Showing posts with label plants. Show all posts
Showing posts with label plants. 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!

Friday, March 10, 2017

I Thought The Idea Was to Grow From Seed in The Ground at Your Allotment he Said

Tomorrow I will sow Parsnips!

Well, what a response I got when I asked an allotmenteer how tall do my leeks need to be in the trays before I pot them on....

Everything is looking happy at the allotment, but I think that I am getting a little confused.....

You see, I have always loved gardening and I have always loved to potter around my little garden and have a go at growing flowers. I started with one of those little three tier greenhouses and have progressed from that to my lovely suntop and now my allotment with it's gorgeous greenhouse.

But, I think I have probably started my allotment journey a tad confused....

You see, Jeff the allotmenteer I was speaking too (ironic he has the same name as my critical hubby!) after mentioning to him that I wasn't sure what I should do with my leek seeds that are in trays, said to me, but I thought the idea was to grow from seed in the ground. I paused after thinking about what he said and hastily said yes I know but I have a huge greenhouse which I am growing from seed the veges to plant in the beds later.

Although he was an experienced allotmenteer he couldn't answer my question because he sows straight in the ground.

It got me thinking...

Am I approaching this new exciting challenge in my life the wrong way? Because I had and have always grown in a greenhouse in pots and then potted on and then planted out in it's final space or pot, I totally forgot in my head that I now have the space to plant in beds without starting from seed in a greenhouse.

That said, I like sowing seeds in pots and potting on so I am not going to change my ways. However, I am going to start sowing seeds straight in the beds tomorrow.

Reluctantly I must add, apprehensive, excited and nervous because you see I have never done it that way.

What if I sow the seeds to deep or to shallow? What if it's to cold? What if....... So many what if's.

It doesn't matter how many gardening books or mags I read I am to say the least so nervous and apprehensiveabout wasting time with no rewards, talk about newbies when it comes to growing in the ground. Watch this space to see if I succeed.

I suppose having the plants growing nicely both in the suntop and the greenhouse I have backup but I know that I have to take that step into the unknown. Yes, I'm ready and tomorrow I will sow parsnips!

So I'm hoping Brad wants to come up to the allotment with me this weekend, I might be lucky will see.

Jobs fore the weekend:-
Divide Snowdrops
Sow Broad Beans (done this already)
Prune Autumn Fruiting trees

Weather this weekend is rain at times with sunny spells, and maybe a little frost.

For now then, happy allotmenting.....

(Brad we really must get Grumps to take a better piccy of us!)😁

Monday, February 13, 2017

Lets Talk Teams at Motogp and More to chinwagwithme About...

Not long now folks....

So I guess your wondering if someone has stolen my profile picture, well, let me explain.....

I have been writing on the kinja site for over a year now and I have never in all the time I have written on the site had any comments from my followers. Now don't you find that odd? I have many followers now via Twitter, Instragram, Facebook, Pinterest and my and I find it absolutely amazing that not one person has added a comment! I want you all to get involved, this site enables you to leave comments which I will have great pleasure in responding too.

Hence my setting up a new blog.

Now, everything is the same except the website address and possibly adverts appearing which you can either ignore or click on if you are interested in them the choice is yours.

Anyway, I hope that explains everything to you and I am still trying to find my way around this site so please forgive any problems.

Moving on,

Positive writing about anything and everything is what you will find on this site and if you come in you will leave with no negativity I hope!

So here we have it, the Motogp line up for this season and it's gonna be a good one!

2017 Motogp Teams

Here we go these are the teams for
this year.

Movistar Yamaha Motogp
Valentino Rossi
Maverick Vinales

Repsol Honda Team
Marc Marquez
Danni Pedrosa

Ducati Team
Jorge Lorenzo
Andrea Dovizioso

Team Suzuki Ecstar
Andrea Iannone
Alex Rins

Aprilia Racing Team Gresini
Alex Espargaro
Sam Lowes

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
Pol Espargaro
Bradley Smith

LCR Honda
Cal Crutchlow

Estrella Galicia O,O Marc VDS
Jack Miller
Tito Rabat

Monster Yamaha Tech 3
Johann Zarco
Jonas Folger

Reale Esponsorama Racing
Hector Barbara
Loris Baz

Octo Pramac Racing
Danilo Petrucci
Scott Redding

Pull&Bear Aspar Team
Alvaro Bautista
Karel Abraham

As I have said in previous posts I really think that Maverick Vinales is going to give Valentino a run for his money this year. With the Doctor at his heels he will be wanting to give it his best shot. I have read somewhere that the team is extremely positive and ready to rock and roll.

So, not long now then Rossi, the wait will soon be over and you can get out there on your new fab bike, enjoy the ride and come back with the 10th title as your fans are hoping like you you will achieve it.

 Total respect is what me and your fans all have for you.

Here are the race meet dates again for everyone just in case you haven't jotted them down yet.

Other than fiddling about with my computer and trying to set up this new account I have had a little time in the suntop and up at the greenhouse, the weather has been freezing and not very encouraging for the gardeners in us ehh. I decided that I must get out and do some more seeding and see whether anything had appeared.

In the suntop...

Really pleased with the sweetpeas, just can't believe that they are alive. The suntop must contain it's little amount of heat well because the plants are continuing to grow. So pleased.....

Now the leeks haven't appeared yet, although as you can see below there are just little dots appearing above the soil.

Won't be long now, just needs a little more sunshine to bring them right out.

Thought you may be interested in how I water the little seedlings, so, I use an old window cleaner bottle for the trays which just need a little spray and then I use the old washing up bottle to squirt around the plants that have already appeared, making sure not to touch the delicate leaves. Works a treat.
Trays are still all covered, hopefully next week the temperature will improve and as soon as they show their little heads I can remove the covers.
Now going back to the sweet peas, I checked under the pots and as you can see the roots are growing nicely, I won't pot them on until the weather warms a little to give them the best chance possible to grow on.

So, I wanted to do some sowing today and filled some more trays with compost ready. What I do is firm the soil down and then use another tray pressing it down on top to level it, I then water the trays before sowing.
I have to go up to the allotment, so will leave these trays for a moment and come back to them a bit later to sow.

Although it's very cold I have persuaded hubby to walk up to the allotment with me to check the seeds that I sowed a few weeks ago, I'm sure that they wouldn't have appeared yet but a little spray of water wouldn't go a miss.

At the allotment.....

Gosh it's so cold up at the allotment today, but a real pleasure to be here anyway.

Below are the broad beans and they are coming on lovely, every week I take a piccy of them and they are growing really well. Nature is such a wonderful thing, you wouldn't think for one minute that they would grow or stay alive in the cold.

The garlic too continues to grow, it's too cold for me to do anywork on the beds today but can't wait for a bit of sunshine and then I will de-weed.
The onion bed too is showing more signs of the bulbs taking, I'll attack this too when the weather brightens up.
Gosh it looks cold in the piccies.
Now in the greenhouse, nothing has appeared, and to be honest with you I didnt expect anything to have raised it's head, so, I gave each tray and pot a little spray and then recovered them. Fingers crossed I haven't sown the seeds to soon.
Back in the suntop....

After a lovely walk back from the allotment I decided to go and finish off what I started earlier and sowed some more seeds.

So we now have in the suntop sweet peas, leeks, cauliflower, peppers, tomatoes, melon and cucumbers. As I said in a previous post I am testing the water at the moment, I want to see how well the seeds do in the greenhouse at the allotment and in the suntop. Although planted at different times which I'll go into at a later date when we have comparisons between the two the only other difference is the water that I have used. I have used tap water in the suntop and I have used water from the water butt at the allotment. Gonna be interesting to see what the differences are.

That's another load of sowing done, just have to watch this space now to see what the outcomes are....

Back to Motogp....

Will this bike prove to be the one that gets Rossi his 10th title? What do you think?

That's me done for now folks, so here it goes, I'm gonna press that Publish button! I hope that the blog looks good and I hope that I can share it with all of you my followers, if it doesn't work your know because my next blog will be back with Kinja.

Ride safe my friends and enjoy the allotment you budding allotmenteers if you have the chance to go this week.

Until laters....