JANUARY

From tiny seeds large veggies do grow. And raspberries are not good neighbours?

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The veggie order was placed last week. Seemed like a lot. But my new seeds arrived on Saturday and I always feel a little disappointed. Probably because large veggies grow from tiny seeds! (let’s hope) and….now I have to wait patiently to sow!!.. Although I have spotted a few I can get in early!

Potatoes came today, and raspberry canes are due in the next few weeks! No excuse to not be ready! I have made a mad sketch for my raspberry plans! No idea if they will fit! Will take a measure stick and plot it out next Saturday. I need to build some supports too and some fancy wire structures. And source some mulch! I was curious about companion plants but everything I read says that raspberry canes will obliterate any neighbours. So I will update.

We visited our friend last weekend, and as you do…we went to see her allotment! Such allotment geeks! They are allowed chickens! …So feeling all inspired I sorted out my seed box for the year. I’m a very messy gardener! I found that I have 3 packets of my favourite tomato seeds! And I ordered a special project seed: the soy bean!! My plan is to try and grow everything this year! No excuses!!

Get set…

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Weekend trip to the plot. We had a great spring clean; and did a good job clearing the large sacks of weeds that had accumulated! I have paths again!! Although I filled them back up on Sunday!

My beautiful assistant helped to dig the beds and clear an area to store my growing hoops. So we are feeeling a bit more organised… Less manic dumping! I now how a beautiful s shaped bed. But less path, bit more growing.

We dug the very back bed… Moved the dreaded tank around again… One day I will get that beast off the plot!

Plot looks a bit off a mess… But it’s organised chaos (honest)! Looking forward to getting my remaining weed block paths down once the weather improves a bit.

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I went back on the Sunday and had a great greenhouse tidy… Usually I don’t see spiders yesterday I found this chap!  

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Eeeek! He scuttled off… no doubt to suprise me on another day!

Getting all set for spring time! But still more work to do!

New year. New broom!

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Had a great day digging on Sunday. Even in the cold! And to prove it I found my greenhouse thermometer. It was 4c inside our greenhouse. But got up to a snug 52c in the summer!

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As you can see from my muddy paws it was a bit wet and I eventually admitted defeat… But I got a good 3 hours in.

I got 3 of my 4 bags of well rotted manure down. I gave all those beds a light dig and weed as needed, and added a nice cozy manure duvet.

And I came up with a new plan. U shaped beds
A. More space.
B. less path to maintain. Hopefully it’s win win.

I also purchase a broom (have wanted a broom for ages!) and some seeds! Getting excited about the year ahead!!

I had a little spruce in the greenhouse. Removing my old tomatoes plants (I know it’s bad!)

Next week’s plan:
-A dump run. Might be the time to say goodbye to the giant water tank.
-Further greenhouse tidying. Removing of moss!! And fixing the door. The plastic finally degraded this winter. But staple gun and some sheeting can’t fix.
-Purchase a few more meters of the ground sheet material and pegs needed to stake it in.
-Start my sweet peas. Inside… Perhaps
-Draw up an actual plan!
-Order my fruit trees for Feb

2015 plotting

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So the grass grew! Flossie didn’t find it half as interesting as the poisonous plants…. But we will try again in the summer time.

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She has come on leaps and bounds.. And is currently sat on my lap ­čÖé helping me to plan 2015 allotment.

I went for a dig just before 2015 began. The ground was so cold I didn’t get┬ámuch done… This is the sight when I arrived…its a bit of a mess. But not too bad.

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After a little tidy!… It’s a work in progress at least. Tomorrow is a big plot day. Lots to do!

It’s been a horrid rainy day today so I have done a bit of drawing inspired by our furry friend. The plan is to do a pet portrait.. inspired by the style of this lady… Starla Michelle halfman.

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Waiting for the grass to grow….

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So I’m growing some cat grass for miss flossie. But I’m waiting till it gets to 4/5 cm before she eats it all. It’s going to be a while….

Floss decided to try and every poisonous house plant that we own…. So cat grass seemed a possitive way forward. And the poisonous plants have been removed. I knew Lilly’s were bad for cats, but apparently cheese plants too! Sadly my two favourite house plants… They have been relocated to an off limit bedroom for now. But awaiting a new home.
Whilst I’m waiting for the grass to grown…. Here are some cute cats pics

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