2015

Cancelled train…time for day dreams!

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Once upon a time we had a frog visitor on our allotment. Which I thought was very good… Till I realised i couldn’t squashing it! Oh the fear!! But think of the slugs being eaten….yipee!!

I have seen ponds on other plots and it seems such a good idea. Does anybody else have a pond on the plot and any advice? I’m thinking a mini wildlife pond.

And then I saw this….

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Which I think is amazing and once I have a big enough garden I am going on a sourcing mission! But it’s not especially wildlife friendly….

I do fancy a pond in a pot… But I think it’s all a bit fancy pants… When I just need a waterproof hole in ground πŸ™‚ I’m thinking a hole I can’t fall into would be ideal!!

A week of funshine!

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It’s been a busy week….so a quick review….
Birthday. 30. Just enough time to water and save a bee at the plot. Then a mystery day out. Amazing Indian lunch with chocolate samosa. Garden museum. Crazy cocktails at Purl.Β  And japanese dinner. Lovely day and sunset!

And then we had a week off work. And possibly the best UK weather. Ever!! I have to admit its been much to hot for me at the allotment. Instead we have been rather lazy sitting at the park/ reading/ bbqing/ drinking bubbly/going to the beach/going to Hampton court flower show… All in the glorious sun and heat!! πŸ™‚

With it being so hot the plot has needed a lot of water. And we have started getting crops in, which is always exciting! And it’s non stop sweet pea season.

This week we have had:
Red currants
Broad beans
Spring onions
Sweet peas
Blueberries
Raspberries
Cucumber

Growing success:
-Cucumbers and going like crazy (1st year growing)
-Chillies have flowers!
-Lots of courgette on the way!
-Spring onions (1st year growing)
-Leeks
-Onions!! (First year these have worked!!)

Growing worries:
-Tomatoes seem slow… But making progress
-Potatoes. Only my maincrop have flowered. But we shall see what unfolds.
-garlic epic, but a little less than last year! So that’s a positive at least!

I have started tagging my sweet peas so I know the colours for next year. I ended up with so much white this year! Struggling to know when to stop cutting and just let them go to seed. Any advice?

I’m really pleased with the plot as I feel we have maxed out our growing space this year. The last few years of trail and error are teaching me so much. But there is always a little gap or project to be worked on!!

Photos to follow! And Hampton court show post to follow also!! 🌱

Last weekends plot activities!

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I spent a large chunk of Sunday on the plot. Yay!!

– And I got new gardening gloves! Mine either have bee’s living in them or ends of fingers missing. So new gloves are amazing!!

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-I used up some more of my mountain of stones (word of advice… A mountain of stones… Bad idea. Takes agggges to sort out). But that space is now flat!… Or at least flat enough for one of my new ‘mobile’ grow bags. (Mobile if you have super human strength!) Anyway it’s extra grow space that was not there before… Yippee! I have 3 of these grow bags and waited an age for them to arrive. I need to go back with seeds to get things growing! They take lots more soil than I realised

– I fixed and set a new path with those stones! πŸ™‚

– I did some good old weeding! 3 years in the weeding is getting easier.

– I evaluated my dead garlic bulbs… About 1/3 and replaced with two tomato plants (back ups that never made it) from my greenhouse. I get mixed results from outdoor toms… But I would rather have the space busy.

-I sorted out my sweet peas and tied them in. Flowers clipped and home for sharing.

– and I potted up my sole soybean plant… My 2nd cucumber plant… And one of the caped gooseberry plants.

My lovely husband has been taking care of the plot for the last 2 days. So tonight will be my first visit in a few days. I love these visits as everything grows like crazy whilst your not looking!

Weekend away…photos to be added

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It was our anniversary last weekend.

One year has flown by and the sweet peas generation 2 have bloomed!
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This year we took ourselves to Devon.
And spent the weekend in this bell tent.
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Words cannot describe how lovely this place is!
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These lovely ladies supplied us with fresh eggs. I might have fallen in love (just a bit) with chickens now!! And we did actually leave the farm.

We went to…. Overbeck’s We had a great 6 mile coastal walk to the house (3 miles each way) and the garden was stunning! One of my favourites!..
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I have a list of plants I want which is always a good sign! The house told a quirky story and was very much like a mini natural history museum. We also went to Saltram. Again lovely gardens, but we had a great cup of tea and cake here!
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I was very inspired by the Orangarie. And the bees thought the same!!
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And we even spotted the Devon chilli farm! And had a little stop off and treated ourselves to a plant! WordPress for android is driving me crackers so check out Β bloomorbustblogΒ for some photos. I will try persist with WordPress.

From plot to plate

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Tonight’s strawberry haul.

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June time!

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My post from last week failed. So this week is a double update.

The plot has been thundering along during these last few weeks.

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The plot

And with the addition of some stone paths (at last!….a use for my mountain of stones!) it’s looking a bit smarter.

The chillies and greenhouse friends are all doing ok. But I might need to take them home to get them flowering.

I have got cucumbers appearing. And still going strong! This is my first year growing these so I am really chuffed!

We have had lots of strawberries already. And we have lots of plants dotted around the plot now. Mainly from runners. My original plants will be 4 next year, so this will be the last year and the runners from this year will take over. Although I might keep my oldies a bit longer. Feel sad to say goodbye!!

The raspberry bushes are even growing fruit! I really didn’t expect this as it is the first year. So they seem to be approving! And my 3 replacement raspberries appear… To be ok… But slow progress.

The sweet peas are doing well… And we have had our first blooms.

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Otherwise:
Onions
Garlic
Bbeans
Spinach
Courgette
Potatoes
Tomatoes
Are all doing ok.

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My blog is rather glitch ridden at the moment. Hopefully my next post will be a bit easier!

May green fingers!

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Feeling a bit of a blog block at the moment! But the plot is making great progress. πŸ™‚

Greenhouse has 12 resident tomatoes; in 4 grow bags. One resident cucumber plant also in a grow bag.

We kept the Physalis plants going…. and its been far to long…. but these have been potted on over the weekend. Having been given a good water and some growing space they are looking much stronger.

Outside my strawberries are turning out some good fruit. I really should net and straw them asap!

My garlic and onions are doing ok, but I have spotted some rust on a nearby plot. Just keeping my fingers crossed.

Bbeans are doing well after initially being dug up by accident! I’m seeing lots of flowers and turning a blind eye to the nibbled leaves.

I have planted sunflowers at the ends of each bed… Hopefully this will look very jolly once they shoot up. The sweet pea dividers seem to be growing along well! I’m waiting for the 14th June as that was our first proper buds last year and just in time for our wedding last year! After this date the sweet peas really got cracking, and this year we will be here to enjoy them πŸ™‚ that’s only….18 days away!

I have all 9 raspberry plans in… Suppounded by strawberry runners from last year. I figured these would be the most determine to battle the raspberry rambling spirit! My 3 mid season were a toltal fail so I got them replaced… I’m keeping my fingers crossed for the new plants… But I doubt I will get much from them this year.

Otherwise it’s the z bed….spinach, rocket, Courgette 1, beetroot, carrot (patchy and I don’t like carrots… He he heee!) And leeks.

And potatoes! And Courgette 2…. And some cheeky spring onions. It appears I killed my rhubarb plant… One to try again.

I have lots still on pots… Needing homes… It’s a mission to fit it all in. but I will find a way!

I got the hammock stand up and bbq out (as no space in greenhouse) πŸ™‚ just need a sunny weekend to enjoy some lounging!

White worms with tiny alien leaves!

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I was reading ‘Kew on a plate’ book on the weekend. I came across the words. Never force a crown of rhubarb in the first two years. Why have I not been told this before!

Anyway…

I released the rhubarb. I guess you have to see the funny side, but needless to say it did not look healthy. White worms with tiny alien leaves is probably the best description!

But I have hope that it might come back to life?!

Watering run!

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We went to the plot last night for a quick water run. It’s always great to see progress even when you are not looking.

The beds are almost all set:

Strawberries and a few onions
Garlic and onions
Broad beans
Greenhouse bed: Flowers and illegal strawberries πŸ™‚
Raspberries full season. And strawberries friends. Although my mid season never grew. So I had a moan… Replacements being sent end of May.
Carrots
Leeks
Sweet peas!!
Spring onions
Potatoes… All but my last maincrop went in. I need to find a late spot for these…. I have a plan. But it’s going to take some hard graft!

Things outside in pots…. To go into ground:
Beetroot
Sweet pea left overs
California poppy… Need to divide and plant out

Things in greenhouse:
Tomatoes… Far to many so some of these will require re home this weekend?
Cucumber plants…re home some again and trade for Courgette plants
Sunflowers that didn’t get eaten by mouse… to go outside to toughen up. And I need to source some more!
Chillies
Cape gooseberry (aka Ryan gosling gosberries)

And I have more seeds to sow and re sow!

Greenhouse SOS!

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Oooh no!

It’s Monday….
I’m on the train to work…
And it’s hot! (it’s hot on my train anyway) but it’s been sunny all weekend. It snuck past me as have been on a DIY mission! So I have an entire day of thinking…. What will have survived in the greenhouse!? Plant SOS mission after work!

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Probably need some pots like this!