Wednesday 5 January 2011

Weather watch Wednesday week 1 2011....and this years first plot visit!!

Well that is the second time in 5 days I have written the date correctly so I am feeling very impressed with myself.. :-)

mended wellingtonsJust thought I would share my newly repaired wellies with do remember me telling you about my 'little accident' with the cultivator don't you??

So to the weather....well the thaw has continued and for a couple of days we actually got some bright dry weather but that then followed with rain and then
yesterday some more snow. The snow didn't last for long though and today it has been dark and miserable with rain for the better part of the day.

The temp has been as high as 6 degrees at some points over the last week and no lower than -1 so that is a major improvement.

Also had some winds today, not too bad at just 20-25m.p.h. with gusts of around 30-40 m.p.h. so nothing extreme or damaging.

The forecast for the end of the week is saying snow s
o I'm hoping they have got that wrong as I hope the colder temperatures they are predicting are wrong too, I guess only time will tell.

I managed to get down the allotment for a few hours on Sunday afternoon. It was one of those rare dry days and it was quite pleasant out. My cousin had delivered me quite a bit of manure which needed sorting and although I didn't quite managed to get it all moved I got about 2/3rds of it accomplished before I ran out of daylight.

pig manureI know I keep telling you I will stop sharing my photos of 'poo' with you but you have to admit what and impressive amount this is for two pigs...and this was only half the load!!

I also had a chance to check on the spuds but I totally lost those to the elements and they were oozing out of the bottom of the sacks since the thaw so into the composter they went.

putrid potatoesAnd finally, the putrid potatoes, both the King Edwards and the Desiree were the same so I shall be re-thinking storage for next year.

That really was about all i had time to do with the days still being so short but I am hoping that Friday will be a dry day again so I can get the rest of the manure moved and maybe a little sorting done.

My leeks and winter brassicas seemed to have fared the weather quite well with only a few wilting leaves and I have only lost two of my hothouse lettuces which I was really surprised about. My broad beans and garlic have also stood their ground well through the cold snap and I am hopeful that I will have plenty of produce from them in the spring.

The cauliflower that were ready to pick however aren't looking so great so I will hopefully get a good look at these over the weekend and lift the good and discard the bad.

With the Christmas and New Year over normal life and work again resumes and I am sure we are all getting back into our daily routines once again, oh well, at least us 'Brits' have an extra bank holiday to look forward to this year!!



  1. Well you did a good job of repairing the wellies. I have to say that sorting manure does not sound like a pleasant job :)

  2. Sounds like you've already got stuck in to things this year. I must have a trip to my lottie to see what's still standing.

  3. I thought the welly spots were in the design a sort of one spot for right and two for left.

    We still have to explore the plot but of trepidation!

  4. Lol GLA...I hadn't thought of I will always wonder how many people will be going round thinking, 'Oh bless her, she doesn't know which feet her boots go on!!'

    I don't feel like I have done much Jo...but at least I have visited which I think is a major achievement in itself!!

    No Ann...manure isn't the most pleasant of jobs but definitely one i prefer to do in the cold as it does stop the smell so much!!


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