Allotment… day 12

What a day. Andy Murray won, we ate our first radishes and Elizabeth ate the first (small) carrot!

I also dug out another spades width of the allotment, which from one angle looks great and the other angle is pretty depressing. I know the thing about being patient, but I’m not renowned for that…hey, at least I’m learning something! Mum and Dad dropped around a raised bed for my asparagus bed yesterday. That is going to be the last part of the allotment, so this is going to be a good test of patience!

The sun is really helping the veg grow, and the difference in the size of courgette plant in the mini greenhouse is huge compared to the ones that are planted out. The weeds are trying to mount a coup, but I have my sturdy hoe – they are no match for us ūüôā ¬†The chard is going well, which brings me to my next question – what is chard, and how the hell do you eat it?!

And, in a bonus feature, our roses are blooming marvellous!



Allotment… day 11

Slugs! Buggers I say. I caught them nibbling, nay feasting on our poor bedraggled cauliflower today. More pellets dispersed and slugs slugged.

I also dug out two more spade-widths of the plot – about half a metre.The ground is lovely to dig through at the moment – just like a rich chocolate cake. There seem to be fewer weeds in the middle, and I’m hoping it stays that way!

I picked out some of the weeds that are around the radish and courgette and then made sure the tomatoes are happy. I still don’t know what the tomato bush is…all I know is that it doesn’t look like a tomato plant!


Allotment… day 8

I say ‘dig’, you say ‘ow’… just me then.

I measured how much more digging there is to do on the current side last night, and there was 30ft in length. Today I dug 2ft. 28 to go (see, I can even do maths after digging!) Essentially it is all the darker soil at the front of the photo below.

Fewer weeds again today than yesterday, I’m hoping this trend continues. There do seem to be a heck of a lot of stones though…

The allotment was graced with a visit from Jet and Elizabeth and Elizabeth played with the dog from the next door allotment. It was very funny to watch, she was so happy.

I have a feeling that a few of the things I have planted won’t make it. Ironically, it appears the carrots will do well, it is the courgettes and chard that look knackered. We’ll see.


Allotment… day 7

I only spent a short amount of time at the allotment today, but got a lot done. I dug out one more row, finishing a second bed off. I have now dug 25% of one side of the allotment! I hesitate to say it, but it really isn’t taking that much time to dig now. I seem to have a¬†rhythm going and I’m not sure there’s as many weeds as there were on the edges. Now I’ve said that I’m going to hit the worlds largest weed the next time I go up.¬†

I also watered the vegetables, especially the tomatoes as they wouldn’t have seen much if any of the rain that we’ve had recently. The problem with having so many vegetables planted is they need a lot of water, and the rain we have had hasn’t been enough to fill the water butt. I have enough for the next couple of days, but after that it is ration time.

It looks as though the carrots are happy, although I am not sure I could say the same for the courgettes and chard, but who knows? It may well be that they are taking time to wake up or the rain has beaten them down. Elizabeth and I put some slug pellets down yesterday to try and protect them as much as possible, so hopefully they’ll spring to life soon enough.

Finally, I have planned my raised bed for the asparagus. The wonderful design is in my head, I just need to make it a reality. No rush at all for this, which is lucky, as I have a heck of a lot of digging to get through first!



Allotment… day 6

¬†It is a lesser-known fact that there is a missing verse to the Coldplay song ‘Yellow’. It goes like this:

Look at your hands,

Look how they glow for you,

And everything the gloves touched,

Yeah, they are all yellow.

The one where they had inadvertently worn yellow gloves in the rain and it¬†hilariously¬†turned their hands, you got it, yellow. Well, I did exactly the same thing today. Just think, if they had included this verse in their song, I’d have forewarning!

Yesterday was very rainy, so I stayed away from the allotment; today was less so, so I ended up there for three or four hours. And thanks to only one rain shower, I managed to get a heck of a lot done.

I mended the fence which had nearly fallen down again and¬†moved the tomatoes down along with their sauna and attached them to the outside of the shed (this may be a good, or a very bad idea…we’ll see), They need the sun, and they are not getting it from our garden, so hopefully it’ll work.

I finished digging out the second bed, which was relatively easy apart from being a bit heavy due to the rain. This also gave me a chance to use my shiny new spade which worked well, but then it is an inanimate object and other than a couple of minor differences between spades it largely comes down to how hard you dig. I mean, really, unless they come up with an automatic spade, or reintroduce slaves, it is down to you.

After that, I planted the vegetables I’d been growing in pots, so the chard and sprouts were pretty easy to put in; and then we come to carrots. I’ve been told by more than one person that moving carrots is a bad idea, but here’s the thing. I had about 25 carrots in one very small pot, which meant each root was the size of a pin. The choice was this… if I leave them in the pot they’ll be carrots for the Borrowers; if I take them out they may die, OR they may be actually grow. I chose the latter, sorry Borrowers.

If you haven’t been keeping up, then this is what I have planted so far…

  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Chard
  • Courgette
  • Radish
  • Spring onion
  • Sprouts

I think that’ll be it for planting, unless I can find another vegetable beginning with ‘c’ or the allotment neighbour donates a squash or two. I’ll spend the rest of the year digging over the rest of the plot ready for next year.

Now, in the style of an annoying film that feels like it should have ended ten-minutes ago, I’m going to add a second ending. As I forgot that I had also done some trenching! Yes indeed, the most satisfying digging since the spade was invented. I needed to sort out the dangerous drainage gulleys that were in front of the shed. I also can report that the guttering is doing a fine job as the water butt is about half-full!

Right, I’m off to update the Coldplay section of Wikipedia…ImageImageImage