Showing posts with label planting. Show all posts
Showing posts with label planting. Show all posts

Monday, April 24, 2017

My Attempt at Making Wigwams for the Sweet peas

No laughing at my Wigwams!

Hi folks, well it's been yet another busy Saturday down at the allotment, I managed to get my wigwams up, no laughing now, it took me ages, not an easy feat, but I finally got them up and the sweet peas are in with lavetera in the middle. Can't wait to see them in the middle of the summer right up the top of the poles, and  I know they smell lovely too!

It doesn't look much at the moment I know, it is getting there though, once all the beds show signs of growth I'm sure that the plot will look totally different than it does now.

Hubbies really good at watering...

The cauli's are doing well and so are the onions, this weekend if the weather is ok I plan to put in the leeks.

No sign from the spuds or the sweetcorn under the cover but the rocket and salad leaves around the outside of the bed are starting to come up.

Now the two beds either side of the wigwams separated by the bricks looks like a load of weeds but in there is chard, because I am not sure what the seedlings would look like I have had to let the weeds grow so that I can distinguish which is the chard!

Little gems are coming up nicely, on Saturday I will tidy them up and put them into neat rows, signs of the parsnips are there too.

Sweetcorn's under the cloche.

Look at these beauties, the sweetpeas are going to be fab....

Cauli's are doing well too, can you see the little row of seeds as well, can't remember what they are at the mo but I have put a label in and will check and let you know later.

Onions are few and far between but the bed will be full once I put in the leeks.

Leeks, Sweetcorn, Tomatoes, Nasturium and Marigolds all ready to go in the ground but me I'm not ready for them!

Chard in there somewhere!
No sign of spuds...

Greenhouse full to the brim!

So I have to plan my time and it's proving to be difficult. Each new challenge I take on takes an awful lot longer than I thought it would. For example, I thought that the wig wams would take lets say one hour max to put up, who was I kidding, they took me a good two hours and then the sweet peas took another two hours to put in and tie in to the canes. Just hoeing the one onion bed took an hour!

It really is very time consuming and very slow to show all the hard work that I put in.

That said I absolutely love it, when I go up next time I look at what I have done so far and the plants growing in the greenhouse, cold frame and the beds and feel really pleased with myself.

I'm still not convinced though that I can actually grow in the ground, sounds daft I know but I haven't got to the stage where I can eat anything yet, once that happens then I will start to believe in myself.

The Suntop

At home in the suntop I have other plants too that I am nurturing  either to go in the garden or up at the allotment.

Sunflowers above which I plan to put right at the back of the allotment so that when I go up I hopefully will be greeted with a load of bright tall yellow flowers which will also hide the fence at the back during the Summer.

Tomatoes and Sweet peppers, these will be taken up to the allotment and grown on in the greenhouse, not yet though, not until I have potted them on.

Lavetera, Celeriac and I'm not sure what the others are, unfortunately lost the marker!

Melons and more plants that have no markers, sure they are flowers...

Little parsley, only one seed took.

Well, that's it for now folks, hubby and I have started to cycle up to the allotment during the week to water, gonna be really fit if I keep this lot up!

Happy allotmenting until later....

No wonder I'm shattered! Just found the picture that I posted in one of my first blog's about the allotment, I'm sure I have sown most of these seeds!!!!

Thanks for following and don't forget to share.....

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!