May
24

Fire and brimstone!

Fire and brimstone!
Have spent several days fulminating about Unwins sweet peas in modules I received. Finally sat down and sent long email with photo, attached. Really poor, especially since weather here has been great this spring.
May
18

Fab weather!

Having a very productive time on the plot and at home. Finished with peppers, courgette and cues- now just need to harden off before mass planting. Very pleased at acquisition of new potting table from homebase closing sale. Plus six trays of bedding, cost 4.60!!! Very happy. Mark also put in a frame for the espalier apple- £14, so good bargains. May even get another potting bench..... Also got a good tray of decent sweet peas which after the debacle of the Unwins ones was great.
Also fun day in Allotment shop shifting veg- brilliant!
May
10

Fabulous poppy on the plot!

Fabulous poppy on the plot!
Mark went down in the rain to check all was well in the green house and found this oriental poppy was out. I was given it by my friend Kate on the plots, ('Watermelon' is variety) and because it dies down after flowering, I always forget about it. I've got lots of gladioli that come after it in bright red and I think they cheer up all the greenery. At present, the potatoes are romping way and doing a good job of out competing the bindweed- different varieties this year so I will have more to report on!
May
04

No room for a pond?

No room for a pond?
Mark's solution to no room for a pond is a wonderful terracotta pot with Iris Laevigata, (a sort of marginal Iris that copes well with being submerged). You can see how striking it is and our local wildlife, especially blue tits, love it.
May
04

May have to move out as plants taking over!

May have to move out as plants taking over!
Both at home and on the plot, sowing in the propagator continues apace- peppers potted on, mostly) toms a bit and a good selection of curcurbits, including a feeble Butternut, two yellow, one Lebanese and a hearty dark green Defender. Mark decapitated an extra yellow, so I may sow another spare. Trays of Basil are up- Nufar, Lettuce leaf, Superbo and a smaller one of purple. This last is for our Open Day at the start of June and so are the Achocha plants. These are wild cucumber and I'm hoping to get one fruiting this year. (Beheaded last year!). Here is a picture showing how well behaved they are at the start. People say it is cucumberish and maybe a hint of pepper- I'll let you know!
Apr
13

My forest is on the window sill!

I didn't explain- the forest is just weedy neglected seedlings. I sowed far too many which was good, (about 30 San Marzano! plus all the others) as Mark tipped a lot on the carpet by accident. There is a real tree- my family apple tree- covered in blossom. I have a pic, but having mismanaged my last post, I'll put it on later.
Apr
13

Forest of tomatoes

Forest of tomatoes
Over the last few weeks, some peppers pricked out, but toms still waiting. I got some compost outside of trading hut hours, (don't tell anyone!) and am getting on with sowing non essential flowers. On the plots on Friday, the greenhouse was heaving with broad beans, peas and coriander. Picked lovely mizuna, (bolting hot), sorrel and garlic chives- makes the best sandwich when added. Annabelle gave us rhubarb- kind as ours is still settling after move. At home, Cosmos are leaping out of their modules and numerous seeds distributed are showing well. Just need to keep up pricking out!
And keep fleece handy....
Mar
18

The Great British Sowing Bee

Sowing schedule on course- all chilli peppers up and almost ready for pricking out, while propagator space is coming available for the big Tomato push on 20 March. I might see if I can get the compost into a bucket inside for warming later today....
Outside everything is sprouting and fresh with hordes of daffodils, including a small field of Tete a Tete. There seem to be a few casualties- my geranium himalyense which I split and dotted around to make a theme and peony grown from seed. Main issue is lack of recognition by weeders- but the weeds have come through fine! We will see if 5 Achillea plants also put in to make a theme will comethrough!!
Feb
22

Hurrah for Spring!

Hurrah for Spring!
Not much to see on the allotment yet, but here at Veg HQ it is all systems go! I spent a very happy time on Thursday sorting through seeds to check what I need to order. I found, (unsurprisingly), I have loads of seed for Chilli sowing. These go in the heated propagator first, followed by Tomatoes on the vernal equinox, (20th March this year) and then everything else in a huge rush. Soon every space will be heaving with leggy seedlings! Outside, lots of excitement- fabulous Iris Reticulata and Hellebores join the last snowdrops- daffs pushing up too! Hurrah for Sun and Spring.
Feb
02

tree is in!

tree is in!
After an eventful week, including very good work day, amazing progress has been made on various fronts, but planting of the apple tree is the best. It is a family apple tree with three varieties grafted on- Fiesta, Herefordshire Russet and another I can't recall right now. This ensures full pollination and also a variety of apples to enjoy. A really handsome tree with excellent looking grafts. A great thing to look forward to- first the blossom and then eventually fruit.