Everything’s growing

Well, the allotment is looking so good. The weather has been lovely, warm, sunny with the occasional rain shower and everything is thriving from it.

The asparagus has really settled well and, apart from two plants, has sprouted, we can’t harvest any this year but leave it to bloom. It’s so delicate and looks very pretty.

The sweetcorn, leeks and cabbages are doing fine but the broccoli has really taken off (except the one eaten by something)

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The peas are doing better than last year, although that’s not difficult, however the beans are struggling and I’ve put in some new seeds. The potatoes have been earthed up and sprouted through again. The strawberries and courgettes are flowering happily. I’ve only planted two courgette plants, a yellow and green. I learned the hard way last year how quickly they grow and produce.

I bought some thornless blackberries, (a hybrid of raspberry, loganberry and blackberry) and built arches for them to grow over, and put lavender it the middle.

The rest of the fruit is coming along, I’ve already started harvesting and giving away the rhubarb, the raspberries, gooseberries, blackcurrants, pear, and damson. I’m just hoping I can get to them before the birds do. The tiny little apple tree we brought from home has two buds, so hopefully we will get our first apples from it.

But my favourite part of the allotment has to be the pond area, it has really blossomed into a wildlife area. The flowers have put on a good show this year already and more are appearing. The fish are doing well and we have a resident frog, plus tadpoles in the pond. The bees are loving the pond too and are always around the bricks and iris plants.

I’ve even started sorting the shed and making it pretty by papering the walls in floral wallpaper.

I’m so happy with how things are going, my only plan currently is to put another pond/wildlife area in at the far end, nearest the greenhouse as there seems to be a lot slugs and snails up there and not a lot of plants/greenery apart from the comfrey and a couple of rose bushes.

Talking of the greenhouse, the tomatoes and peppers are doing well, the aubergine is growing but very slowly so I’m not sure if we will actually get anything from it, ever !

I hope your garden/growing space is doing well too.

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Time to shape up

I’ve been having another look at the 50 things list again and some of them are not going to be achieved, or at least not as they currently are. So I’ve had a think and am going to roll a few together and amend them.

The first are the running ones, the 5k, 10k, half and full marathons. In the past I have done 5k runs, plus charity walks and I even walked a half marathon but facing reality I’m not going to complete a full marathon in the next four years.

So here’s the plan, starting from this month, May, I am going to aim to walk,jog or run 26 miles every month. That is an achievable task, the average month has four weeks so going to the gym twice a week would mean walking around 3.25 miles per session. This isn’t a difficult task but needs some commitment. It’s not easy to keep track when at the allotment as I generally don’t have a tracker with me, my phone isn’t reliable for this, but I will include days out, walks etc. 

So here goes, by the time you read this I will have already started and I will give updates with how the challenge is going and the effects (good or bad)

Wish me luck ….

Quite Interesting

I follow @qikipedia on twitter, they are the people behind the TV show QI and daily they share strange and unusual facts they find. I love reading them, some are fascinating, others funny, but all educational to an extent. I thought I’d share a few of my favourite ones I’ve seen recently…

  • If you’re unmarried by age 25 in Denmark, you get cinnamon thrown on you for your birthday. (lets hope you don’t get it in your eyes) 
  • The letters Q, X and W were banned from the Turkish alphabet until 2013. (I’ve yet to discover the reason)
  • Men’s beards contain more pathogenic bacteria than dogs fur does. (one to think about !)
  • After Montenegro became independent of Yugoslavia, it’s internet domain name changed from .yu to .me (clever and cute)
  • The film ‘cloudy with a chance of meatballs’ was released in Israel as ‘It’s raining falafel’ whilst in Poland it was named ‘Meatballs and other weather phenomena’. (mmm Falafel )
  • The M’s in M&M’s stands for Mars and Murrie, the surnames of the two men who developed them.
  • The 1875 Chamber street fire released a torrent of whisky into the streets of Dublin. No-one died in the fire, but 13 people did die from alcohol poisoning.

As the name suggests it’s quite interesting.

 

 

Spring has sprung

The sun is shining and the weather is really warming up now. Everything is starting to bloom, including the weeds !

The Easter weekend was perfect weather, dry and hot, to finally get stuck in and get planting some of the huge seedlings.

I arrived at the allotment to find a gift from a neighbour of 6 broccoli plants and 4 cabbages, as I already had plenty of these I passed them on to another plot holder who was very grateful.

I decided to plant up the six, newly created, box patches. One has sweetcorn, the second has broccoli, third has kale, spring onion and two rows of multi-coloured heritage carrots, the fourth has leeks, the fifth has cabbage and cauliflower and the last has courgettes.

 

I have also planted 4 rows of Paris market carrots alongside the onions and garlic, both of which are doing really well. I finally managed to get the main crop potatoes in (after a lot of weeding), the earlies went in a month ago and have started sprouting and these have been earthed up.

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The peas are doing well, however the beans haven’t done so well since being planted out and I’ve put some more seeds in, so hopefully they will grow.

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The strawberries are flowering as are the raspberries, they have settled well after being moved to a new spot and are growing well, although it’ll be another year or so before we get any to eat. Likewise the gooseberries, red and black currants are also starting to fruit.

The pond area needed a lot of work and after many hours is only about half weeded, however the bulbs planted have all started sprouting and the colours are lovely. There’s still a lot to do but the fish seem happy enough and we’ve got a few water snails to try and keep the green algae down. The wood chip man brought us some large logs and I’ve used some around this area to create more places for the wildlife to perch and hide and it’s working.

 

In the greenhouse we have aubergines, two types of tomatoes, chilli peppers and 3 varieties of sweet peppers.

 

It’s lovely to finally have things planted and growing but still plenty to do, mostly weeding !

Happy growing everyone.