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Monday, May 15, 2017

The Allotments Progress Over a Period of a Month

The Allotment's progressing nicely even if I do say so myself!

Hi folks, been a while since I wrote on my blog about the allotment, been so so busy!

Over the past couple of weeks I took photo's of the plants in the greenhouse and on the plot to show you all how much things have progressed.

I must have a really good site because everything seems to be popping up everywhere including the weeds and the grass in the borders.

It really is extremely hard work, staying enthusiastic is becoming quite a challenge because, me, I am not very patient. I like to be able to do something and that's it it's done, no waiting around for things to happen.

With the allotment it truly is a waiting game, lots of work and lots of waiting around for things to happen. And then it is also out of your control, you can sow the seeds, pot them on, water them and talk to them (if that's what you like to do!) but then the rest is really out of your hands.

Being in control and a positive thinker is really tested when at the allotment because there is always so much to do and I honestly think that I will never get on top of all the jobs no matter how hard I work.

When I get home after spending a full day at the allotment although I am totally relaxed  I am totally exhausted!

I can see why most of the allotmenteers are retired, they have the time on their side with their neat plots, makes me a little envious. I know, my time will come but not for some time yet and am I really ready for that, no, I don't think I am.

After a week off and not helping the patience at the surgery I realise how much I devote my energy on them and I really am not ready to give up on them yet.

Anyway, take a look at the progress.....

Week 1
week 2

As you can see in the week 2 picture the plants have become well established, canes have been put in place ready for the tomatoes the climb up freely. Amazing how much they have grown in the space of a week.

Week 1
Week 2

And I would say that week 2 on the opposite side of the greenhouse has doubled in size too.

Week 1

Ok, so this is the swedes and as you can see they have only just started to appear.

Week 2

And the picture above clearly shows have much they have grown in the space of a week, de-weeding needs to be done and I am determined to get up to the allotment to do this at the weekend.


I think the little gems are almost ready to dig up, I ran out of time and haven't had a chance to de-weed either. When I looked closer I could also see that there was definitely another row of something in between the lettuces and I don't mean weeds, there is definitely something else in this bed, so, we shall have to wait and see.


Radishes and Rocket just starting to appear

week 1
Week 2

And look at this, double the size in week 2. Wow, I'm impressed even if I do say so myself.

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eek 1
Week 2

Under the cloche I have put in sweetcorn seeds, as the weeds are growing under there I am sure that they will come up soon, I hope they do anyway, I would love to be able to say that I have grown my own sweetcorn.

Now I'm not at all proud of this sight! This bed has my chard bright lights in it, and the idea is for it to look great alongside the sweetpeas and dill in the middle beds and then on the other side chard bright lights too.

Week 1
Week 2

And in week two as you can see the weeds too have doubled in size! I can now see the chard and when I go up to the allotment the two chard beds are the first I intend to sort out. How embarrassing! Time just goes so quickly, and there were seeds to be sown and that takes so much time. Now that's done I can concentrate on de-weeding and mowing the lawn.

Week 1

So the sweet peas are happy and starting to grow and so is the lavetara, just need to keep tying in the sweet peas. And clear the chard plots!

 Week 2



week 1

The broad beans too are growing beautifully, the bed behind them have all sorts of things in it. I'll talk about that when the seedlings appear.

Week 2
Amazing!

So the two beds below, the one at the back with the netting is the cauliflower bed and the other one is the onion bed.

The cauliflowers have been nibbled a little and this happened because I hadn't covered them with netting. And the onions are few and far between so there is plenty of room in the bed for my leeks.

week 1

Week 2

Leeks are all in now and it took me absolutely ages, at least four hours, firstly I had to make holes then drop the leeks into each hole and then fill them with water, doesn't sound much but it really did test my patients. Glad that job is done.


week 1
Week 2

The cauliflowers have now been sorted out and hubby has put up plastic tubing so that the netting is off of the them, I'll see how they go and if I think there is a chance of them producing flowers they can stay in. 


Spuds are coming up, really pleased with there progress too.

So all in all things are progressing very nicely although time has been against me since day 1.

I really have to try to fit in some more time after our trip to France as the time is going to be needed to keep up with the de-weeding, sowing more seeds and the watering seems to take for ever.

Out of all the jobs the watering for me seems to be the most tedious. Thank goodness we have some rain in the South at the moment so the greenhouse is all that needs to be watered three times a week.

That said I hope it doesn't rain to much as a load of the seeds aren't up yet and I don't want them to flood and not come up at all.

So much to think about....

The Suntop

The shrubs in the back garden have grown a little to big now and I can't even see the suntop! That said the seeds do really well and the whole of the allotment has been filled up by seeds grown in the suntop and in the greenhouse at the allotment.


All of the peppers are growing nicely in the suntop at the mo but as of next week they are going to be hardened off and put out in the final bed at the allotment. I know I am taking a chance but I believe they will do better outside than in and I just haven't got the room in greenhouse for them to grow on in there.


Above are the sunflowers and the messy part of the suntop that you can't see normally as it is at floor level. I have now tidied it up and everything looks a whole lot different than it did when I took this piccy.





So, in the trays with lids are the pumpkin seeds and squashes and cabbages, hopefully they will be up soon.



The herb rockery is looking lovely....






That's it then, up to date, that brings us up to yesterday. Most of the seeds are in and the next job is to weed and then to get the grass borders looking smarter.

Hopefully once that is done it will be a case of just trying to keep on top of everything and adding more seeds as the first batch start to reach full growth.

With our France trip approaching quickly I don't think I will reach my target, that said, does it really matter? I have to learn that if I don't meet my goal for that day that it really doesn't matter and make it more fun (yeah right, who am I kidding!)

Exciting ehh, I saw the red of my first radish yesterday, so I'm hoping to have some ready to pull at the weekend.

Sad to get excited over a radish I know!

Until next time, happy allotmenteering and lets hope that our new crops don't get water logged with this wonderful UK weather........


Oh and thanks for following my story on the allotment.

(Update:- from wonderful sunny France.

So I am sat here and realise that I haven't posted my allotment blog!

The weather here in France is 24 degrees and sunny. Tomorrow we return to the UK and it's wonderful weather.

I can't wait to visit my allotment, family have kept me up to date with the weather and I am quite sure after 9 days the plants would have tripled in size.)

Look out for my next allotment blog with an update and piccies.

Happy allotmenting....


Monday, April 10, 2017

Finding Muscles Where I Never new I had Them After Working on the Allotment

Been so busy at the allotment everything progressing nicely!

Hi everyone, been so busy down at the allotment everything seems to be moving on far to quickly for me. Time for an update.

So what you can see below is the cold frame full of plants that were originally in the greenhouse, my aim is to get them out into the ground at the weekend. I thought when I built it there would be plenty of room for the plants that needed to be hardened off but things are just progressing so very quickly.


What we have in the picture above is the cauli's, leeks, beans and sweet peas all raring to go in the ground since I wrote last on my blog about the allotment.



Loads and loads of work to do, the leeks will stay in the cold frame but the cauli's and sweet peas are well ready to go in the ground.


The greenhouse is really well placed with the sunshine on it most of the day, as you can see the courgettes and the sweetcorn are doing really well.


Sprout seedlings above planted last week, up the next week! Amazing....


Tomato plants are just thriving, it really is remarkable how well everything is doing here.....


Celeriac, peppers, melons, unbelievable!

Suntop at home pictured below is to doing really well, lettuces, nasturiam, lavetera, more tomatoes, melons and courgettes.




Now I am going to be honest now, I do have a couple of trays of plants like the one above that I have for some unknown reason not labelled, I'm sure there are others like me that have forgotten to label! Any ideas? I think they maybe peppers but not quite sure.....




Back to the allotment, and I'm not kidding you, my body after mowing the grass and trying to sort the borders with my new push lawn mower and my bare hands is and are sore and very tender, as if I had worked out at the gym two days in a row on all of the different apparatus! Talk about a workout.



Before mowing above......


And after 10 hours hard labour!!!!


The two main men in my life came up and repaired the felt roof, no more puddles in the shed!




They both worked really hard and done a brilliant job (rose bush wasn't to happy though!)



I've also uncovered all of the beds ready for the plants and seeds to go in. The soil was dug back at the beginning of the year and now all I have to do is rake over before I start planting. Just can't wait for this bit in the project.




Lovely new felt roof. Well done my lovelies.....


No sign of chard yet, only time will tell......


Garlic's doing wonderfully.....


And so are the beans.

So there you have it, a lot has been going on since the last time on my blog. And I'm sure that things are going to progress very quickly.

The plan this weekend, put up the wigwams for the sweetpeas and get them in, put the cauli's in, move the courgettes into the coldframe and the tomatoes, sow some seeds into the seed bed, which I have to choose which of the beds is going to be the actual seed bed as I have never had one before but Monty Don said on Gardeners World that we would reap the rewards if we sow them into a seed bed first, so thats my plan.

I have a holiday at the end of May to France so I am planning to harden off everything so that I can move it outside the greenhouse because the greenhouse gets far to warm, my plan is to take one of the tables out of the greenhouse turn it upside down on the decking by the shed which gets some shade during the day then put all the plants on the inside of the table (stay with me!) and then cover the table with netting to stop the birds getting to the plants, I could also feel the bottom of the table with water it is metal and the plants would be fed from under instead of on top, not sure if I have explained that very well but I understand what I mean and I'll show you in a later blog what I mean.

The theory being that the plants will survive a week with me not being up there, your thoughts or ideas would be greatly appreciated!

Can you see the blackbird in her nest?


My blacky has been on her nest for over 15 days now, surely the babies should hatch soon!

Anyway for now folks thats all up to date, I hope I can make time to come back later to talk about my allotment and update you all with my progress and not leave it so long next time.

Until later happy allotmenting!