2013

Christmas plot visit!

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For Christmas Santa surprised me with some gardening inspiration.
Some books
-Garden people (thanks Sarah!)
-Allotment month by month; (thanks tom!)
-Preserves; how to make lovely jams and other delights! (thanks Heather!)
And some gardening kit;
-A greenhouse thermometer
-And some chalk board tags
I was also eyeing up my parents gardening books  🙂

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Saturday I managed to get down the plot for a couple of hours.

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I was shocked to see the water but is full to the brim! Even with my bad connection! I know I shouldn’t be surprised with all the rain we had.

Also all the garlic has grown. I planted one lot out.

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I cleared and dug over the two back beds. And I have just invested in 4 bags of manure in preparation for a new years day dig!

Plot promise!

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Oh dear it’s nearly another month and the plot has been neglected again. Life just seems too busy at the moment!

But next Saturday as soon as the sun is up I will run down with my scruffy jeans on.

Baby it’s cold outside!

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So I have abandoned the plot for nearly a month. And it looked suitably sad.

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One flopped bed!

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Some of my garlic and a few onions are showing signs of life, but I have a fair few non starters. Time will tell I guess. But my nets are working a treat at keeping the leaves off.

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I forgot my cabbages!

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And my strawberries have gone wild. Bit unsure what tlc I should be applying.

Next weekend I plan to my rake out and have a tidy up… I promise!

Tomato cull

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So today the big cull took place! Boo hoo!

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So it seems a great time to review our amazing tomato year!

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We have not had to buy tomatoes since about July!
And made lots of chutney

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We had whole vines!

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We had little ones

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And others that looked like Elvis!

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We even won a prize!

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It’s been a jungle at times!

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And it’s mostly been held up by various gardening tools! And watered twice a day through the summer!

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We have come along way from the little pack of seeds and widow sill days!

Lots of hard work, but can’t wait till next year!

Garlic and onions!

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Today i purchased some garlic bulbs:

Early purple wight; soft neck

Carcassonne wight; hard neck

And onion sets:

Radar

Tomorrow they will hopefully go in 🙂 but i have hurt my shoulder…. so i might need to enlist some help!

The plot was covered in leaves today; so i can see it will be a bit of an issue over winter. As a result I will net my onions and garlic to  give them a helping hand. Also planning to dig over/weed/manure and tuck up the other beds tomorrow for a snugly winter!

My tomatoes are still going; but tomorrow  they will meet the end… Planning my last chutney batch.

The chillies and the skinned finger

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So we tried the chillies!
They were hot and smell like rhubarb. I am now trying to re home my mountain of chocolate habenero chillies, as they literally set your mouth on fire! But I am going to try a rocket booster chutney with a few! Also my ‘nice’ chillies are getting ripe… finally.

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Today I gathered a surprising amount of tomatoes, some small Courgettes and Rosemary (which I accidentally lopped off) not a bad haul! I’m amazed my tomatoes just keep going in the greenhouse. Even with once a week watering!

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I also skinned my finger, whilst digging in half the  green manure. You can are the rather hedge like patch…

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I saw a late sweet pea flower too!

Poorly ploting

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Today I pulled up our last potatoes.

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Should keep us going for a bit.

Poor plot

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My poor plot has been a bit neglected. I feel bad

I went down last weekend and some of my sunflowers had gone splat face down. Was a sad sight, but I hope the squirrels enjoyed it!

But… tomorrow I am popping in first thing, and I hope it’s clinging onto life. It’s just too dark now by the time I have finished work.

I’m on a tomato hunt and I suspect they are still cracking on.

My chillies have gone wild at home and I have them coming out my ears!

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Although lots of the new flowers are dropping off. I even invested in some chilli lights!

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I’m planning some re homes now I know they are ok indoors.

This weekend I can dig up my last main crop potatoes… And I’m sure a bit of tlc is in order! Can’t wait to get back down the plot with my scruffy jeans!

Chilies are coming home

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It’s a bit nippy so we moved one batch of chilli plants home today. One is heading off to a new home… and the others will take up residence in the flat. Hopefully the fruit will keep turning  🙂 also will be great decoration for Mexican night.

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Mini plot day

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On my mini plot visit today I dug up my first lot of main crop potatoes.

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I has hoped for more. But it’s ok for a start. I found my first rotten potato 😦 so I quickly chopped my other plant tops off. I read that this helps the skins to set ready to pull them up for storage. 2 weeks time I will update!

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Other than potatoes I got…
Lots of tomatoes and two lovely sunflower heads!