I have been down the allotment again today turning over more raised beds, The weather was good so had enjoyable day, had to cut it short as working this evening.
The new raised bed –
The other 4 beds on top half of the plot –
The bed in the fruit cage –
With Erica’s help we moved the water butts to a better location, We then dug up the pear tree and re-planted it in a different location.
Last on the list was moving the small greenhouse over to the side so that I can put another raised bed in the space.
Today I finished turning over the Legume / Leafy greens bed and also the bed next to it which will be the Root crops bed.
OK the plot is not looking too tidy at the moment, Hopefully I will get it sorted before the plants go out.
You know you have a devoted wife when she does not complain about sitting in the pouring rain keeping you company.
The beans have shot up in size, the cauliflowers still look naff though
The new propagator works well, It can fit 4 half trays in which is fantastic.
I think the cauliflowers in the far left are dying though 😦
OK I was so pleased with my electric propagator that today I went out and bought a bigger one 🙂
Homebase had a large propagator for around £25.00 which was great, I also bought some more plant pots as I was running low, The only problem was when I got back to the car park and remembered I had the motorbike not the car LOL
Managed to get it all on though 🙂
Happy 2017 🙂
I thought I would try things a little different this year, Instead of freezing my butt off sowing seeds at the allotment in January and February I will start my seedlings off at home on the kitchen windowsill.
I have had a electric propagator for quite a few years but never used it so was quite pleased to be trying it out.
I also was read about the benefits of using Capillary matting on the base of my trays so that it helps to prevent over watering and it also holds water so that your plants don’t dry out as quick. Homebase sold some for a good price so with the matting and some water retaining granules for on top I’m hoping for a great start 🙂
I have done a lot over the past two weeks, so much so that I have not had time to update my blog so I am going to try my best to cover everything.
Today was a day of weeding, I had Erica and Kira helping so with all the beds mostly weed free I took the moment to take many pictures, Here goes 🙂
Legumes and Onions bed (1)
Sweetcorn and Squash / Courgette beds.
Then onto the Brassica bed (1) Broccoli doing well.
Carrots and Celery
Square flower bed
Long flower bed
Potato bed (1)
Small flower bed
Onion and Legumes bed (2)
Potato bed (2)
Salad bed not doing well YET
Roots bed (1) Chard and beetroot
My compost bins are nearly full 😦
And finally last week a small group of us put up a Polly tunnel on another plot, It was a very hot 2 days and I got sunburn but it was worth it 🙂
I managed to get my second potato bed turned over -so many weeds, It is now full of seed potatoes, I planted Maris Pipers, Charlotte, Pentland and Desiree potatoes, 72 potatoes in total, Too close together again but had too many potatoes this year, I still had enough to give two trays of potatoes away.
Next on my list was to plant the flowers that we had left over from home, Next to the climbing Rose I planted the Begonia ‘Nonstop’ Rose Petticoat and the Begonia ‘Nonstop’ Red.
Over in front of the fruit bushes I planted some Calibrachoa ‘Calypso’, Calibrachoa ‘Painted Pink’ and Viola’s (White and Yellow).
Apart from that just trying to keep on top of the weeding, The weeds grow so fast that I seem to never, ever be completely weed free. Good fun trying though 🙂