Saturday 26 June 2010 and more!!!!! this was going to be an ultimately fantastic post as I haven't posted in a while and didn't even get around to doing my weather original plan was top put up sideshows of my week but I am totally computer illiterate and couldn't work out how to do it so you will have to see all my pics the old fashioned way and everything else I have been up to as-well so you're in for a LLOOOONNNNGGG post!!!!

First off lets get the weather out of the way....It hasn't rained now in 8 days and boy has the temperatures turned...we have been having 24-28 degrees most days with strong sun although sometimes cloudy skies too, there has been a little breeze which has made it quite pleasant but it's been too hot to do much of anything up the allotment or in the garden and yet the weeds still grow!! Even with all the heat and lack of rain the ground is still quite damp underneath so i have still managed to get away with not having to water anything apart from the pots!!

Right now lets get to the actual allotment part of the promised several weeks ago i finally have a picture post for you...not everything is here as my batteries died in the camera but it has taken me plenty of time to get this lot uploaded so I hope you enjoy them!!

blackcurrant bushesgarlic

The blackcurrant bushes that burnt right down to the ground in the fire have recovered nicely so I am hopeful of some fruit next year. The garlic is looking fine and should soon be ready for digging up!

manureherb patch

My manure pile carries on growing but some pesky animal keeps dragging it all over! The herb patch is holding it's own nicely.


This is my very lonely looks great but has no friends so I am trying to start some more off and having a go at a late crop. Don't know what has gone wrong with the radishes this year but they are all like this so i will pull them up this week and sow some more.


Both the carrots and onions are coming along nicely...carrots are a bit sparse in place so I might sow a few more for some late harvest.


I'm very pleased with my peas and first and second early potatoes....going to try digging some potatoes next weekend.


Afet the failure of corn last year and then it nearly dying this year with the frost I am very pleased with the outcome. The calabrese has done quite well against the fles beetle and is holding it's own!

King Edwardsrunner beans

Both the King Edward potatoes and the runner beans are doing well.

marrow and courgettebeetroot

A bit of powdery mildew on the marrow...or maybe that's the courgette??? either way I'm not bothered as last year I had some and still had great veggies off them. My beetroot has done really well and I will be cooking some this weekend.

salad tubsbroad beans

The salad and herbs are coming along nicely in their tubs and the broad beans are ready to harvest for Sunday dinner!

melonbell peppers

The melons have gone wild and as I'm not really sure what to do I am just guessing what to do on this one as I go along...if anyone has grown them before I'm open to advice. The bell peppers are starting to bud

chilli peppersgrapevines

I have three types of chilli pepper growing and the grapevines are doing well although will be moved outside at the end of the season.

Well that's as far as I got before the camera died today but at least you have an idea of how things are coming along...and as I said before the only water that anything has had is from when it's actually rained so i am really pleased. I spent some time today weeding after I took the shots so please don't be too shocked at the weed choked pics!

Last Wednesday i went to the Lincolnshire Show with my Mum, Son and Nephew...we had a lovely day out and there was so much to see that we only got half of it done. There were some fantastic displays and I could have spent a fortune but manged to restrain myself to a few little bits. We saw some wonderful bug habitats simply made by putting small wholes into branches of trees that had been cut back so i now have some of these on my plot and I am hoping to get some nice visitors in these. There is a website about the lincolnshire show if you want to check it out and if anyone fancies it I highly recommend a visit to it next year...shame it's only on two days a year.

herbs and trug

My Lincolnshire show purchases....bug logs, trug and 5 herb plants. All now placed on the plot!! I also got a very nifty weeder but haven't got a photo of that!

tench fishing

On another season s here again and whilst fishing I caught three lovely Tench. The biggest weighed in at nearly 4 pound and I was very pleased with myself. Don't worry the fish weren't harmed and were all returned to the water after we finished...they had to be..that's the law!!

knitted teddy bear

And Finally...I have finished my second knitting project..this time not a garment but a teddy bear. i am very pleased with the outcome as was my nephew for whom I knitted it. This didn't take that long to do and stands about 40cms tall. He has been named 'Bubbles' and I have a load more to knit for other children in the family. I am going to try to make each one a little different so they are all unique!

So that's where I am at right now...I do hope you didn't get too bored and managed to get to the end of the post and I promise that no matter how bust I am I won't neglect the blog again...besides which...if I blog more often it won't take me so damn long to do the post!!!

( I know some of the images are a bit small but i was trying not to make the post quite so long so if you want to have a better look just click on the images to enlarge them!!)


  1. It looks like you've had quite a bit of gardening success, even with a few failures. I'm sure the successes will keep coming. You did a great job on the teddy bear.

  2. Tanya your garden is amazing. Everything looks great. I wish I had your green thumb.
    That bear is really cute. You did a great job on that. I bet your nephew loved it.

  3. Finished my second knitting project too - a jumper that I'll have to wait for winter to wear!

    Our radishes look like yours - wonder if they didn't like the weather - ours were in tubs of compost.

    Try training the melons as you would a cucumber. Some need hand pollinating too make sure you get melons.

  4. I am picking my onions, they are finished and my corn is waist high.I have had poor germination of seed in rows since we have had 3 times normal rain. I pick the radish seed pods after they flower and eat them as well.Nice post.

  5. WOW! You've been so busy and productive!
    Looking forward to see your different type of potatoes.
    Agree with you that the carrots are a bit lonely :)
    Nice Teddy Bear! I am amazed you still got time to finished it.

  6. That's interesting about the radishes, my local fellow gardeners were complaining that theirs had full leafy plants with no bulb underneath!

    Your potatoes are doing great. Jealous.

  7. Everything looks great. I haven't dug any potatoes from the ground yet, but we're eating plenty from the containers. Bubbles is lovely, I'm sure all the kids in the family will love a similar one.

  8. your plot looks very impressive indeed. so much going on pretty neat and tidy :) i adore the bear. he's really sweet & looks super tactile. i wonder if putting some chicken wire over the manure will prevent it from being pulled around?

  9. I didn't even know you could knit a teddy bear! And the allotment looks like it's coming along quite well :)


keep it clean...keep it relevant...I look forward to reading your comments!!