Plot year 1!
My first house seedlings have sprung!… But now I’m abandoning them… and heading away for a week on work. Luckily I have my gardening assistant on hand to keep them happy! I have never grown sweet peas from seed; hopefully they are not getting two leggy! With all this horrid weather and storms it’s good to see something growing again.
Also and my potatoes arrived; so they are all merrily chitting away. Happy days!
Also my garlic and onions are still making progress down the plot.
I really need to do a plot plan this year! Something to do on the plane!!
I think we are fairly lucky our site seems free draining; maybe all those stones are helping after all! But having seen the damage done by the tree on the plot shops… I do fear for our green house. But fingers crossed!
Can’t wait to get back from my trip and get some more things growing! Shocked to think it is nearly March!!
Plot dreaming out… And back to reality x
Last weekend I made it to the plot!
We finally did that dump run! But my car was looking pretty laiden… So it will be another run soon with the straglers soon. But the plot looks much more respectable!
I took another good chunk out of the offending mountain of soil that our predecessor left… So many stones, bricks, glass and even some wire mesh. But it’s nearly cleared. And I am recycling the stones and bricks; so it has it’s upside.
I carved out a nice hearty step on the back left side of our plot. And used my new found bricks to reinforce the sides. And then I got my amazing tarp all pegged in. So it looks beautiful (as a step can be) and much more practical in this wet weather. I’m going to try and make that my wildlife area… Perhaps a fully fledged bug hotel! I hope to turn my back bed over to flowers.
I had my first reminder that the ‘kitchen is not a greenhouse!’ So I swiftly dissipated the pots with prospective sweet peas around our flat. Last year we had tomatoes on every surface… Then the chillies took hold… So he may have a point!
But I got my sweet peas in… And it seems to early….but I’m sure I saw a shoot today. I covered it over as it must be really shallow… But I will investigate further
My potatoes have been delayed… But fingered crossed they arrive next week.
It was lovely and sunny! And we finally got the beds dug over and manured. But it wouldn’t have been half as quick without my lovely assistant. All but 2 beds are now ready to go 🙂
We found some lovely big worms, and as you can see the robbin was desperately trying to get a look!
We finally chopped and cleared the cabbage bed. Got the last lot of garlic in the ground. Cleared the greenhouse. Moved the bags ready to go to the dump… Then to my amazement I found a huge nest of lady birds. All different varieties. So I covered them back up and and invested in a bug house… I had a few lady birds that were attached to bags so I tried to re home them and they did seem to be happy to move in.
But I left the house next to the others under a clump of leaves. Not sure of it will work; but I will try to make my ladybirds snug bugs for winter! Once I am a bit more organised I will try and make a proper bug palace. I saw this bug house when I visited an rhs garden in the summer… I need to start skip raiding!
After all I say in my greenhouse and enjoyed the sun… Whilst some eating chocolate! What could be better?
Then I ordered some veggies to grow… I got a bit carried away so I will check what I ordered tonight!
For Christmas Santa surprised me with some gardening inspiration.
-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 🙂
Saturday I managed to get down the plot for a couple of hours.
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.
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!
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.
So I have abandoned the plot for nearly a month. And it looked suitably sad.
One flopped bed!
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.
I forgot my cabbages!
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!
So today the big cull took place! Boo hoo!
So it seems a great time to review our amazing tomato year!
We have not had to buy tomatoes since about July!
And made lots of chutney
We had whole vines!
We had little ones
And others that looked like Elvis!
We even won a prize!
It’s been a jungle at times!
And it’s mostly been held up by various gardening tools! And watered twice a day through the summer!
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!
Today i purchased some garlic bulbs:
Early purple wight; soft neck
Carcassonne wight; hard neck
And onion sets:
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.
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.
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!
I also skinned my finger, whilst digging in half the green manure. You can are the rather hedge like patch…
I saw a late sweet pea flower too!