Saturday, 31 January 2009

A small update - January 2009

Well, January has been a very cold month, and unlike some others I hate the cold - give me some nice warm sunshine anyday.
The Trading Hut is now up and I have been busy doing 2 things - well 3 actually
  1. offering my DIY services - I have helped to fillet the wall of the trading hut to the floor - basically squidging concrete at an angle. I also assisted in painting the boards that have gone up on the inside & I cycled to the hardware shop for supplies
  2. Making the boys Teas and Coffees
  3. Last but not least, I have been creating a website for the SRAGS that will run alongside the BLOG. I have no website building experience and I hope that it will be a hit when it is published on the 14th February 2009.

So although I have not been digging away on 144 I have been busy at the allotment and for the allotment!

I am getting very excited that my shed will be up soon - wouldn't you be?

Saturday, 3 January 2009

New Year - New Seed Count!!

Wishing you all a Very Happy New Year
As some of you may already know, I have been way for most of December,
but I am now back to normality,
with the lotty always at the forefront of my mind.
I did go there on the 30th December with the intention of digging, but that was stopped short as the ground is so hard - even Derek (the lotty angel) had to use a mattock to break through the surface - so I had no chance.
The best news to hear was that the SRAGS were granted lottery funding for the new trading hut - how brilliant is that? I have offered my DIY skills as they are looking for volunteers and I have also offered to help out in the shop on Saturdays and Sundays - can't wait!
Anyways, after bumping into both Derek and Nigel on that very cold day, it was decided that my shed needs to go up before I can make plans to progress further on 144. Fortunately for me, they both kindly offered help, so the shed will be going up sooner than I had hoped.
In the meantime I have jotted down a plan for 144 - yes, some more raised beds are going to go in, but Joe Swift style, so some triangles will break up the monotony of the current regimented rectangular raised beds that are already there.
Also - I have listed all the seeds I have :
  • peas
  • beetroot
  • broccoli
  • coriander
  • basil
  • rocket
  • spinach
  • radish
  • toms (ailsa)
  • dwarf french beans
  • hot chilli
  • chives
  • parsnips
  • mizuna
  • leek
  • onions
  • sprouts
  • spring onions
  • pumpkin
  • sweet peas
  • toms marmande
  • toms cerise
  • asparagus
  • marrow
  • butternut squash &
  • sunflowers

The only seeds that I need to purchase are:

  • courgette
  • mini cucumber (snack size)
  • sweet peppers &
  • cut and come again mixed salad bowl lettuce!