Feeling really good, minimal pain 🙂 but bored outta my brain !!!!!
Not quiet up to going to the allotment today but did get out into the garden where we are keeping 2 vegetable beds. Just love these no dig beds, turned over the surface to clear any cat poo ”Yuck” then got on with sowing some seeds. We’ve sown 2 rows of carrots, 2 rows of spring onions, 1 row of radish and a row of lettuce. Also planted out some round lettuce seedlings but placed them under bottle top cloches.
Sadly the slugs and snails have had a real banquet on my pea’s and broad beans so i removed the dead and will be replacing them.
Eventually went for it a picked my first home grown leek, which even if i say so myself looks pretty good. Leeks are something we don’t actually eat that often if at all so i don’t think i’ll grow them again due to the amount of time the spend growing.
Still signed off for another 4wks then have to go for check up with gp.
Fingers crossed we are able to get to the allotment in the next week or two, although i’ll only be supervising we do have some seedlings that really could do with being planted out.
About 5yrs ago i applied to the local council and a couple of the local parish councils for an allotment, in the mean time we’ve enjoyed growing a variety of vegetables in our garden. Now proudly have 3 raised beds all fully packed with vegetables.
10days ago i got a call from the Allotments officer at the council asking if we’d like to take a look at a plot on a small site just 10mins walk from the house. Well the following day a meeting with the site manager was arranged and we got to see the plot.
First impressions were wow its huge and oh no what a lot of weeds.
The plot already has 5 beds marked out with wooden edging. Its right next to the tap, apart from many weeds there are a few raspberry bushes and some potato plants.
There are approximately 10 plots on the site with 3 available. Theres a communal shed we can use but the plot we chose has so much more room than we expected there would be room for our own shed and composting area.
That night my head was buzzing … omg we’re getting so late in the season …. what can we get planted asap…. i did eventually fall off to sleep in the early hours with the full version of how i’d like the plot to look in my mind.
The following day we went to pay the money and collect a key, even though the weather was burning we did spend an hour having a go at clearing but the heat was too much so left to return home and cool down, but both being quiet impatient people we returned after tea when the temperature had dropped to clear even more.
By visit 3 we’d been able to dig and fine weed one of the easier beds and even got to sow some carrots, spring onions and turnips. On the 4th visit we planted some courgette seeds and some peas, not sure what we’ll get but felt the need to put something in the ground.
Think once the bazaar hot weather passes we’ll spend more time clearing the beds, each time one is completed we’ll cover with cardboard to be covered later with compost.
We also need to work on clearing and wood chipping the paths between the beds, arrange a seating area of course and the biggest thing planning what to put where next year.
We still plan to grow vegetables in the back garden but will be reducing back down to just 2 raised beds and also branch out a bit more in the flower area.
I’ve really enjoyed growing sun flowers, also just pulled some garlic i planted last october .. very pleased with that. May have to invest in a green house which will be put in the garden to be home for so many more seedlings that i’ll need 🙂
I suppose i’ll get the confession out the way first and admit to getting over enthusiastic with a few days of sunshine at the beginning of the month which were followed by a frost 😦 which meant i lost the 3 courgettes i put outside under a cloche ….
also managed to boil a tray of lettuce that were sat under a propagated on the kitchen window sill 😦 all part of the learning curve i suppose 🙂
Since then i’ve gone on leaps and bounds ….. where do i begin some much is going on 🙂 i have a lovely full green house, lots of healthy growing seedlings 🙂
I’ve done 3 batches of sweetcorn but only
5 actually germinated might have to cheat a bit with the sweet corn and buy some seedlings
Now for outside in the raised beds 🙂 .. about a week ago i took a small risk and planted out my dwarf green beans and my mange tout as both were getting very leggie in the green house (also need the space mind) thankfully as yet we’ve had no frosts just showers and sunny patches. After the initial shock of being planted out all seem to have recovered really well and beginning to grow very well.
At about the same time i planted out some radish seedlings, sowing a row of carrots and spring onions either side then covered them all with a plastic cloche. Today i lifted the cloche to check to see whats happening and wow the radish are looking good, so good i picked one 🙂 yummy. Both the carrots and spring onions are doing well and i weeded then replaced the cloche.
On the next quarter of bed 1 i’ve sown a further 2 rows of carrots and a row of garlic chives after inspecting today they are all peeping through the soil, which is very surprising as just after i’d sown them one of the pups jumped onto the bed and probably disturbed the very nice tidy rows. Will be interesting to see what happens there.
This past week has been a mix of sunshine and showers so today we decided to brave the showers and do more on the garden. So in bed 3 i planted out a few cabbages and broccoli, i placed a cloche over both and will keep a close eye on them. We do have an old bed frame surrounding the bed which i will eventually cover with fine netting.
Also planted out some peas and mixed a few sweet peas that i had, took a bit of a chance and planted out 2 single beetroot but placed home-made mini single cloches over them. ( cut down pop bottles ).
Back in the green house i planted on a tray of sprouts, beetroot and lettuce seedlings, this took up more space than i thought so the 6 chilli plants have been removed to the bedroom window sill.
Hubbs continues to work on clearing the very end of the garden along the fence line. We plan to build up a mound then fence it all off, loosing about 2ft along the end but it will add to the security of that edge of the garden.
For first growing, this season i’m growing garlic (planted out last october) in a tub its doing fantastically well. Leeks too are a first and after germinating in what i’ve now decided was a much too shallow tray, i’ve planted them on into a bigger deeper pot and they’ll sit out in the greenhouse until big enough to plant out.
As a little experiment for me i’ve sown about 5 or 6 carrot seeds into a big pot just to see how straight and big they grow.
Then of course there’s lots of tomatoes at different levels of growth.
It’s now getting a little late after what has been a full day so i’m off to chill in front of the tv with a cold glass of wine.
This blog has probably updated all the veggies i’m growing, i’ll try to do a blog on the flowers i’m growing too which are many more than i had planned.
After last seasons attempt at growing veggies i am 100% determined to get better results this year. There were a number of things that hindered me last year … a litter of puppies… late start due to being distracted by puppies… weather.. and of course the bug and slug infestation 😦
This year i’ll be ready and raring to go with the help of my lovely and very patient hubbs.
So back at the end of january i did calm my itching to get started by sowing just a few seeds … leeks, tomatoes, chillies and marigolds they are doing really well sat on my kitchen window sill.
This past weekend blessed us with some gorgeous warm and dry weather which meant we were able to get out into the garden and do some much needed work on the veggie plot.
With a bit of hard work and shoveling we juggled about a bit and now have 3 veggie beds. The 1st is covered with cloches and warming, the 3rd just needs some sort of edging and then we can work on the paths 🙂
Also managed to tidy paved area of the garden and set my mini green house up which is now home to a few bits.
I’ve sown some peas, sweet corn, a few sun flowers and some lettuce. Then low and behold we are forecast a week of cold freezing and even some snowy conditions 😦
I seem to be on a depressive high …. i’m feeling extremely happy which is really scary because i’m scared of the crash i’ll have on the come down. I shouldn’t be complaining about being so happy i suppose and should really be enjoying the feeling.
Life at the moment is really good.
We’re just waiting for a break in this very cold spell so we can get out into the garden. Hubbs and i plan to move the raised beds around that will eventually give us more planting space. I’ve made a start on a few seedlings, the leeks are doing brilliantly and after some research (via twitter friends) i know what to do next with them.
I’m keeping my fingers crossed but the forecast for the weekend is good and i’m hoping we’ll be able to spend sometime on the veggie plot 🙂 My sister and her family are coming to spend some time planting some seeds for their newly acquired allotment. (just so jealous 🙂 )
To try and heed off the mega mood crash i plan to keep busy…. gardening… sowing more seeds … dog walking ( Tinks been in season so we’ve been housebound but that’s over by the weekend) …. take some photos of everything we do in the garden and catch up on my group prompts…. lol might even fit in some house work 🙂