Saturday, 14 April 2012

A late Forecast and a little work on the allotment

Well due to not being very well I didn't get my forecast up yesterday or get the rest of the manure moved to the allotment but today I feel a lot better than I did and so I took the opportunity to get the manure sorted , get some seeds in and get the rest of the potatoes planted so I am feeling a lot happier now that I have accomplished everything I wanted to over my period off work!!


Stormy skies
Stormy Skies














First let's talk about the weather...well it has been an unsettled week with storms coming over frequently and dumping hail and rain on us as well as letting us here some thunder. Temperatures have been between 8 and 10 degrees which is slightly below average for this time of year although it has been warmer when the sun has come out. A couple of frosts over night but nothing major...oh and we are still on a hosepipe ban!!




Whilst I was there the Hail came down hard.
Whilst I was there the Hail came down hard.
 I managed to get down the allotment today and get the rest of the potatoes in between hail and rain showers. I now have three rows each of new and old potatoes. In an aim to find a new potatoes I am really happy with I have five varieties planted this year. Penland Javelin as a main and then five tubers each of Charlotte, Anya, Swift and Nicola so i will give you taste, texture and yield verdicts later in the season.
For my old potatoes this year I have Picasso, I've never tried these before so this is a first for me..again I will keep you updated, oh I will also be planting 10 Melody main crop tubers when they arrive which were a freebie.
Can you see the hail in the tubs??
Can you see the hail in the tubs??


storms come and go quick
It was over quite quick though!
 I also got the beans below from the allotment shop today..I'm not sure what they are but I thought I would give growing them a go so I could find out....anyone ever seen them or grown them before?? I am told they are like a French bean !!
Black and White beans.
Black and White beans.



Pink Beans.
Pink Beans.

I kept myself busy during the hail and rain showers by getting these beans sown today and also sowing the sweetcorn and Baby-corn. I am hoping to get the brassica's sown tomorrow and if the weather is feeling kind I might even get the chance to sow my root veg straight into the ground but I won't hold out any hope for that one !!
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10 comments:

  1. That's a lot of work for one day. Sorry you haven't been feeling good but glad you're better

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    1. Not really Ann...once you get stuck in it's an easy task to accomplish!!

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  2. Dear Tanya,

    Stormy weather! They had predicted snow here in Sweden, but so far we have not had any more snow flurries here in Norrkoping, where I live. But Sweden is a very long country. It may have snowed farther north.

    I see budding on the bushes outside my window here in town. So spring is on its way. The crocuses and snowdrops bloomed last week, but now are gone.

    Thanks for visitng my Saturday Centus post with my Hallmark card - style verse. Sure, you can use it Tanya, but I would be grateful for a source credit somewhere.

    You are First Commenter and get an extra link.

    Best wishes,
    Anna
    For the benefit of other readers:
    Anna's SC Week 101- An Easter Sonnet

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    1. Here's hoping you don't get that Snow Anna and that the weather soon warms up and settles down for us all!!

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  3. We've been having quite a few hailstorms here too. I'm hoping to get some more seeds sown today as well as finally getting the broad beans planted out. I just hope the weather holds.

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    1. I'm currently trying to harden off the braod beans I started in the greenhouse...they really need to be in the ground now but the weather isn't being very cooperative!!

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    1. Not too busy Sue....just enough to keep me out of mischief!!

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  5. We had a bit of hail as well but it does seem to be warming up bit by bit. Thankfully no hose-pipe ban though...how are you managing?

    You've reminded me that I need to sort out another bag of potatoes tomorrow. You're really going all out and trying a lot of varieties! I'm a bit more boring and am sticking with just three types: Pink Fir Apple, Desiree and Maris Peer

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    1. I'm fine with the hose pipe ban...probably because I don't even own a hosepipe...not sure how other are getting on though...there are quite a few people who like to attach those things to the tap and stand there for hours...I often wonder if they maybe have water work problems as for all of their watering there veggies are never any bigger than mine?!??!

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