I started with plot 121 today as it needed weeding. I hoed away to my hearts content between the onions and the garlic, chatting to Brian on the other half of 121 at the same time (he's already dug his half all over and is putting in peas!!) when I hear this voice calling me, so I looked up and there was the lovely Ron asking me if I would like a cup of tea! Bless his cotton socks!
After a lovely cup of tea, I had to get on, things to do, people to see, plants to pot on etc, you know how it is, so I toodled on up to 144 and made a start in the Green House.
I potted on the Dwarf French Beans as I was advised that as we could still get a frost not to put them outside just yet.
Watered the peas which are all looking healthy
Noticed that Arthurs Cos Lettuces are making an appearance
Potted on the Courgettes which have really grown so they are in nice big pots
The Chilli plants are now in their new homes &
The Green House Leeks are getting there!!
I then decided to plant out the Broad Beans that I put into Root Trainers on the 4th March, so they are 3 weeks old tomorrow. Starting life in my utility room, progressing to my Greenhouse whilst its not been heated they have done well, as you can see from the good root growth in these photos.
I then completed the job by filling in all the gaps in the Broad Bean Bed - the BBB!
So it's all looking rather splendid!
I hope you don't miss me and my blog whilst I am incapacitated. I will be going to the allotment, but only when my husband can drive me down there and only when he agrees to doing a few jobs for me, so please send good vibes his way e.g. "take her to the allotment & do the jobs she needs, take her to the allotment and do the jobs she needs, take her to....." ok you get the drift!
And I mean a quick trip because it started to RAIN after a few lovely hours of sunshine!
I couldn't believe it.
I cycled down there with my bike basket full of tools, and couldn't get in the gate I normally use as the lock is faulty, so I cycled to the main gate, saying a quick hello along the way to 144.
My other plot (half share) 121 is by the main gate and Brian, my new plot partner, was working away like a busy bee. Now, just to remind you, Nigel actually "lets" plot 121 but last year when he took it on, he offered me half as he didn't need it all, so I said yes as I needed a little more space (greedy me). Well a few weeks ago, this chap came into the Trading Hut asking if there were plots going, but he hadn't registered with the council so we advised him to do that. The next week he came in again and after making his purchases, he said that he hadn't heard anything, so I told him to phone the council to see where he was on the waiting list. The following week he came in again, bought some more stuff and told me that he was number 47 on the list. I felt so sorry for him. He really seemed keen to get a plot or even share one with someone that was finding a whole plot difficult, so I told him I would put a post out on the SRAGS blog and that he could also put a notice on our Trading Hut board, which he did but still no luck!
I went home thinking about his dilema, and I thought about letting him use one of my raised beds that is currently empty. Then when the other one became free he could use that one. I emailed my 121 plotholder partner Nigel, who said that Brian could use his half of 121 as he could wait for another year to use that, and he had only planned to use it for potatoes this year, and not a fruit orchard as originally planned - how kind was that!! So I phoned Brian with the good news, and by the following week he was digging away, so a happy ending. When he eventually gets his own plot he will be able to move to that one.
Anyway back to my efforts.
I cycled up to 144 and took off the plastic cloches covering the small area I prepared the other day. The soil was nice and warm so perfect for my parsnip seeds!
Here they are all tucked up!
Then is started to rain - that little fine stuff - not impressed, but I had to crack on with my Beetroot.
So the Beetroot is in the plastic cloche which I mended with duck tape earlier as I had previously split in in half to fit on the raised beds neatly.
All 4 rows - 2 of Parsnips and 2 of Beetroot, were all neatly labeled up as were the Potatoes that Derek planted for me yesterday.
And finally, I dug up the remaining leeks from last years planting
You can get an idea of their HUGE size from the onion hoe in the back of the photo!
I took these home and used half of them to make a big pot of Parsnip Soup.
The other half - about 700g - are in the fridge for now, yet to await their fate!
I only have tomorrow and Thursday morning left to get a few more jobs done e.g. plant out the broad beans from the Greenhouse into a raised bed, which I did want to do today, but the rain stopped play. I also wanted to get my Dwarf French Beans out of the utility room and down to the Greenhouse which is now unheated, as it's mild here, and all in there including the lettuces are all germinating! I am sure I will find a million and one other things to do once I am there.
....to work at the allotment today, as I have Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday totally free this week, so I tottered down there, with grey skies overhead, and bumped into a few "locals" for a chat here and there.
Then the sun came out, and my jacket came off, and the shed door was suddenly open, and the tools came out, the gloves were on and I was away.......
I spent over 2 hours on plot 144 and got loads done, and it's a good thing that I did because I have to go to the hospital on Thursday for an operation - removing a ganglion from my FOOT!! So I will be "out of bounds" to the allotment for a good 2 or 3 weeks.
Anyways, back to the work in hand:
Everything as weeded, and the broad beans were looking so splendid, that I just had to take a photo!
I harvested some more parsnips
Put the kettle on
This was after raking the previously dug, and then forked over remainder of 144 - phew, I was pooped after that lot.
As I walked into my utility room yesterday evening, I noticed something "green" beneath the plastic lid protecting the seeds I had sown.
To my astonishment (as I am always astonished by such things) I noticed that a courgette had started to break through the soils surface and next door, so had a dwarf french bean!
This is the courgette close up.
And on further inspection, I noticed that the Broad Beans were joining in too!!
I have just been back there this morning to check on progress and this is what I have found - and it's ever so exciting.....
The tomatoes have done their thing overnight!
More Broad Beans are sprouting and last by not least.....
The courgette has turned into a Loch Ness Monster!
Until next time folks as I am off to the Allotment now to check on the heater in the Green House, water the Peas & Leeks and to pay my bill at the Trading Hut for the paraffin I purchased "on the slate" last weekend.
It was so cold when I arrived at the Lotty today, that I nearly turned back and headed for my nice warm house!
However I soldiered on and put the kettle on first thing.
I then dismantled the Brassica Cage and folded the netting away, dug out the brussels sprout plants and took off what was left.....
I also found a potato yesterday, so it looks like Bubble "N" Squeak later for dinner.
So I now needed to warm up, so out came the spade and fork and I got digging where the brassica cage used to be.
I then uncovered the area of ground in front of the Greenhouse, where some of the potatoes went in last year
And dug that over too!
Ah, now to the worms and the title of this post.
I have never seen so many earth worms in all my days! As I was digging, they were surfacing, and I didn't want to accident put my spade through one and kill it, so I spent a good deal of time picking them up and chucking them over to the bit that I had raked yesterday....
Two of the stars of the show!
So after a few hours of digging and two very unexpected visits from Derek (and Laddie) and from Ron, who both walked all the way up from the other end of the plot to say "hello" I decided to call it a day.
What a lovely sight!
And on my way to the gate, I noticed that the fruit trees are already in early bud!
On plot 121 things were looking a little weedy, so I decided to get the onion hoe out!
An hour later with a flask of co-op tea to keep my hydrated and warm, things were looking alot better
Top pic - Onions to the left - Garlic on the far right.
Lower pic - Garlic to the left (thicker foilage) and onions to the right.
I did unfortunately have one or two mishaps with the onions, and a couple of the garlic's didn't take, but all in all I think I will have a 95% sucess rate!
I have planted double the amount of onions that I put in last year, as I did run out before the "sets" were ready and I have also planted more garlic too. I do have onion sets to to in soon too, so I should have plenty of onions for 2010.