Jul
20

Satisfying progress!

At last, a long enough stay on the plot. Grace came down with me and sorted out the too dry compost- plenty of water added to the heap. Both heaps ready to go, but I think we'll have to wait till it's much cooler- also for sowing an autumn Pak Choi. Really successful last year potted up far away from the molluscs in the greenhouse, so would love to do that again.
During a spectacularly hot day, (everyone said there was a breeze, but I couldn't tell!), Grace watered and fed everything on the plot. The pots with lilies, glads, agapanthus and weed fennel are looking great next to apricot hollyhock and picked up by rampant orange rose, Pensioners Voice.
For the first time ever, all the blackcurrants on my Ben Sarek bush have been picked. A glorious thing, warmed by the sun! Also a few raspberries, (escapes from next door and Summer Fruiting) and a lot of Basil and Rosemary. All Basil safely potted up, plus Grace did a couple of extra Gardeners Delight. The greenhouse is stuffed with gorgeous Basil and coleus plants, plus some scented geraniums.
Beautiful to be among!
Jul
13

All back!

The absence from my garden and plot was rather longer than hoped. Will post photos as soon as I get them onto my pc, but in the meantime, all is good. Grace did a fab job watering during the gap and all looks great.
Only down side is two lots of bindweed that have got away BUT the electric handshears will tackle that!
Mark has broadened the path for the wheelchair and so I've spent happy hours potting up most of my Basil.
The lemon basil ended up at home, alongside my new Rosemary, coriander, chard pots- yum!
Jun
14

Countdown to blastoff!

Today I'm just checking what needs doing before the holidays...slightly nervewracking to leave my plants in others hands! I have split it between H doing home garden and G doing the allotment. I have also removed every flower bud I can see to retard flowering! G is coming over tomorrow to help with the last lot of planting out- lots more Cosmos, cucumbers and other bits. So far the molluscs have been quiet, but I feel this may not last! The reserve cucumbers are in the greenhouse in case of disaster- we had an especially frightening year when every single thing got munched- hardly a cucumber fruit at all! And there was the hail storm that shredded even rhubarb leaves- no runners that year!
But we will see in July how it all is faring......
H and G are in charge now!
On the way back my sister is taking me to West Dean Gardens to see their Chilli collection- I may get tempted to buy something hot....
And I should have some good pics for all Veg Dorks.
Happy Growing!
Jun
09

Mostly organised!

All this great weather has meant all the squash are finally out- 14 in all! Plus the toms inside their shelter of hurdles and low glass panels. The crowning glory was managing to get some cues out onto the trellis support- the rest will join them when I return in 3 weeks, along with a butternut I am saving for the garlic patch to take up the space after it is harvested. A raft of striped cosmos are growing on for fillers and I even managed to pot up my leek seedlings for planting later as well.
That is part of my strategy for avoiding the onion fly that is around on the plots.
I even have a few select tomatoes left for some giant pots at home.
Very pleased with action so far- even the geraniums have perked up since I gave them a bit of love. Side effect- 3 pots of nice cuttings of my favourites. Orange Fizz is a special one, along with Clorinda.
At allotment Open Day yesterday a great job by all the volunteers!
May
23

tender veg in waiting!

All the tmoatoes are in the greenhouse getting bigger and a selection of peppers. Other peppers are still tiny and at home, (lemon drop and assorted chillis) waiting alongside cucumbers and a couple more squash. I can only get so many pots in the propagator and airing cupboard at a time,
I actually bought a yellow tomato variety and a couple of Marconi peppers from the allotment shop. I usually grow all my own, but was tempted- the Marconi were great last time I grew them and I'm always looking for a yellow with great flavour.
On the plot, sorrel and rhubarb both full of delicious new growth, but pelargoniums put outside looking really tragic- straggly and neglected.
May
11

fleece at the ready!

fleece at the ready!
At last real progress with a couple of nice days of warm weather. All is tidy, (my flowers are on borrowed time!) and covering with fleece to warm the soil can be done. Added advantage of stopping next doors dandelions seeding all over me! Squash, (first wave) in propagator and Mark did brilliant job on the strimming. Most Tomatoes pricked out and in greenhouse. Also earlier sowings peppers- the later ones at home can catch up once I take them down.
Apr
29

furrows in traditional manner!

furrows in traditional manner!
No experimenting with French grid system here!
Apr
29

at last potatoes are in!

The potatoes are in and nearly all digging/tidying is done. The phacelia withered away to nothing and was absorbed beautifully- recommend for improving soil fertility!
Apr
18

great to remember it will be like this soon!

great to remember it will be like this soon!
that reminds me what it can be like out with the veg!
Apr
18

allotment year begins!

Just went to allotment AGM last night. Unusually no fisticuffs or bad tempered shouting! (There is sometimes!- people love their plots... Only just over 2 hours long and now the year really begins- everyone is in the same boat with potatoes in late because of cold soil and late sowings. Very cheered and great to see people too.