Sunday, 13 May 2012

Allotment tasks completed!!!

So much has been accomplished this weekend at the allotment that I just don't know where to begin....and right now I am very tired so I think it will be a short (ish) post....but with the fatigue comes great happiness in the amount that I got done down the allotment in the glorious weather we have had this weekend...that's right people...not a single drop of rain has fell from the sky in TWO WHOLE DAYS!!!!!!!

Herb plants; Sage, Thyme, Peppermint, Catmint, Chives, Oregano
Herb Plants
Well first of all lets talk about the picture above which is the only picture I have as my phone was on low battery and my camera batteries died so I can't show you wonderful pictures today just this one!!
Above are some of the herb plants that I have growing at the allotment and these are some that I have split and potted up to take to work tomorrow morning where they are going to plant them into their sensory garden for the children. There is Peppermint, Catmint, Chives, Oregano, Thyme and Sage. I think this is a good start for them.

Besides getting these sorted for the school I also managed to get the stove in the allotment shop working and plant out the runner-beans and beetroot which were started off in the greenhouse and I have been hardening off for the last week

I got the spinach and swiss chard sown directly into the ground in this years brassica bed and I helped my new allotment neighbours put up their new shed.

I also got all of the salad pots around the greenhouse filled with fresh compost and sown with a variety of leaves, carrots, radish, beetroot, parsley, dill, tarragon and spring onions.

I hoed around some of the onions and dug up some wonderful leeks which were planted last year.

I moved the dwarf beans, spaghetti squash and pumpkins out f the greenhouse to the cold frame to start hardening them off ready for planting out next weekend.

So that is the weekends accomplishments at the allotment and I feel so much better knowing that it has all been done.

I am also happy to say that the squash seeds I re-sowed last weekend have already started to germinate. No sign of the peppers yet but I live in hope. My babycorn are doing really well but the sweetcorn are a little sparse on the ground at the minutes so I will have to keep a close eye on them just in case I need to sow some more in a week or so, I have never had such a low germination rate with my sweetcorn but we eat and enjoy it for too much for me not to have a good crop of it.

The celeriac seem to have come to a stand still bit I am persevering with them. No sign of any parsnip yet, after such a great crop last year I had higher hopes but I guess only time will tell.

All the brassicas seem to be doing nicely though not many brussels have germinated so I  may sow a few more.

I had some visitors of the feathered variety whilst I was sorting seed in the greenhouse today as-well, two blue tits and a sparrow perched on the guttering of the greenhouse roof watching me and pecking at the glass before walking over the roof and then flying off to the hedgerow...it was lovely to see them so close...shame my camera had died!!

So that's the lot from me...now I think I will go and sleep for a while. Hope the weather was as nice for everyone else too.

Oh and Happy Mothers Day to all my Readers from U.S.A.
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20 comments:

  1. Ah the sleep of the just!

    I'm so jealous as today turned into a washout. Yesterday was fine but already spoken for (moving furniture indoors). So no further progress on what should have been one of the busiest weekends of the year! I did make my first weekday visit of the year last week but there is so much to be done.

    Just to reassure you, my celeriac is also on hold. You mention parsnips. I could have sworn one row out of three (different varieties) came up, and then a week later a second row. But then last weekend I counted one single seedling! So either I was imagining things (wish I'd taken a photo now) or the weather or the slugs did for the seedlings. I resowed last weekend.

    Nice herbs!

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    1. Glad I'm not the only one having root veg problems Mal...I'm sure we will get a good crop of celeriac before we're to old to chew it though!!

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  2. Wow, just wow! Hooray for sun. :)

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  3. You got a lot accomplished. I wish I had the energy to do even a third of that right now.

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    1. It's amazing how much you get done when you get stuck in Ratty, it wasn't until I stated writing it really dawned on me how much I had done myself.

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  4. Funny as I was looking at the remnants of our leeks and wondering whether they would still be edible. I hoed our onions too.

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    1. My leeks are still wonderful...so melt in the mouth...you really should try yours too Sue.

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  5. What a busy weekend you've had, no wonder you're tired. I had other commitments this weekend so didn't manage to do a single thing, I'm hoping to get down there at some point this week though. There aren't many plants which are wanting to grow in this weather. I have seeds planted weeks ago which are only just starting to germinate, everythings taking so long this year.

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    1. I know stuff is taking a lot longer to germinate but I am still under the belief that things are going to catch up with themselves and we are all going to have wonderful crops!!!

      Hope you manage to get some plot time this week.

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  6. Forgot to mention that I've recently written an article about creating a sensory garden on The School Vegetable Patch website. Don't know whether you know but it has moved - the link is on my blog sidebar.

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    1. Thanks for that...I will check it out and pass it on to the school.

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  7. So glad to hear you had some rainless days. You took full advantage of them too. You sure were busy.

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    1. It was a nice satisfying bust though Ann so I didn't mind one single bit (though my body complained a little Monday morning!).

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  8. Lots of accomplishment and many happy things to look forward too from your hard work :).

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    1. Fingers crossed it all germinates well!!

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  9. You've been a busy bee :) I'm so glad for you that you got a couple of days of sunshine to get some work done. It's been FAR too wet for you this year so far.

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    1. I think I would even have put your hive to shame over the weekend Tanya (lol) I was very glad of the nicer weather...just hope it returns for me again next weekend!

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  10. good for you!! we have been harvesting our spring crops for dinner every night...who would ever tire if fresh salad?! this weekend the will be busy....planting, mulching, etc...I can't wait!!!

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    1. It certainly is all go this time of year...and I am so impatient waiting for things to grow big enough so that I can harvest them!!

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