Monday, March 27, 2017

DIY Cold Frame Made Ready for Hardening of my Grow Your Own Plants

Look at my DIY coldframe made from odds and ends from around the allotment
Not bad eh!

My goodness what a challenge this was! It had to be done though because everything was getting so big in the greenhouse and it's far to warm in there.

Took me around four hours to do, but I was determined to get it done, I found some old panels around the allotment and after digging out the bed and removing most of the soil I placed two of the panels inside the bed, perfect fit, I then moved the cauli's, leeks and sweetpeas into the make shift coldframe and put two more glass panels on top of the frame with a small piece of roofing I also found lying around placed at the far end on top.

Job done, hopefully when I go up to the allotment at the weekend I'll be able to plant out the cauliflowers.

Cauli's and leeks now in the coldframe, good job done!
Marigolds are doing well, they'll be the next to go into the coldframe and I'll put them out with the tomatoes when the frosts are no longer.

Look at the celearic and the cucumbers, amazing, never thought it would be warm enough but must have a really good allotment plot in the proper place. Although I must say it is really windy at the moment on the plot.

Got quite a variety of tomatoes growing and hopefully the greenhouse will be big enough to take them all, although I will try to grow some in the ground later on. Can't believe how big the courgettes have got so I'll pot them on before I leave.

Nasturiams and lavatera looking good too. I'm hoping to add these to the flower border with the Chard and Sweetpeas. Can't wait to get started on that part of the project. Hopefully the colours will make the plot a lot prettier.

So managed to only just fit in repotting the cucumbers and courgettes before it was time to leave.

I must admit I was absolutely shattered when I left and my knees were really giving me jip. I'm hoping that I haven't caused a really big problem with them, my left knee is already dodgy from riding to long on the bike before stopping, now the right one is through kneeling and digging!

Next weekend, all of the plastic is coming off! I just can't stand to look at it any longer, and then I am going to mow in between the beds and tidy the edges, after that if time is available I will plant out the cauli's into the bed at the back on the left hand side. I also need to get on and sow some cabbages.

Feeling really pleased with myself at the moment, everything that I have grown in the greenhouse and in the suntop at home is flourishing. Can't wait to see it all growing in the beds at the allotment.

The Suntop

So the beans and the sweetpeas are well ready to be hardened off.

Every morning I will take the trays of plants out of the suntop and then put them back in at night and next weekend they will be taken up to the allotment to give me more room to grow my flowers for my garden.

So exciting!

I've also grown a tray of little baby gem lettuces in the suntop so if the ones I sowed in the greenhouse at the allotment don't come up once these have been hardened off they can go in with the parsnips!

The thought of failing when planting in the ground is not an option, so backup plan is in place.

Sweetpeas ready to go up to the allotment once they have been completely hardened off

Beans and more sweetpeas to go up to the allotment once hardened off

Moving on, my little blackbird has been sitting on her nest for about ten days now, amazing to watch the amount of time that she spends sitting there, what patience she has!

I tried to get a picture but was concerned I might disturb her, not sure if you can see the outline of her or not.

So, for now that is it, back to work, hopefully everything will be ok up at the allotment, it hasn't been that warm but just a little concerned that it has been warming up over the last few days and I'm hoping the plants can manage until Saturday!

I really wanted to crack on and speak about Motogp, but as I said in a previous blog I have to seperate the two because as the season progresses there is going to be so much that I'm going to want to say!

Keep a look out for my next blog where my enthusiasm for writing about Motogp, Valentino Rossi and the other riders and riding with my hubby is as exciting to me as my allotment.

Until later, happy sowing, digging, planting and watering!

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