can’t decide if the photo is better with or without the flash
Some gratuitous chick photos. They are 10 weeks old now.