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Dream balcony/cat garden!

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So I feel a bit rotten that our cat doesn’t have a garden. She is a adopted indoor cat but she likes a good sniff and sit in the sun like most fur faces.

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Our cat in the winter sun!

I have a big net to install and I plan to make a wooden frame so she is 100% safe.

I have done a bit of research and my planting plan is to begin by sourcing below…
1. Cat Grass

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2. Lemongrass

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This also keeps mosquitoes away… For some reason we get a lot at the allotment in the evening…. Might have to try this!
3. Catnip
4. Catmint

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5. Mint
6. Valerian

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7. Cat thyme
8. Spider plants apparently
9. Honeysuckle

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I am sitting waiting for my delayed train into work… So musing about gardening is helping to soften my grump and kill some time. Although touch screen gloves would be an idea in the cold!! BRRR!

And I found this image. Is so beautiful!!! I like to think this is how flossie will feel on our balcony! (A bit…he he! 🐱) cat dreams!

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Cat dreams!
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Sunny day at the plot :)

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I got to the plot at around 10 yesterday morning. It was snug in the greenhouse. At a toasty 17 c!

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Toasty

I dug over my D. carrot bed… And I was feeling all fancy with my twine guide line!

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Twine guides! Get me!!

I might have got a bit carried away… And sown my carrot seeds. Ooops! Historically I don’t really like carrots. So this is my first attempt at growing them. I fear I have sabotaged myself!! 

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Beautiful seeds

I then had a mad panic!… And found a closh in my shed!  Which I deformed enough to cover both rows. It was nice and hot today… So it looked like a carrot sauna by the afternoon. Fingers crossed!

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Carrot sauna!

I also got a bit inspired and started putting sweet pea supports in as mini dividers! Again far to early for this sort of stuff. I just can’t help myself… And makes me look like I have a master plan (i hope) although probably that I am just a bit nutty!

I then had a little lounge in the sun! I am on holiday after all.

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Lazy day

I got both my potato beds de-stoned and dug over. And had a general tidy at both ends. And added some more sweet pea triangles at the end of the back beds.

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Ready for action

I built a tomato support system in my greenhouse…. Using various bits from our inherited storage rack… Every year I have issues with my giant tomato plants. This year I have a plan… No more attack of the triffids!

Then I took a photo of the lovely blue sky! 🙂 Could have been summer time!

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Blue sky in Feb

I organised the new section of my strawberries. Hopefully this means I have an over lap what I take out my 3 year old starwberries. I just need to sort out the crazy back section!…

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Strawberries

I feel like I am getting set for spring now! But I also got told I can’t have anymore space for my growing 😭… I was hopeful to upgrade to a second half plot. But with requests for space now out weighing demand… It can’t be helped. Which is good news for the allotment site, just not for this ambitious grower! So the plan is that I need to become more ingenious with my space!! I might need to invest in some more growing bags…

Right now time to get set for work… Back to reality! I might have to take myself on a walk at lunch… Think it’s another sunny one today!

2015 plot plan!

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So it might be time I made a plan…
My plans have a habbit of changing so I have doodled a layout and given my beds letters. Might give them nick names…
A. Annie
B. Betty
C. Cynthia….Could get rather confusing!

Right here is my wobbly doodle…

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Veg plot 2015

A. Broad beans! However onions and garlic might need to move here!
B. Onions and garlic…
C. Strawberries
D. Carrots
E. Salad bits… Rocket, spinach, lettuce…
F. Beetroot
G. Raspberry bushes x3 summer
H. Raspberry bushes x 6 early
I. Potatoes
J. Potatoes… I might put these into grow bags to free up some more growing space…
K. Courgette… And spring onions.
Flower bed by greenhouse. Sunflowers! And flowers in general
Greenhouse. Tomatoes. Chilli peppers

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Soy beans!

Oh dear I need more space!!
Things I want to squeeze in:
My prized soy bean experiment (i searched for these for a while)! I’m not sure where to grow my soy beans as they need lots of sun… I thought the greenhouse night be an idea?
Sweet peas (I will find space!!)
Leeks
Chard
Flowers for bees!

The sun is shining 🙂 so off I go to the plot… But not before my second breakfast!!

Stage 2: rainy plot visit!

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I saw the weather report for this afternoon; and it didn’t look promising. RAIN!

So I made sure to pack some chocolate buttons for my plot part 2! 😋

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Lots of rain

I was glad I fixed the green house door last week… as it kept me nice and dry!  I don’t know where I would be without our inherited greenhouse!

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Cozy inside the greenhouse!
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Puddles at the plot

Last year my onions And garlic were a bit of a disaster. So this year I am attempting a booster by starting them off in our greenhouse. Might be a huge mistake… But giving it a try

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Onions and garlic

I have been reading a few websites suggesting it’s a good starter… So here goes!

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Onion sets, garlic... Are all go!

With the rain; I had no excuse to not tidy the greenhouse. It’s starting to look a bit more organised! Which hopefully makes everything a bit easier. A tidy greenhouse in a happy greenhouse! Let’s hope!

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Today's tidy!

Day off= my idea of a holiday at the plot!

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I have a few days off work this week. So it’s a great excuse to get to my beloved plot!

Sweet peas are in 🙂

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Sweet peas. Soaked and sown

Last year I grew them in side, this year I am being tough! 💪 starting them off in the green house (no fancy heating, but I do have a door :)).

I got my chilli peppers in… I plan to start these off back at home.

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Chilli pepers

I have a bit of a headache today so I have retreated home. Not before I tipped one of pots of peppers over 😱. Feeling poorly and gardening don’t really work. I need to make a medical kit for the plot… Pain killers, plasters… Maybe some antiseptic tissues!

But now I need lunch! Just need to move the furry heater (the cat) off my lap (she is making the most off me having a day off work) then back to the plot for stage 2!

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Snoozy cat

Raspberries are go!

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I was rudely awoken today. Crash bang!… My box of organised seeds went flying with the cat!!

On a positive note my rasberry canes arrived! They were rather smaller than expected… But I suppose they are dormant!!

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Raspberry canes

Here are the raspberry canes all unpacked. All 3 varieties!!!

And this is today’s plan:
The seeds!!

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Seeds

Here are my sweet pea seeds. It’s lucky dip sowing this year!

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I started soaking the seeds today. So hopefully I can get these sown tomorrow.

I have to say the seed plan go shelved and I focus on the raspberries!

I planed to put my raspberries in the back bed on my plot. But I realised I had nowhere to grow my potatoes if I put my raspberries here!!… I have hit the half plot rotation wall! After some debate I found a new spot. I had a good dig and put some good well rotted manure in.

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Summer and mid season raspberries all spaced out

After some mad digging! Here we go…

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Canes all in!

Hopefully the hard graft is done for now! I just need to fix up the wooden frames and some good mulch materials…

I took a photo of my strawberry growing tube! That I planted up last week.

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Strawberries!

After all the hard work I had a little sit! So I went home and ate lots of chocolate! 🙂

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A rare sit down at the plot

Weekend workout

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Good workout weekend.
Drum roll!

I fixed the green house door! And I will now be known as ‘queen of the staple gun’! Hopefully it will last another 2 years. Here are my tools… Took me about 2 days to actually locate the correct equipment… So in itself that was a minor achievement!

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Tools!

And this is the door installed 🙂 I’m just glad its finally done!

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Finished door

I had a huge dig. My first big work out for the year. I started at around 10; and left at around 2. My tummy was literally growling for food when I got home.

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Dug over my future potato bed (the Z bed)… Again. And put some strawberry plants in pots down the side of the bed. The soil keeps escaping the bed onto our shared path… Hopefully it’s a good flexible planting/edging solution.

I had a strawberry tidy up… It might be the wrong time of year for this; hopefully I haven’t done to much harm.
I pulled out the illegal plants that had grown in any available space and removed the old brown decaying leaves. I then put down some new grow stop matting. I only got half the bed done..  but you can see the madness vs attempt at organisation!

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Strawberries!

I planted up my vertical growing tube with strawberry runners from last year. It’s sort of vertical gardening… I will get a photo next time I visit the plot. Again maybe I should have waited till March… But I was just a bit keen. Hopefully as they are runners they are already pretty tough! I hope it will end up looking a bit like this.

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Strawberry inspiration

I dug half my mini back bed and put spring onion seeds in.

Dug the bed nearest the greenhouse and removed what I thought was ‘green manure’ as I had dug it in. But it wasn’t really doing a lot; as far as rotting down goes. So it might have just been a weed. Who knows. Anyway I putted what was left, out. This took an age! I then put broad bean seeds in 🙂

I’m already going off piste from any sort of plan! When I have seeds in my hand I just can’t help myself!

It was a great day for digging as it was gloriously sunny… If a bit soggy. I even got down to my t-shirt…The allotment t-shirt tan is never far away! Can’t wait to get back there next weekend!