Well it's been a fantastic but extremely hectic and busy past week and a half. Originally I was going to write this post on Monday but then to my delight I found that I hadn't missed the dead-line for the fire-pit competition and although I don't expect to win I thought it would be a fun post to write anyway.
So over the past week or so I have been spending plenty of time down the allotment getting caught up on tasks that really needed accomplishing. This means that now all of my potatoes are in the ground, Nicolas for the second earlies and King Edwards for the main crop. I also have some French potatoes in the ground that were given to me by a plot neighbours and just a few Charlottes and Swift that I managed to find a bit of room for which another allotment holder couldn't fit in and I can't stand to see anything go to waste!!
It hasn't all been hard slog though...
I also spent some time over the week carrying out less strenuous tasks such as giving the pond a bit of a clean out. Whilst cleaning the pond I even had the chance to meet a couple of toads who popped there heads up to see what all the fuss was about. It's nice to know that it's being used by more than just the birds for a bath.
My onions have finally gone in the ground and also the peas, mange-tout and sugar-snaps. These are all things I sow directly and don't start off in the greenhouse so they did need to get in pronto so they could start growing. I am growing both red and white onions from sets again.
As I said the weather has been glorious and even the wind has died down so I spent the time filling the tubs around the greenhouse with new compost to start off the salad crops...did hit one minor hitch whilst doing this though......
As I picked up the last bag of compost out of the shed I noticed a hole in the bottom of it though I have to say didn't think too much about it at the time. But then when I ripped the bag open I encountered what you see here. A very quick check confirmed the presence of babies. I couldn't harm them so I have put the bag back very carefully and now I hope the Mum will still come and tend to them. They were too small to fend for themselves or be reared by me. I haven't checked yet if they are okay but will do so this weekend. I couldn't consciously harm such defenceless animals even though I may live to regret that choice!!
Most of the seeds are through in the greenhouse now with just the pepper, tomatoes and chillis being left behind but they always take longer to germinate so I'm not worried about this. One thing I did think I would see some sign of by now though it the parsnips so if they don't make any show at all by the weekend then I will probably sow some more.
I did sow some more marrow and butter-nut squash as germination rate on these was low so I hope more will come through very soon.
|Hardening off those wonderful plants!!|
As you can see above the plants are doing well and in the suddenly warm weather I am having plenty of chance to harden them off ready for planting out this weekend, though I hope it turns back around again as today the temperature have dipped a little and we have dark black clouds and even a little rain. No matter what the weather though they will get planted!
Apart from this I have been burning rubbish on the bee plot and burning my ears with the sun, so much so that when we visited Denton street market on Monday afternoon I bought myself a hat. It's not overly flattering but it does the job and even has a drawstring so it won't blow off in the wind. I would sooner look silly and be protected than look good and be a fool!! Maybe I will get a pic of it for you next time the sun comes out!
And talking of being protected and not exactly looking cool I have another purchase to show you this week too.....
|I'm under there ...Honest!|
I also bought a be suit this week...Don't I look great?? I guess the good thing is you can't actually see me so I suppose I can claim that it isn't me. The dog in the photo belongs to my Mum but I didn't really want a picture taken so decided Louie should be a part of it too. Only problem with that was we saw how incredibly dirty he was (yes he is supposed to 'BEE' the same colour as the suit!!) So we gave him a good bath!
Well I think that is me all caught up now...hopefully I will get time to catch up with all my favourite blogs again soon but with the bee course and extra hours at work time keeps flying by, I didn't even realise we had reached the month of May last week and so missed my hair appointment....Well no doubt after planting things will quiet down a little and I will be able to breather a little easier....never mind all the running around is worth it once you start harvesting your own crops!!