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Title: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: mumofstig on January 01, 2017, 10:42
As we start the New Year..
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Post by: BSRobin on January 02, 2017, 08:25
Nothing achieved of note, looked over the plot and had a hot drink in the shed... Browsed the seed catalogue and thumb marked my D T Brown's. Going to order Moles Pelleted carrots and onions.... Peeked under the fleece flats, not a peep from the seeds...Swiss chard - home saved - but I'm an optimist! Our Potato Day is this weekend, and already have a list of my early's and main cropping. Happy new year everyone!
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Post by: Audy70 on January 02, 2017, 15:07
Happy New Year everyone.

Didn't do much, collected some potatoes from the shed for lunch, dreamed about what the coming season will bring and regreted not putting in my garlic. I guess I'll have to put them out in modules now.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: scenic on January 02, 2017, 16:42
Emptied shed,  gasped at just how much stuff you acquire!.  Creosoted the old floor which was showing some wear,  screwed a new piece of ply on top and fixed a couple of shelving brackets.  Put it all back in again.  Taking the week off so back tomorrow to fix shelves, hooks and get it all in some order.   Glorious afternoon in north Wales with snow falling over to mountains in the distance. 
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Post by: mumofstig on January 02, 2017, 16:50
I pruned the Autumn raspberries.
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Post by: victoria park on January 02, 2017, 20:46
Hello all, up for another year. I too cut down my Autumn raspberries today, which will help tomorrows bonfire. Being a bit later than I would normally be, I hope I didn't cut any of the Summer canes by mistake.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Aled on January 03, 2017, 10:09
Two lots of wood ash and have raked the plot over. Must say combined with recent frosts my soil looks very good at the moment!
Cheers
Aled
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Post by: Paul Plots on January 04, 2017, 04:24
I checked the purple sprouting broccoli - and it isn't. (Patience needed)

Noted that all of the garlic has sprouted and is getting quite tall (need to remove the mesh tunnels)

Spotted the green tips of over-wintering onions coming through.

All good.... just a little bit of digging left to do.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Paul Plots on January 07, 2017, 01:26
What! Noone out there enjoying the bright sunshine and fresh air?

I think scenic has the right idea.... shed tidying. Just as soon as I can that'll be my next job....with a radio, hot flask and room to unfold the chair ;)

(Must take my specs and a book).
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Post by: Christine on January 07, 2017, 08:39
Nah it was raining yesterday when we went down to top up the compost heap. It's from frozen solid to soggy at the moment. Nothing urgent to do - digging over all done but a rake to clear around the edges from fallen leaves and such if it's ever dry enough. Roll on gardening weather.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: scenic on January 07, 2017, 16:48
Realised when I got there today that I'd not screwed the shelves down (that explained the screws in my coat pocket!!) so found their contents on the floor after yesterday's blustery weather. Gggrrrr. 

Pruned one row raspberries and shifted a couple of barrows of the well rotted stuff to mulch over and feed tommorrow.

Too wet underfoot to dig.
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Post by: Thrutchington on January 08, 2017, 14:36
A bit of tidying up, spread some rotted manure on a bed that will take potatoes in a few months.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Paul Plots on January 08, 2017, 18:46
I didn't do a thing but..
Realised when I got there today that I'd not screwed the shelves down (that explained the screws in my coat pocket!!) so found their contents on the floor after yesterday's blustery weather. Gggrrrr. 


Sorry... this made me laugh... what a relief to hear it's not just me!  :lol:

I can take a pile of screws out of the garage to do something, get distracted and then wonder where I put the screws - finally running out of time or enthusiasm only to find the screws a day later when I've almost forgotten what I wanted them for in the first place.

Worse still is hunting for the right tools - mine are spread all over the place: under the stairs, down in the garage, aviary storage drawers or garden shed over the road... and usually I am right - Someone borrowed them and didn't put them back. I simply can't remember where I've hidden what!!  ::)
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: snowdrops on January 08, 2017, 19:59
First trip this year. Took vegetable peelings & some shredding of the Christmas tree to add to the compost bins. Had a look round my plots, dug up & washed the last of the carrots, some were consigned to the compost bins riddled with carrot fly.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Paul Plots on January 12, 2017, 00:02
I stood and looked over the hedge and wondered...... and decided I will lift some more leeks in a day or twos time.

Nice to have time to stand and stare... (it was a bit sticky underfoot).
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Post by: Robster on January 12, 2017, 07:28
Nothing.  But I can feel the stirrings.
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Post by: New shoot on January 14, 2017, 16:45
I deemed the plot to be too much of a mud fest, but at home I have tidied up herb beds and the greenhouse.  There is parsley germinating in there  :wacko: 

I set off a parsley seed mat a few months ago (old 50p seed sale bargain I found whilst doing a seed tidy) and it did nothing.  Assuming it was seed that was past it, I slung the pot in the corner of the greenhouse intending to empty it and there it stayed.  In mid January, with frost and snow around, up came the parsley  :lol:

Its rescued from the corner and in the blowaway that is inside the greenhouse now.  I reckoned it needed some TLC after such a rough start  ;)
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Post by: Mr Rotavator on January 14, 2017, 21:06
Collected seaweed, did some digging, spread the seaweed and had a fire.
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Post by: MustbeMad on January 16, 2017, 08:10
Did some more digging on the new plot - nearly finished the next 2 beds 😁 but one of the fences came down in the winds🙁

MBM (yesterday)
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Post by: J_B on January 16, 2017, 12:34
:(  not started out this year, been unwell and with the rain have stayed in..i however have ordered my seeds and started my planting plan
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Post by: Hayleynotts on January 16, 2017, 18:15
Too wet for the allotment today but found this little filing caninate in ikea and decided it would be perfect for my ever growing collection of seeds.

(http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm168/s25ale/2F22A504-0029-42C5-BE62-A0DCAE096748-27835-00001AAE37019EEE_zpsnijxgwgn.jpg)
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Post by: Gellideg on January 16, 2017, 18:21
Looks as though you are going to solve the risk of tariffs on food imports from the EU after Brexit.!!
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Post by: AussieInFrance on January 16, 2017, 18:26
Not feeling so bad about my plastic container full now! Thank you for that.
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Post by: Paul Plots on January 16, 2017, 23:26
Lifted and trimmed some leeks for dinner.... Thank heavens for the scaffold plank as it saved wading over the soil.

(Nice seed store by the way Hayleynotts!!)
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Mr Rotavator on January 23, 2017, 06:42
Over the weekend I collected seaweed and spread it on the beds. Also got some wood from the skip hire center for good old price of nothing  :).
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Post by: Aled on January 23, 2017, 09:37
Put some wood ash on the veg patch, and added some bat guano to the compost bin.
Cheers
Aled
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Post by: Christine on January 23, 2017, 15:25
The ground was still frozen when I attended the allotments this afternoon.  Rest of week looks no better. However, I have sorted out the cardboard donation I was left for future composting over the weekend at the plot by removing staples and sellotape. 

I had transported the boxes from the new computer and screen not flattened and these are now holding both new and old cardboard. So a nice tidy shed corner.
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Post by: Lardman on January 24, 2017, 15:11
Everything is wet and slimy here  :( but I've been itching for some fresh air (no sun though as we had dense fog until lunch) so took an hour in the garden. Pruned some of the espalier apples, tied in and pruned the new pear trees.

I was going to hold on to the cuttings in case anyone wanted some graft wood but there's been no interest  :wacko: , so they'll be off to the bin; along with most of the raspberry canes I lifted earlier this year as there's nowhere for them to go.

I still need to find a final position for 1 apple and a plum tree - quickly too before they wake up.

Nice to see the rhubarb is up perhaps the threat of it's last warning has had an impact  ::) and Im sure the buds on the fig are swelling.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: mumofstig on January 24, 2017, 15:48
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Im sure the buds on the fig are swelling.

I was very surprised to see them swelling here, as well, despite the heavy frosts we've been having lately. They must have a death wish!
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: stompy on January 25, 2017, 07:30
Hi all, I picked up my key yesterday afternoon and finally got to see my plot.
It needs some attention but not too much which i'm pleased about.
Anyhow, i pulled up the old runner bean plants and structure, cleared all the polystyrene cups thats were all over the plot and quite a bit of other stuff too so just a general tidy yesterday with a view to doing a bit more today.

I have some pics so will be posting them when i can find my data cable for my phone.

Andy
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Post by: Paul Plots on January 28, 2017, 01:31
Hi all, I picked up my key yesterday afternoon and finally got to see my plot.
It needs some attention but not too much which i'm pleased about.
Anyhow, i pulled up the old runner bean plants and structure, cleared all the polystyrene cups thats were all over the plot and quite a bit of other stuff too so just a general tidy yesterday with a view to doing a bit more today.

I have some pics so will be posting them when i can find my data cable for my phone.

Andy

Good to have a nice large space... I miss my plot and especially the chance to get away for a few hours to somewhere quiet. Will you have a shed for a cuppa out of the wind?

(These days my veg plots are just over the road - a minute's walk away but I might dig out my camping gas cooker for later in the year. Must clear the shed up first.)
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Post by: New shoot on January 28, 2017, 18:26
I didn't have the energy for digging the plot today, but I've been pottering at home.  Seed potatoes are now set up for chitting.  The onions and welsh onions are pricked out into modules and I did a bit of seed sowing.

Patio aubergines (I know I'm going to regret this but they sounded so good  ::)), cabbage Heart and summer savoury are on the windowsill.  The aubergines got a plastic bag as extra insulation.  I also got some aquilegia, some dianthus and some sweet peas going.  Apart from the aubergines, all this is pretty tough stuff and is going into the blowaway in the greenhouse once it has got going.

I also sowed a couple of big tubs of peas in the greenhouse.  I've done an early crop of mangetout before, but these are a dwarf variety called Bingo, which are supposed to be great for containers.  They were 50p seed sale bargains, so worth a punt  ;)
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Mr Rotavator on January 28, 2017, 22:05
Did a seaweed run today.

Andy.
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Post by: Mum2mj on January 29, 2017, 13:05
I actually made it to the plot today which is no mean feat as I have 3 kids 7 and under (they stayed at home  :unsure:)
As soon as I got there it started raining but not enough to put me off.  I'd say about 1/2 of my plot is weedy and overgrown, I dug over less than 1sq m but filled an entire sack with bind weed  :(
But I also managed to clear a couple of paths and put some cardboard down.
Barely any of my plot is defined so my aim over the next few months is to mark out the beds and paths and have a section for my kids to play safely in.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: scenic on January 29, 2017, 14:55
Did a little clearing, lifted up the last leeks and heeled them in yesterday, it was bitterly cold up there.  After a light frost its becoming a little milder today so i began laying the new path from the shed allow me to get around the plot after fencing and replacing last year.     Soil under foot very heavy at the tope end where him doing the work.   
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Post by: Hampshire Hog on February 01, 2017, 21:52
Cleared out Brussel sprout stalks from one raised bed, broccoli from another. Harvested some leeks for lunchtime soup. Seriously sticky underfoot today, rain stopped any further preparation.

Cheers HH
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Post by: Paul Plots on February 02, 2017, 16:35
Mild and warm enough but the soil doesn't want standing on.. squishy.

I keep peering at my purple sprouting from the path... I am impatient to be cutting a few shoots.
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Post by: snowdrops on February 02, 2017, 17:02
Had a walk round & that's all. Some of the other plots at the bottom of the site were waterlogged 😞
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Post by: HilaryG on February 03, 2017, 11:50
At last, some sunshine! Dug up some leeks which have survived the subzero temps. Noticed they've got leek moth damage even having been under enviromesh since last May!
Picked some sprouts which have been super this year. I put this down to digging in a mountain of horse manure over the last 2 years.
There are now quite a lot of vacant plots on our site...I wonder if the enthusiasm for allotmenteering is waning?
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Paul Plots on February 04, 2017, 03:07
At last, some sunshine! Dug up some leeks which have survived the subzero temps. Noticed they've got leek moth damage even having been under enviromesh since last May!
Picked some sprouts which have been super this year. I put this down to digging in a mountain of horse manure over the last 2 years.
There are now quite a lot of vacant plots on our site...I wonder if the enthusiasm for allotmenteering is waning?

I'd not be surprised if price increases caused by poor weather in Spain and Italy to veg in the shops doesn't see a surge in interested new allotmenteers!

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Post by: Wiltshire Worms on February 04, 2017, 17:56
Sowed cut and come again lettuce in greenhouse...I will help the shortage :D
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Post by: victoria park on February 04, 2017, 19:23
Rehung the greenhouse door that blew off. The birds were able to get in and munch some of my overwintering peas, but they'll survive. A cloche also blew off some outdoors overwintering peas, but again ok. 
Eased and pulled out some couch roots in and around the raspberries.
Harvested some greenhouse lettuce, a couple of parsnips, kale, sprouts and the last of the rainbow beetroots.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Paul Plots on February 05, 2017, 00:33
Rehung the greenhouse door that blew off. The birds were able to get in and munch some of my overwintering peas, but they'll survive. A cloche also blew off some outdoors overwintering peas, but again ok. 
Eased and pulled out some couch roots in and around the raspberries.
Harvested some greenhouse lettuce, a couple of parsnips, kale, sprouts and the last of the rainbow beetroots.

Was it windy? I know the forecasts said it would be (sometime or other) but not noticed it here.  :ohmy:


Today I put 90 shallots into cells and plonked the lot in an unheated greenhouse.... I know they can be planted straight out onto the plot in mid February but I like to get mine shooting and plant when the weather's warmer and sunnier.
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Post by: Mr Rotavator on February 05, 2017, 09:26
Got some wood from the dump to mark out a few beds to make the plot look tidy. Harvested some leeks and celeriac.  Purchased seed potatoes from the local Horticultural Society shop.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Andrew.
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Post by: StephB on February 05, 2017, 13:00
Tackled the disaster that is my polytunnel today.

Didn't manage to do anything with it during 2016 as was nursing my father in law through Cancer treatment.

Its not too bad in there, but alot of weeding and digging in of horse manure to be done.

I haven't sowed anything yet.  I hate trying to manage seedling on windowsill in the house and guessing it's still too cold even in the polytunnel to get sowing.  Please correct me if i am wrong.

Tired now and sat having a cup of tea in the house.  Not sure if I will go down again today.  I should do though as have tonnes of work to do before the season starts properly.
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Post by: New shoot on February 05, 2017, 17:50
Too wet to do much.  A bit of mud-larking does a girl no harm, but there are limits even for me.

I did get some bags of green waste from the garden into the compost bins, then I cut down all the old canes and tied in the new ones on the hybrid berries, as I can get to these from the edges.  Carted the prunings and surplus branches I had cut off to the communal dump, then wandered around drinking coffee and hatching plans.

It was getting dark when I got home and OH was about to launch a search party  :lol:
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Post by: snowdrops on February 07, 2017, 16:33
I trundled off to the plot with my wheelbarrow picked high of the pruned Christmas tree & added it to my bonfire pike. Then I dug up & washed some parsnips to bring home & pulled up a couple of rotted cabbages & the 2 sprout stems that had blown, cleaned them up & brought home what was salvageable for daughters chickens. Later on in the garden I snipped another pile of prunings to fit the wheelbarrow & put it in the greenhouse to dry a bit, never know it might dry enough to shred it
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Post by: stompy on February 08, 2017, 07:06
Yesterday-

Had a good look over my new plot after receiving my shed key form the previouse owner.
Looks like i have inherited 2 thornless bramble bushes, lots and lots of raspberrys (really need thinning)
2 greenhouses, a cracking quite large shed and a multitude of trays, pea frames, a rake and other bits and bobs.
Hit the jackpot!  :D

Only problem now is the kids (3 girls) want a patch of their own! ::) :D

Andy
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Post by: Robster on February 09, 2017, 11:17
Well I've started now. I'd been chitting some Arran Pilot. They are now in bags with compost and covered with bubble wrap in the green house. The first tomatoes are up and potted on but still in the incubator. They'll be my first croppers grown against an outside south facing wall.  Jalapeños are up. Sowed peas and broad beans in root trainers. The deer ate all my autumn sown beans, which was annoying. Sowed summer cabbage and some lettuce.
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Post by: Paul Plots on February 09, 2017, 14:42
Well I've started now. I'd been chitting some Arran Pilot. They are now in bags with compost and covered with bubble wrap in the green house. The first tomatoes are up and potted on but still in the incubator. They'll be my first croppers grown against an outside south facing wall.  Jalapeños are up. Sowed peas and broad beans in root trainers. The deer ate all my autumn sown beans, which was annoying. Sowed summer cabbage and some lettuce.

You are doing well. Too cold here.... although the shallots are in cells in the unheated greenhouse.
Seeds sown = none...yet.

Looked at the plot again after lifting some leeks yesterday.... escaped back indoors again.
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Post by: Wiltshire Worms on February 10, 2017, 21:40
Decided not to go..too blooming cold :D
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Post by: Flowertot on February 12, 2017, 17:36
Husband and I pruned and tidied up the huge old Bramley apple tree in our garden today.  Too cold to do much else.
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Post by: AndyRVTR on February 12, 2017, 18:18
Popped down between the hail sleet and snow we've had today to take a closer look at the tree stump in the bottom corner... still scratching my head! Set away some leek seeds in the house as too wet to do anything else at the moment..
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Post by: New shoot on February 13, 2017, 11:28
Last cold night here tonight for a while, so tomorrow the onions from seed are heading to the blow away inside the greenhouse and a shunt round will commence inside.  Leeks are showing and will move to a cool windowsill, as will some herbs and perennials I have on the go. 

I've sown peppers and chillies today (just a couple each of Supergreen, Amanda, Lipstick, Pot Black, Hungarian Peach and Trinidad Perfume), plus some more aubergines.  I had 1 germinate from the first lot  ::)  He's in a pot now and we'll have another go.  I hope this isn't a harbinger of my aubergine growing this summer, but I fear the worst  :ohmy:  ::)  :lol:
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Post by: stompy on February 13, 2017, 13:19
I pruned my neighbours fruit trees x 2 as they were overhanging my plot by a couple of foot.
Apparently he never visited the plot last year and it's in a right state.
Moved the compost daleks so i can move the muck heap to a new position.
Also purchased my potatoes from the allotment shop, 1kg of Jazzy, 2kg of Charlotte, and 3kg of Diseree.
They are now in the greenhouse chitting  :blush: under a tripple layer of fleece.

I also swept out the shed and had a look to see what goodies the previouse owner has left me.

Andy
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Post by: Paul Plots on February 13, 2017, 13:51
Some people really have been busy!

I looked at the purple sprouting (again) but it still isn't (sprouting).
Put the hoe through a patch in the sunshine (while waiting for the cat to wander away so I could go home without it following)

New Shoot - I am jealous! Having nowhere to germinate leek seed this year mine are still in the packet.  :(
I am hoping I can sow outside and they might be ready by July for transplanting if not there'll be no leeks for 2017/18

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Post by: AndyRVTR on February 13, 2017, 20:08
A lot drier today and managed to get a couple of hours digging in... looks like there's been a few sod fires as lots of potash coming to the surface!
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Post by: Hampshire Hog on February 15, 2017, 13:26
Collected 3 trugs full of manure from our local stables. Piled it up down at the plot.
Tidied up the raised beds used for brassicas removing the blue pipes used for debris netting.
The rain was still holding off so I pruned the raspberries in the fruit cage and added them to the pile of debris scheduled for burning.
Ground pretty wet so no digging but interested to see that the couch grass is waking up on my asparagus bed. (Does it ever rest??)

Cheers HH
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Post by: AndyRVTR on February 15, 2017, 15:51
Lovely day today so went to Plot26 and did some more digging as well as some general tidying up..
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Post by: Mattgregory27 on February 16, 2017, 19:59
Managed to get a couple of hours at the plot so I prepared the bed for parsnips and carrots whilst I tended the incinerator, getting rid of tree branches the council left on my plot when they cut down a dead tree. Sowed some onion sets and put in a small row of carrot seeds in the polytunnel. Broad bean seeds to go in on my next visit!!!!!
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Post by: chillimummy on February 16, 2017, 20:31
Prepared area for potatoes with bit of hoeing and weeding. Picked couple of sprout sticks and a lone swede. Pulled up rest of turnips, salvaged a couple to eat.
Rescued my plastic bench from another allotment.
Bit of weeding around strawberries.
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Post by: candygold1 on February 16, 2017, 22:06
picked up my seed pots today so in the shed chitting away, charlotte and cara. will try and pop up plot and check on the broad beans and purple sprouting. not sure if i can get in yet as workmen putting in a badger proof fence some 1,8 meters deep, sadly lots of plots have been lost because of this.
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Post by: Paul Plots on February 17, 2017, 03:00
Lifted and trimmed leeks for dinner on the plot next-door.... moaned at the purple sprouting as it sill isn't.

Shut the cat in the shed unintentionally and then wondered where it was only to have it spring out at high speed when I put the tools away. Made me jump!

Checked on the shallots in the greenhouse.... Beginning to root.
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Post by: Martin70 on February 17, 2017, 13:08
Received my seeds today and moved the garlic outside from the greenhouse.

Weeding tomorrow :(
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Post by: candygold1 on February 17, 2017, 15:33
lovely day up the plot and got a fair bit done, tied all the broad beans up as there getting quite tall now, weeded the asparagus and onion beds, dug me last parsnips and pulled a few leeks.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: victoria park on February 17, 2017, 17:14
I keep popping tomato/pepper/other seedlings  up to the cold greenhouse, tucking them up under domes, and leave, thinking there's so much more to be done on the plot. Spent 5 minutes inserting some pea sticks and string into my over winter pea crop that are now out of their cloche.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Mr Rotavator on February 17, 2017, 19:15
Purchased battens and chopped up into stakes some battens to border my fruit bushes. Forked some festering couch roots onto the compost heap that had been soaking in water. Stacked some timber for a fire but didn't have a light.

Andy
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Post by: candygold1 on February 18, 2017, 17:00
another beautiful sunny day it was a pleasure to get stuck in, managed to dig 2 large beds over and sort the kale and purple sprouting nets out, i noticed one spear of purple almost ready for picking. sorted out the carrot bins all 4 of them and gave them some fresh soil for this year. i must say the plot is looking very good now i would say im pretty much ready for planting when the time is right.
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Post by: jaydig on February 18, 2017, 19:14
Planted out two rows of broad beans. Finished moving some raspberry canes. Dug over another bed and covered it. Picked some sprouts and the last of the leeks. Pruned all of the old growth out of the tayberry and tied the new growth in.  Came home tired but happy.  The season has started at last!
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Mr Rotavator on February 18, 2017, 19:54
Planted a red current and loganberry. Put some reclaimed decking around vines and fruit bushes. Had a fire.

Andy.
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Post by: MidlandBrewer on February 18, 2017, 19:56
Finally got my first 2*3 polytunnel built :)
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: snowdrops on February 18, 2017, 21:28
Pruned the autumn raspberries, took the kitchen waste & added to the compost bins, then looked at the bonfire pile & decided it would all fit on the top of the ready to use compost under the lid to aid drying, so did just that although it involved a rather hefty rootball that required attacking with a saw & 2 forks to enable me to lift it. Came home a bit worse for wear after that
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Paul Plots on February 19, 2017, 23:59
Planted out two rows of broad beans. Finished moving some raspberry canes. Dug over another bed and covered it. Picked some sprouts and the last of the leeks. Pruned all of the old growth out of the tayberry and tied the new growth in.  Came home tired but happy.  The season has started at last!

well done with those broadbeans.... mine are still in the packet.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Mum2mj on February 20, 2017, 20:53
Planted out two rows of broad beans. Finished moving some raspberry canes. Dug over another bed and covered it. Picked some sprouts and the last of the leeks. Pruned all of the old growth out of the tayberry and tied the new growth in.  Came home tired but happy.  The season has started at last!

well done with those broadbeans.... mine are still in the packet.

So are mine!
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Robster on February 20, 2017, 23:06
Well my broad beans have just germinated in the root trainers.  Another couple of weeks and I'll harden them off and then plant them out if it's relatively mild.  Potted on my Super Mamande tomatoes and some Jalapeños today.  My garden raised bed designated for salary type things has been finally prepared ready to receive the first lettuce in a week or two.  All in all a good pottering today
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Christine on February 21, 2017, 14:09
Turned the compost heap on the older of my two plots as it had middle aged spread. Before I put the black plastic covering back on I let the robin take a few worms. I didn't realise how much it had rotted down .... It was enormous when I started it with all sorts of things last October (someone's privet hedge clippings helped).

Added chicken pellets and mulch to the rhubarb on the newer of the two plots. Don't think I shall get anything off it this year as it has been moved and split but it can be encouraged for next year. Decided where I could put a compost heap when I get things growing (well the plot was stripped before the last tenant handed in the keys so there really isn't anything to get started with till the weeds grow and crops are harvested).
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Robster on February 23, 2017, 11:11
Sowed two new varieties of tomato today. Akron and golden crown. Never grown these before but they seem to come highly recommended. These are destined to end up in the green house. Also sowed aubergines.  Won't do anything until Doris has left.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Robster on February 24, 2017, 13:13
Doris departed.  Not too much damage up the Lotty.  Tidied up a bit.  Harvested swedes, leeks and purple sprouting.  Sowed Bunyards exhibition broad beans.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: jaydig on February 24, 2017, 14:25
Spent a while returning various sheets of ground cover to the plots they had originally belonged to.  Doris obviously thought I needed considerably more weed cover than I already had.  Quite interesting exercise, taking a sheet around to plots where I could see some missing, and trying to see if it matched the type they already had on and the size of the vacant area.
Gave up trying to find the right homes for various pots, containers, buckets, etc.
Raked a lot of debris off my plot, and then weeded a row of newly set strawberry plants.
Picked my first bunch of daffodils.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Hampshire Hog on February 25, 2017, 10:50
Spent an hour or so down at plot yesterday turned over a couple of raised beds incorporating some horse manure. Planning to use these beds for beans etc. Hopefully the manure will have rotted a bit by the time I come to sow/plant  the beans. Then spent some time weeding my asparagus bed it had also had some horse manure as a present for it but selected the oldest poo I could find as the asparagus will be up in a couple of months.(I hope!!)
Just sowed some boltardy beetroot in my conservatory as we are almost in March and this should give me some seedlings to plant out as soon as the weather allows next month. The weeds think spring is coming!!

Cheers HH
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: blackberryjam on February 25, 2017, 11:23
I'm off to the allotment shop today to buy a onion set and some  fish blood and bone .
No potatoes this year had enough Volunteers last year properly have some more
Spring onions already coming up in the greenhouse will sow some broad beans and maybe I'll start of a few French beans this weekend.
I,ll try sowing a few Brussel seeds too but  don't have much luck with growing Brussels seeds or plant ,which is annoying as they are my favourite vegetable 😔
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Robster on February 27, 2017, 16:45
You've got me going there blackberryjam.  I was thinking the other day when I'll get my first french beans in root trainers that I can plant out and grow to harvest in the cold frame.  Still a wee bit early for me.  I think I'll get them going mid March.

Still I did sow some French Breakfast radish and little Chanteney carrots in troughs in my greenhouse this weekend.  Really looking forward to all those salad crops.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: blackberryjam on February 27, 2017, 17:47
Robster  I resisted  sowing the French beans as you said it's a bit early, but I have sown 6 Brussel seeds today indoors . Couldn't resist buying two onion sets red baron and turbo at the allotment shop.
Going to garden the center tomorrow to get some more compost for my raised beds .🌱🌻🐝
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: New shoot on February 27, 2017, 19:07
I found just enough time to prick my leek seedlings out into small individual modules.  The blowaway in the greenhouse is now crammed, zipped up and fleeced up for the chilly night ahead. 

The cold is carrying on for a few days, so I sorted out my next batch of seeds for sowing and left it at that.  They can stay in the packets for now  :)
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Robster on March 01, 2017, 17:45
Pricked out little gem lettuce, turnip and potted on some basil.  Sowed some mange tout into a big plastic box that I  Also erected a net over an apricot tree to stop the blue tits eating all the blossom.  Hopefully I'll get a crop this year.

A nice day for pottering
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: snowdrops on March 01, 2017, 19:42
Yesterday hubby & I repaired the gazebo fruit cage, had a bonfire, dug up the last of the leeks, did a bit of weeding
Today we stayed in the garden, I helped or hindered hubby in concreting the four slabs in place for the greenhouse path, only 8 years since I originally got the greenhouse. But we did move the whole thing last year.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: stompy on March 02, 2017, 07:24
Yesterday

Used 3 prong cultivator to prep the ground for my onion sets to go into.
Dug over the greenhouse borders and fitted the 2 new pieces of glass that i had cut so the greenhouses are now sealed and secure, also removed some of the old rusting clips and replaced with new.

Had another dig around in the shed to see what other goodies have been left for me.

Andy
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Jackypam on March 02, 2017, 16:25
planted some peas in guttering in the greenhouse and some in the soil under a cloche.  See which do best!  They were last years seed so if they decide not to grow at all I haven't lost much.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Christine on March 02, 2017, 19:18
Quick visit to put some chicken pellets and mulch on the raspberry canes on the new plot as there is a little bit of life there.

Am hanging on otherwise as it's been frosty over night the last couple of nights.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Aled on March 03, 2017, 10:40
Getting the itch to start doing things now, but the this constant wet weather is not helping. I do now however have an hour of daylight after work every evening which weather allowing may well help the situation.
Cheers
Aled
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: New shoot on March 03, 2017, 12:40
I know how you feel Aled  :lol:

I'm grabbing bits of time this week to get jobs done.  Sowed onions Supersweet and Doux dec Cevennes, plus some Linaria Canon Went (flowers) yesterday. 

Its all part of the windowsill shuffle, to get some of the hardier things done and out of the way before i break out the tomato seeds  :)
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: victoria park on March 03, 2017, 12:50
Yes, the wet weather is a problem, but most beds were dealt with before the Winter.
Woodchipped the barrow runs, and sowed my red shallots under net.
Sowed red cabbage, lettuce and rocket in greenhouse. Noticed my few early Swift potatoes are just peeping up through the greenhouse border soil. Along with the greenhouse peas, they'll be harvested before the tomatoes really take off. Bit of a squeeze in my 12ft by 6ft, but seems to work  :)
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: candygold1 on March 03, 2017, 22:22
picked a nice big bag of purple sprouting, very happy as my 1st time growing this.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: blackberryjam on March 04, 2017, 20:42
Bought 3 bags of farmyard manure and compost mix and put them in my greenhouse, ready to put on my raised bedi tomorrow.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: prestongirl82 on March 05, 2017, 21:25
Today I planted fruit bushes- 1x raspberry, 1x tayberry, 1x blackcurrant, 1x blackberry, 1x blueberry, 1x gooseberry.
I also put weed membrane down around one edge and put square decking boards down as a path. Did a bit of weeding too- all the rain is making them grow fast  >:(
Managed to slice a bit of my finger off without knowing, thought i'd just trapped it. Lots of blood, but it soon stopped so i carried on digging and turning over the soil.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: snowdrops on March 05, 2017, 21:56
Today I planted fruit bushes- 1x raspberry, 1x tayberry, 1x blackcurrant, 1x blackberry, 1x blueberry, 1x gooseberry.
I also put weed membrane down around one edge and put square decking boards down as a path. Did a bit of weeding too- all the rain is making them grow fast  >:(
Managed to slice a bit of my finger off without knowing, thought i'd just trapped it. Lots of blood, but it soon stopped so i carried on digging and turning over the soil.

Ouch,ouch, my sympathies are with you, I took a chunk out of mine 2 weeks ago on a tin of cat food😱 Hope your up to date with your tetanus jabs, good reminder for us all
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Robster on March 06, 2017, 23:38
Potted on Tomatoes (Akron) and iceberg lettuce.  Planted out broad beans.

Sowed cucumelon.  As I recall they took an age to germinate last year and I nearly gave up on them so they went in today.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: stompy on March 07, 2017, 07:04
Yesterday

Moved the manure bin/box 1.5m x 1.5m sq
Pulled up a whole house worth of carpets under 3inch of wood chip with grass growing through (that was hard work)  :(
Moved the compst daleks to their new position after emtying them then re filling them again and generally move alsorts of bits around at the top end of the plot.

Then rain and my 4 year olds cold hands stopped play.

Andy
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Aled on March 07, 2017, 09:43
Pottered around doing some outdoor jobs last night clearing blocked guttering for example. Still too wet to get into the garden but time to plant a few tomato seedlings perhaps this week.
Cheers
Aled
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: jaydig on March 07, 2017, 14:56
I know it's tempting fate, but I've just put in my 'experimental' row of potatoes. Five different varieties that I haven't grown before in a 3)' row, with only 3 or 4 of each. They are Manitou, Pink  Gypsy, Epicure, Maris Bard and another one, but I can remember the name.
I picked some sprouts, dug up parsnips and the last but one lot of the carrots.
Took the spent brassicas out of one of the beds and rolled up the weed suppressant membrane. I've now covered this bed to try to dry it out a bit.
Dug all round the bottoms of the raspberries to try to get rid of as much bindweed root and nettles as I can before the raspberries get going.Decanted a sack of blood, fish and bone into plastic tubs with lids to stop Mr Ratty gnawing his way into it.
Last, but not least, picked myself a huge bunch of daffodils as a reward.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Robster on March 07, 2017, 16:56
Did my first serious outdoor sowings today.  radish, beetroot spring onion and leeks.  Planted out some turnips under a plastic tunnel cloche.

Feels nice to be outdoor sowing at last.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Mattgregory27 on March 07, 2017, 18:46
Managed a full day there today and with free wood and bark given to me made a couple of raised beds. Just need to top them up with compost and they are ready for planting. Fixed the polytunnel where it had sprung leaks and sowed early carrots, parsnips and broad beans. Mulched date flower bed and all the fruit trees and planted a rosemary bush someone gave me. All in all a very productive day 😀
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: snowdrops on March 07, 2017, 19:03
Put the swoe over 2 of the beds.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: blackberryjam on March 07, 2017, 19:06
Put some of the compost on the raised beds then Dug them over.
Dug up the last two cabbages found a few potatoes when digging over HOPEFULLY WE WON'T HAVE ANY VOLUNTEERS THIS YEAR.
Cut back the brambles in the hedge  and loped a few branches off which were growing over my greenhouse☉🐝🌱
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: New shoot on March 08, 2017, 11:11
I didn't have much time yesterday, but I did manage to pot on the early cabbage and sweet peas, from their small modules to 9cm pots.

The leeks have transplanted well into modules and are growing away, the spinach seedlings are up, as are the early potatoes in buckets and the dwarf container peas.  It is starting to look like I mean business in there.   :D
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: stompy on March 10, 2017, 07:41
Yesterday

Went to the allotment staright from picking the kids up from schools and nursery.
They made a mess and cleared "some" weeds from their patches.

I planted my onion sets (Turbo) and dug over a 4' x 10' patch with a view to using the 3 prong cultivator to fine it off, i have bent the blade on my budget (£6.99) digging spade so need to buy a new one
Also made ammendments to my 6' x 8' greenhouse border by removing 2 slabs from the path to give me more growing space.

Next job is to sow the pepper plants.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Vagabond on March 10, 2017, 19:38
I've been away vagabonding since mid January, so checked my raised beds this week with a feeling of slight trepidation. I was relieved to find everything was fine.
I've been fighting what seemed to be a losing battle to grow purple sprouting broccoli. I only had three vaguely viable plants left when I went away and I was expecting them to have gone the way of the others. Two had, but one had not only survived, it was ready to start harvesting. To say I was delighted is an understatement!
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Redgoat on March 10, 2017, 22:46
1st day on new plot.
dug and cleared area that i plan to put potatoes and started planning where everything else is to go.

Going to be a busy few weeks  :D
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Mr Rotavator on March 11, 2017, 21:34
Sowed broad beans, bit of weeding and a trip to the allotment shop.

Andy.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Martin70 on March 13, 2017, 13:38
Sowed Tomatoes and Aubergines today.

Picked up some onion and shallot sets plus this year's experiment Asparagus.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Hampshire Hog on March 13, 2017, 13:43
Dug over a couple of areas and covered. Need to do a more thorough job before sowing or planting but this will slow down the weeds at this point. Also turned over a raised bed and planted a bag of onions. Interesting that my planting ruler said 3" apart but that looked tight. So I have planted some at 3" and others at 5" will see whether it makes a significant difference. I am growing to eat not show so I don't need monsters! Noted that my neighbor had put a fleece over his onions so piled out a fleece cloche and covered mine too. Nights could be cold and hopefully this will put off the birds too.

Cheers HH
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: paulusm on March 13, 2017, 14:27
Planted Strawb plants, planted parsnips  :)
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: snowdrops on March 13, 2017, 16:45
In the garden made a start on washing last years pots, every year I say I'm going to do them as I empty them! And every year I've got hundreds need washing👿 Will I ever learn
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: New shoot on March 13, 2017, 17:52
Planted Strawb plants, planted parsnips  :)

Sounds like a good start.  Hello and welcome btw  :)

Today I finshed work early, so time was grabbed for pricking out shallot and onion seeds into modules, plus some more seed sowing.  The first of the tomatoes were among the seed packets clutched in my hot little hand :)
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: paulusm on March 14, 2017, 14:30
Digging + planted 2 rows of earlies, hopefully not too early  :wacko:

@newshoot Thanks!
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: victoria park on March 14, 2017, 16:15
Charlottes and Jerseys planted today. Thought I would try the poundland organic potato fertiliser to see how effective it is. Dressed one half of the crop.
Took off the net over the winter onions/garlic and scoffed quite a bit of sprouting broccoli.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Hampshire Hog on March 14, 2017, 20:48
Finally managed to incinerate my raspberry prunings and other assorted twigs etc. Good news was a couple of days without rain helped dry out the material enough for it to burn well. Previous attempts failed as the wood was too damp. Spent the time weeding more beds and ducking the smoke. Weather willing I think I will prepare a bed and some potato bags tomorrow. Not sure I am brave enough to plant yet but spuds are chitting vigorously and in danger of getting too warm in the conservatory.

Cheers HH
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: stompy on March 15, 2017, 07:28
Yesterday

I took and old metal desk frame to the allotment and put it in the greenhouse as my sowing bench, i also put a mesh top on it to allow sun to get underneith it so i can grow plants under there whilst growing my mellons on top in pots and trays.
doesnt' sound like i did much but it took me a while to decide on the final placement and get the top fixed securely.

Checked the onion sets and watered the blubery bushes in pots in the greenhouse.
Also checked the spuds thta are chitting in there and the shoots are nice and stubby but growing steadily, i will look to planting the earlies at the end of the month to beginning of next.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: New shoot on March 15, 2017, 11:44
Yesterday

I took and old metal desk frame to the allotment and put it in the greenhouse as my sowing bench, i also put a mesh top on it to allow sun to get underneith it so i can grow plants under there whilst growing my mellons on top in pots and trays.

That's a nifty bit of recycling.  I like the mesh top idea  :D

Yesterday I finally emptied all my old planters from last year and got the compost bagged up ready to take to the plot.  I'm going to top off compost bins with it and grow in them.

I'm at job no. 1 today, so have sneakily booked a couple of quotes in for OH tonight, so I can slip off to the plot and deliver them.  I can do that, get home and get tea on without him pacing around restlessly now  ;)  :lol:
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Paul Plots on March 15, 2017, 12:42
Shoved the swoe around the garlic and autumn planted onion sets.... very few weeds but it allowed a little air into the surface after winter rains flattened the soil.

Still no purple sprouting :( but the shallots are shooting well and the beetroot is through :)
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Hampshire Hog on March 15, 2017, 13:54
Dug over a bed and sprinkled with lime. Planning to use the bed for brassicas. Emptied out an old container of chicken manure pellets and washed it out as they had become a rather smelly sludge. 🙈🙈Sowed some out of date purple sprouting broccoli in a pot at home -no issue if it doesn't germinate but seems silly to not give the seeds a chance to grow. Extracted my plastic green house from the garage I need to erect it and stop my spuds being cooked in the conservatory.

Cheers HH
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: rosiecider on March 15, 2017, 14:05
 :( Soil still to wet to dig so potatoes etc will have to wait in the shed , planted lettuce seeds, cucumbers, tomatoes 
 peas, broad beans, celery weeded the flower borders, sorted out the potting shed I can actually walk from one end to the other now :D... where did 8hours go!!
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Aled on March 15, 2017, 14:19
Last night with my children's help I potted up some tomato seeds.
Crossing my fingers that I can sort out some angling club business in plenty of time to get home and empty the compost bin, and put it on the veg patch before it gets dark!!
Cheers
Aled
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Thrutchington on March 18, 2017, 15:51
Sowing seeds in the polytunnel, celery, spinach, spring onions and coriander to start. Potatoes chitting nicely.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: paulusm on March 18, 2017, 15:55
Planted two rows of beetroot, two of onion sets.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: snowdrops on March 18, 2017, 16:01
Not done n the plot, but finally finished washing all the plant pots & finished the assembly of my new greenhouse staging & put it in position & the new shelf I bought at the same time, very posh it looks
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: New shoot on March 19, 2017, 08:01
Yesterday I finished mulching the fruit, finally dismantled my ramshackle and cobbled together cage for growing greens and dug the area over.

I installed 2 new small fruit cages side by side - bought cheaply in the garden centre January sales as both were missing the netting from the boxes, then set up the framework for a slightly less shameful attempt at a greens cage in front of them. 

Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Flowertot on March 19, 2017, 19:30
Put in the first 2 rows of potatoes  :)
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: snowdrops on March 19, 2017, 19:43
In the garden, continued sorting out the now washed plant pots, cleaned the wide blow away down & installed it in the greenhouse & the small one with no cover. Then a re sort in the shed, to make it flow a bit better. I had had a wooden tool chest from my dad's workshop when I cleared it after mum died, I'd put it under the wide shelf, but I couldn't really see in it. So emptied it of all the plant pots, moved it to by the door, refilled it with labels, string, chemicals. Then I'd got a couple of self inflating kneeler, so I inflated them & now I've got somewhere to sit.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Mr Rotavator on March 19, 2017, 20:04
Over this weekend I've done some digging, sowed first earlies and planted two blueberry bushes in an old tin bath.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: New shoot on March 19, 2017, 20:23
Planted out honeyberries and a blackcurrant in my new fruit cage duo.  Planted some broad beans and a few garlics that I had growing in pots.  Dug over the remaining bits of the small plot and covered paths and some planting areas with weed membrane.  The small plot just needs strimming and weedkilling round the edges and it is set to go  :)  The big plot now beckons  :ohmy:

I also had a good tidy up of various bits I had stashed on both plots and came away with a big bag of rubbish - silly bits of netting and weed membrane that are too small to do anything with, broken bits and pieces and other tat that I was keeping for some reason  :wacko: 
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: snowdrops on March 19, 2017, 20:44
Planted out honeyberries and a blackcurrant in my new fruit cage duo.  Planted some broad beans and a few garlics that I had growing in pots.  Dug over the remaining bits of the small plot and covered paths and some planting areas with weed membrane.  The small plot just needs strimming and weedkilling round the edges and it is set to go  :)  The big plot now beckons  :ohmy:

I also had a good tidy up of various bits I had stashed on both plots and came away with a big bag of rubbish - silly bits of netting and weed membrane that are too small to do anything with, broken bits and pieces and other tat that I was keeping for some reason  :wacko:

I know what you mean about all that tat, just why do we do it?
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: New shoot on March 19, 2017, 20:53
I know what you mean about all that tat, just why do we do it?

No idea  :lol:  At home I am ruthless with clutter, but the amount of stuff I save on the plot 'in case it is useful'.  Since I didn't even remember I had half of it, I reckoned that theory was blown and finally chucked it   ::)
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: MustbeMad on March 20, 2017, 09:12
At the weekend I managed to do a little more digging - the next two beds just need edging now😀. Picked up some slabs on freecycle to complete the main path, 'note to self': 30" x 24" x 2.5" are **** heavy!

Burnt the last lot of branches and old wood lying around - seems every plot had a bonfire yesterday!
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Aled on March 20, 2017, 09:57
Emptied the compost dalek and spread it over the patch. That's it! There is some serious rain on the way at the moment so I don't know when i'll be able to get stuck in next.
Cheers
Aled
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Mum2mj on March 20, 2017, 16:38
Well I dragged the whole family down to the plot yesterday - husband was delighted  :wub:
But I finally have storage so I took some tools down and put together a plastic climber thing for the kids to play on (mainly for my 2yr old to keep him out of mischief)
Also moved a load of pallets as I'll be putting in my earlies there.
So although I didn't do anything growing wise, I should be able to next time!
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: rosiecider on March 21, 2017, 10:06
Finished digging main plot for potaoes hopefully get them  in at the weekend :D only 2 more smaller plots to dig over to get through. A little wierd though blinded by sunshine while snow is falling and not a cloud in the sky
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: New shoot on March 21, 2017, 19:31
Emptied and moved 2 of the 3 compost bins on the big plot.  Dug over and weeded a patch for them to stand on, then refilled 1 with the stuff that needs more time and topped off with used compost, so I can grow something on it.

Started digging next to the bins and worked in the good compost.  Next stretch involves digging out the old raspberries, which is going to be a pig of a job.  Better eat my spinach for the next few days  ;)
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Mum2mj on March 21, 2017, 21:29
Sowed some broad beans in modules as I don't know when I'll be at the plot next, but at least I have made a start now!
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Aled on March 22, 2017, 09:28
Living in hope for a period of settled weather!
Cheers
Aled
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: blackberryjam on March 22, 2017, 10:02
Don't look like I'll be doing much today.
Yesterday I sowed 2 rows of carrots and a row of radish,then moved my strawberries from the bed  into a strawberry tower
Hopefully that will stop some of the critters eating them.🐌🐁
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Hampshire Hog on March 22, 2017, 14:56
Pretty wet here today. Mind you checked conservatory and pleased to find broccoli has germinated despite being 6 years out of date. Beetroot, lettuce and broad beans also coming on well. All I need now is some dry warm weather. 😉😉
Cheers HH
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: New shoot on March 23, 2017, 19:41
Started digging out the old weed infested raspberries.  Got about halfway down the row before I ran out of steam. 
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Aled on March 24, 2017, 09:41
Living in hope for a period of settled weather!
Cheers
Aled

Looks like I'm in with a chance too!
Cheers
Aled
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Thrutchington on March 25, 2017, 17:44
Transplanted some onions to maximise spave, then digging and adding very rotten manure to provide a bed for my first earlies. Flower seeds planted up in the polytunnel and a healthy dose of weeding!
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Mr Rotavator on March 25, 2017, 19:44
Charlotte and Pink Fir Apple spuds in along with a couple of josaberry bushes. Also managed to have a bit of a weed and put some BFB around the garlic.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Flowertot on March 25, 2017, 22:45
The last of the potatoes went in and also sowed a couple of short rows of beetroot and Swiss chard.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: miggs on March 26, 2017, 16:53
Nothing at the plot, but a mammoth seed sowing session in the potting shed in the back garden. I was at it all day sowing all sorts, and having a general tidy up of the shed as I went along. Looks a lot better now.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Yorkie on March 26, 2017, 20:47
So, what did I achieve today?

Painful knee.  :(

Painful back.  :(

Hamstrings that will be protesting hugely to the point that I already know I will find it hard to get out of bed on Tuesday morning.  >:(

But, on the other hand, a goodly amount of weeding  :D

And the sun was out  :D

Life could be worse indeed  :)
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: mumofstig on March 26, 2017, 20:56
Quote
Hamstrings that will be protesting hugely to the point that I already know I will find it hard to get out of bed on Tuesday morning.  >:(

You intend to stay in bed til then? Must be bad  :lol:
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: stompy on March 27, 2017, 08:19
Yesterday

Went and opened greenhouse number 1's vents
Watered the Blueberry plants
Waterd the onion sets that are now beginning to shoot.

It was 42c in the greenhouse when i arrived there at 12 ish.

Andy
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: MustbeMad on March 27, 2017, 08:42
Yesterday I nearly finished the beds I am currently working on, I did manage to plant the first earlies which was good as that is the first thing in the ground for the new plot and the new year 😀
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: New shoot on March 27, 2017, 10:56
I did 4 hours digging yesterday  :ohmy:  Not sensible I know, but I was on a roll.

The old raspberries are out and the area dug over, ready for main crop spuds.  I also went over an area where I dug out some old gooseberries last autumn.  That has been earmarked for the earlies, which I am going to try and get in this week.  It will mean some juggling to find an hour here or there, but I will find a way  ;)  :D
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: noshed on March 27, 2017, 13:55
It was yesterday actually but I managed to do some digging. Very satisfying, although there's an awful lot to do. Still, the rhubarb looks good.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: goose on March 27, 2017, 16:21
popped down to strim the paths.  I did lots of work on it a couple of weeks ago and it is ready for planting...I was pleased not to see too many weeds had regrown.

my earlies will go in next week.

came home and sowed some salad seeds in the veg patch and sowed some sprouts.  the toms are coming along nicely on my sunny windowsill.

this warm spell has certainly sprung me into action although I don't know how long it will last.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Aled on March 28, 2017, 09:28
Dug the veg patch over on Sunday, ready for a good mash up with the rotovator next week!
Cheers
Aled
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: rosiecider on March 28, 2017, 09:39
Yesterday cleaned the greenhouse inside and out, that took 4 hours!!, fed the slugs in there. planted out onions and shallots, planted 5 rows of potatoes Charlotte, Picasso and Maris Piper.... not a bad days work .. ache today though
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: jaydig on March 28, 2017, 16:54
Dug over some of the "odd" spots on the plot, and sowed some radish, mixed lettuce and beetroot.  Picked the first of the forced rhubarb and some Russian kale.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: robinahood on March 28, 2017, 20:51
Dared to enter the falling down shed on the new plot, to empty it. It had been crammed full of old bed springs, rusty saw blades, rotten planks, etc.
Feel better for that! Just need to demolish the shed now.......
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Robster on March 29, 2017, 06:29
Second earlies are now planted out.  The last sowing of broad beans has gone in.  Planted out beetroot seedlings.
The plastic cloches are off my first lettuces (little gem and an iceberg type) and also off my first turnips (a few are a bit slugged but not too bad)  now under a protective net cloche. 

Chillies, tomatoes peppers and aubergines are all being potted on as they come up to size.  I think I'll take my bagged first earlies out of the greenhouse today.  I'll need to keep an eye on the weather and rush them back in if it looks frosty though.

I really get the impression that things are moving along quickly now.  I even saw a half a dozen asparagus the other day up the lotty.  Maybe I'll be able to cut them soon.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: New shoot on March 29, 2017, 11:13
Found time yesterday for a flying visit to plant Charlotte and Kestrel potatoes.  Thats 2 of the 4 lots of seed spuds in the ground  :D
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: jambop on March 29, 2017, 11:32
Lovely sunny day down here today so I am potting up my tomato seedlings. 
25 x San Marzano
25 x St Pierre
10 x Monte Carlo
10 x Cherry Roma
 won't be using them all myself but the neighbours will get what I don't need. I will be planting a maximum of 40 plants this year. I will definitely plant 15 San Marzano for passata the rest will be a mix of the other three. Also started hardening off my onions this week which will go in next week sometime.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Hampshire Hog on March 30, 2017, 10:00
Planted broad beans and sowed more seeds in bed too.
Weeded asparagus bed.
Sprinkled slug deterrent.
Good news first  asparagus spears showing.

Cheers HH
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: chillimummy on March 30, 2017, 21:37
Planted on my original half plot, 2 rows of shallots and 2 rows of red onions. Next visit will plant 2 rows of white onions. Garlic is sprouting well. Covered a big pile of weeds, raspberry canes and other rubbish from autumn to dry out then can burn soon. Plot mostly tidy and weed free from hard work last autumn!
On my new half plot began digging bed ready for my potatoes.
Last November when I took it on, dug up potato crop and turned that soil over again today, lovely and crumbly.
Half of the plot is fruit bushes and trees and needs sorting out but today started digging over the other half.
Soil very compacted and full of mares tail roots and digging was hard going  ::)
More to do next time and may borrow my plot neighbours rotivator as it was offered though potatoes will break up soil too.
Love having full plot and planning where everything will go as so much more space  :)     
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: stompy on March 31, 2017, 07:26
Removed the black plastic that had covered the plot through winter.
Removed some more woodchip and grass covered carpet.
Knocked in 2 x 8ft poles either side of one of the beds, then planted a runner from a thornless bramble bush.
Then did a bit of tidying around and had a chat with 2 of the older guys on the site where i secured myself a large load of manure for £15 to be delivered on Sunday morning so very pleased about that.  :D

Andy
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: jambop on March 31, 2017, 14:29
Nice dull but pleasantly warm day so I got all my onions transplanted. Four 10m rows of  Zebrune, Long red Florence, red Ampotsa and Golden Bear... never use that many but I can always let others have some.

edit
and a thunderstorm with hail the size of marbles arrives and destroys the lot  :(  Well all I can say is that I deliberately planted them an inch below the soil surface so although it looks like a heard of hippos have been wallowing in my garden hopefully when the whole thing dries down we may yet see some onions growing again... they are tough wee B's   :)
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Hampshire Hog on March 31, 2017, 17:17
Crossed my fingers this afternoon and finally planted some early potatoes in bags. First time trying this method so I am hoping it gives me a slug free crop.

Cheers HH
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: New shoot on April 01, 2017, 20:36
Planted out summer cabbage, spinach, spring onions and onions, plus weeded for a bit.

Nearly shut the plot robin in the compost bin.  I was just going to put the lid back on when he shot out of there, landed in my plot neighbour's apple tree and proceeded to tell me off  :lol:
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: New shoot on April 02, 2017, 16:07
I've slacked off early today after finishing digging the rest of the area for the spuds and planting the last 2 lots out.  I am now the owner of a vast and mighty potato patch and a very achy body ... but it was worth it  :lol:
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: paulusm on April 02, 2017, 16:29
Planted four half-rows of main crop potatoes. Pulled out some dandelions.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: miggs on April 02, 2017, 16:49
Made a start on digging over the area's for the spuds. Got a shock while I was down there. As I am usually on my own when I am at the plot, was pleasantly surprised to see new people at the other plots. Seems like some plost have been given back to the council and have been taken up by some enthusiastic people.
The soil was so soft, it's as though it had been dug over every week I have been away.
As I am on 6am-2pm this week, it will be straight to the plot for an hour, weather permitting of course,
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Flowertot on April 02, 2017, 23:37
Sowed some early carrots and weeded the raspberries.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Aled on April 03, 2017, 09:30
Put some French Bean seeds in pots.
Cheers
Aled
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Paul Plots on April 03, 2017, 16:38
Put some French Bean seeds in pots.
Cheers
Aled

I did that yesterday! :)

Where are you placing the pots? I've put mine in the greenhouse although it gets little sunshine  :mellow:
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: robinahood on April 03, 2017, 18:24
Demolished shed. Well, blew on it. Robins loving the insects I unhoused, including a seriously huge spider.....
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: miggs on April 03, 2017, 18:31
Another hour after work today. Another bed dug over, started to strim the paths the paths as well.
Sweetcorn seeds arrived today, sow them in the morning.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: snowdrops on April 03, 2017, 19:40
Lots & lots. Narrowed out the well rotted manure to the potato bed, ready for hubby to rotovate tomorrow. Put the swoe over all the other beds & left the weeds to dry on the surface, I'll rake them up tomorrow then they can go straight on the bonfire I'm going to have. Hand weeded the onion bed & boy does it look better for it. Dug up the last parsnips & even a few beetroot that seem ok, well at least enough for some chutney. Rehomed some strawberries to another part of the plot. Swept up & had. a couple of sit downs & 2 cuppas, nit bad for a 6 hour stint
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Hampshire Hog on April 03, 2017, 22:54
Put last few new spuds into a bed. Planted beetroot seedlings into another bed and covered with cloche.

Cheers HH
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: stompy on April 04, 2017, 08:21
Too much to mention over the last 3 days but generally -
Rotavated the whole plot planted the potatoes, planted a new pear tree and sowed my tomato, pepper, corgette and pumpkin seeds.
You can read in more detail in my diary page, the link for it is in my signiture, also please feel free to comment.

Andy
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Aled on April 04, 2017, 10:00
Put some French Bean seeds in pots.
Cheers
Aled

I did that yesterday! :)

Where are you placing the pots? I've put mine in the greenhouse although it gets little sunshine  :mellow:

I've put mine on the windowsill of the dinning room. Its on a sandwich tray so the sills will remain dry.
Cheers
Aled
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: rosiecider on April 04, 2017, 12:39
Potted up my sweetcorn in their cardboard tubes should have checked them a couple of days ago some tap roots over 2 inches. An hour rough digging will finish off tomorrow, checked carrots no sign yes but 1st earlly pots peeping through compost  in the greenhouse..... then off to work
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: snowdrops on April 04, 2017, 18:53
7 hour stint today with about 4hours from hubby. He rotorvated the potato,squash & another 3 beds. I had a huge bonfire, having fetched a load of wood from our daughters last night, got all the weeds burnt it got so hot. Hubby fetched me a load of confidential paperwork I've been shredding but much quicker to burn it. Then I tidied out both big & little sheds, I can actual see the floor in the big one again. But not in the little one as we keep the rotorvator in there & I like to keep it hidden behind a load of cardboard boxes. Cooked a sausage sandwich, & had a surprise visit from our little granddaughter & mummy, plus a couple of cups of tea. All in all a lovely day & the plot looks superb, nothing much in it but that won't take long to fill it
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: miggs on April 04, 2017, 19:23
Nothing at the plot today, but another seed sowing session in the potting shed at home. Probably go back to the plot in the morning.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Paul Plots on April 06, 2017, 00:49
I dug a good deep hole and plonked in an old fence... strung some wire across from a wooden arch then tied in my blackberry.

(The rest of the day = household jobs that I have been putting off for a while but loads of plotting tomorrow ;) )
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Vagabond on April 06, 2017, 21:30
Sowed my broad beans yesterday and today the onion sets went in.
I'm a little nervous because a friend got me a load of cow manure this winter but I'm not sure if it's old enough. I have no experience so I'm not sure what constitutes 'well rotted'! One person thought I should leave it for a year whilst another said it would be fine. Only one way to find out I suppose.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Paul Plots on April 07, 2017, 22:32
Sowed my broad beans yesterday and today the onion sets went in.
I'm a little nervous because a friend got me a load of cow manure this winter but I'm not sure if it's old enough. I have no experience so I'm not sure what constitutes 'well rotted'! One person thought I should leave it for a year whilst another said it would be fine. Only one way to find out I suppose.

It may well depend upon what you are using it for - which crops and how you apply it. Dug in, mulched around or into a trench and forked in before covering with soil.

Some crops hate newly manured ground... I think it'd be ok to place it around fruit bushes but keep it away from the stems.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: New shoot on April 08, 2017, 08:03
Potted on aubergines, peppers, chilies and toms yesterday.  Off up the plot once my morning coffee has kicked in.  I want to do some more digging before it gets too warm  :)
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: miggs on April 08, 2017, 09:29
As the weather is looking good for the weekend I expect to be busy. I have got plans to put in my Onions and shallots later today when the sun burns away the damp. I will carry on digging plots ready to take spuds next weekend. Have been reading spud planting tips on here for a few days now, need some Potato fertiliser now.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: miggs on April 08, 2017, 15:54
Just got back from the plot. Planted about 100 Onion's and approx 20 Red shallots. Will have to go back on Sunday to plant the rest. I have another bag of Onions and 3 bags of Shallots to plant.
Strimmed all the paths and it's looking good again.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Paul Plots on April 08, 2017, 16:54
Lots of grass cutting and sweet-pea a planting (first lot).
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: New shoot on April 09, 2017, 09:07
Yesterday I did do some digging and watered the cabbage, spinach and onions that have recently been planted on the plot.  Also some strimming of edges.

Today is a big seedling catch-up.  I need to shuffle stuff around again and make some room in the greenhouse - wish me luck  :lol:
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: gazmet on April 09, 2017, 17:25
Sowed asparagus seeds 3 years ago. Finally getting my reward.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: miggs on April 09, 2017, 19:14
After a couple of hours down at the plot this morning, I can safely say all my Onion sets are in. I did a rough count with the second bag and there approx 25 sets per row. Each bag did 6 rows. I think I will be ok for Onions. I also got 4 bags of Shallots in. Made a bed approx 1ft x 10ft larger, to keep all the edges of the beds in line with each other. Strimmed all the paths and got a bit of sunburn for my troubles.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Paul Plots on April 09, 2017, 20:41
Watered.... picked purple sprouting... hoed a little

(Onions sprouting, shallots green tufted, beetroot = two leaves showing, transplanted raspberries looking good and even some early flower buds) :)
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Aled on April 10, 2017, 09:41
Double dug and manured the plot on Sunday. I'll give it a week to settle then i'll rotovate and plant. Also planted out my strawberries.
Right we have now started proper!
Cheers
Aled
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: rosiecider on April 10, 2017, 11:49
Thought plenty of time this morning before work to plant beetroot, parsnip and turnip seeds, and some swede hadn't bargained on resident Robin overseeing trowel work from 3 inches away and hopping round my feet slowed things up a little, so just planted 2 rows parsnips and a row of beet
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Hampshire Hog on April 11, 2017, 11:13
Down to plot for a couple of hours. Erected a blue hoop tunnel covered with debris netting and planted out some summer broccoli from home. Then planted half a dozen summer cabbages from a local garden centre ( some missing from a strip so only £1 not £3.99) as one of my friends would say rude not too😂😂

Threw a bit of water onto beetroot seedlings and onions it seems very dry here at present.

Cheers HH
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Paul Plots on April 12, 2017, 01:32
Planted one long row of gladioli for cut flowers and four new dahlias - again for cut flowers for the house.

Readied a bed for sweet pea plants using canes at each end and a long cross-bar then tree prunings in-between.
Planting out tomorrow.

Watered as little rain in Sussex - the same in Hampshire it seems.

Nice to have time to potter... beginning to get the hang of being retired.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Aled on April 12, 2017, 09:09
First bean plant has just popped through! :)
Cheers
Aled
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: rosiecider on April 12, 2017, 10:36
Sat with a cup of coffee 5.30 this morning and admired the weedless ground... for now, painted potting shed and full green house of little seedlings... al's right with the world, well my world :D
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Njlongden72 on April 12, 2017, 14:20
Planted two rows of asparagus, dug over another patch, only one to go and did some watering, it's so dry here had no rain in a couple of weeks
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: victoria park on April 12, 2017, 16:18
Planted out the first caulis of the season under mesh. They're looking magnificent at the moment, couldn't have had a better upbringing. Started to plant out the sprouted paper pot parsnips.

A bag of PSB/lettuce/rocket/spinach for the table and noticed some flower buds on the early sungold tomatoes. Very pleased as early for me.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Thrutchington on April 14, 2017, 12:55
Bit of an update from the last couple of weeks, digging in manure, emptying composters (good black stuff!), first earlies and shallots in, weeding, seed sowing in polytunnel, harvesting rhubarb and digging out an old tree root (tree long since logged up and burned in stove). So, busy times but great fun.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: candygold1 on April 14, 2017, 18:10
made frame up for netting of peas, sown couple of rows of beetroot, removed the finished psb and dug bed over ready for planting the beans later,
sown another bin off carrots

very dry at the moment so everything had a good drink need some rain down south
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Luiska on April 15, 2017, 00:53
Five weeks into my first allotment plot it's been all systems in high gear. Just loving it. A new polytunnel put up with friends' help last Sunday means I could import my seedlings from a friend's greenhouse today - mostly perennial herbs, flowers and tomatoes - re-pot the Ailsa Craig tomatoes (but no rush with the Roma and Gardener's Delight - why are they so far behind?), sowed Czar runner beans, borlottis, double red sweet corn & various zucchinis in pots. Plus - yay! - finish the third of my asparagus trenches: altogether 10 each of Pacific 2000, Ariane & Stewart's Purple. A bit wonky, but I'm not addicted to straight lines. Last night a neighbour let me cut my dinner from his asp. plot and it was just the incentive needed to get me through the last stage of a hard process! Fresh asparagus has nothing to do with those tired bundles from Spain in the supermarket. 
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Rhys on April 15, 2017, 16:08
Got my bum out of bed early and then had a lazy morning  ::)

It's a 45 minute drive from my home in Goole to my allotment in York, so got here about dinnertime. (I usually work around York, so it's local to go on in an evening for an hour or so).

Got my spud rows dug and planted. 1.5kg Sarpo Mira and 2kg Rooster.

Was given some caulie seedlings by a neighbour so split them off into seed trays and have them sitting in some water in the greenhouse.

Planted a small row of white beetroot (Detroit White) and a row of carrots (Resistafly F1) under glass outside.

Also planted the other half of my allotment with Buckwheat as a green manure. Did several rows about 2 feet apart so I can walk down/ rotavate between them.

Now I'm just sat in the greenhouse having a rest and a drink of nice cold water before I pack up and go home.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: paulusm on April 15, 2017, 17:58
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Vagabond on April 16, 2017, 09:30
So, this is my second year of veggie growing and I'm excited and hoping I can repeat last year's successes and improve on the disasters!
I planted my potatoes last week and a few seeds under my cold frame. This year I'm going to stagger the seedlings so that I don't have so many gluts.
I've been watering the beds for the last few nights because it's been so dry.
Several seeds in the cold frame are showing tiny shoots... this is the bit I love!
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Vagabond on April 16, 2017, 09:37
Sowed my broad beans yesterday and today the onion sets went in.
I'm a little nervous because a friend got me a load of cow manure this winter but I'm not sure if it's old enough. I have no experience so I'm not sure what constitutes 'well rotted'! One person thought I should leave it for a year whilst another said it would be fine. Only one way to find out I suppose.

It may well depend upon what you are using it for - which crops and how you apply it. Dug in, mulched around or into a trench and forked in before covering with soil.

Some crops hate newly manured ground... I think it'd be ok to place it around fruit bushes but keep it away from the stems.

Sorry for not acknowledging your helpful reply sooner, Paul Plots. I checked which of my intended crops shouldn't be manured, and I've been cautious about the quantity of manure I've used. Fingers crossed!
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: New shoot on April 16, 2017, 12:38
Planted out autumn leeks, bunching onions, turnips and komatsuma.  Gave everything a good water.  Nattered to plot neighbours  :)
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Aled on April 16, 2017, 21:01
Rotovated and dug over, plan to plant on Thursday...after rotovating again tomorrow.
Cheers
Aled
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Flowertot on April 17, 2017, 17:56
Potted on the tomato seedlings, sowed pumpkin/squash/courgette seeds, watered everything well (so dry here), did a bit of weeding.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: mumofstig on April 17, 2017, 18:44
I popped round earlier to ridge over the potato tops - heavy frosts forecast for the next few nights  :(
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: New shoot on April 17, 2017, 19:59
Dug over some more ground.  There were just the first signs of potato leaves on the earlies, so put some soil over them. 

OH strimmed then managed to blow up my wheelbarrow tyre with a compressor.  I did say a foot pump was more than adequate  ::)

Got home and potted on some tomatoes.  OH shuffled off and looked at wheelbarrow tyres on line  :lol:
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: snowdrops on April 17, 2017, 20:30
Planted 95 seed potatoes, deadheaded the daffodils & transplanted some winter onions to fill in the gaps where some fate had befallen some ( quite a lot actually) to make best use of the space. 
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Hampshire Hog on April 17, 2017, 21:14
Planted a few lettuce seedlings amongst my cabbages. Noted that slugs had already started nibbling the cabbage seedlings so added some more pellets. Delivered three trugs of home made compost and spread onto potato bed to protect from the forecast frost. Weeded asparagus bed. Watered all of the still dry beds.

Cheers HH
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Vagabond on April 17, 2017, 22:37
Sowed some beetroot seeds directly into bed. Covered bed with net to deter the neighbour's cat!
Did some digging, weeding and watering.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Luiska on April 18, 2017, 02:53
Cleared a bit more of the final veg bed and sowed little gem and mizuna seeds; removed turf and dug over a third of a planned herb bed and sowed bronze fennel, dill and coriander - hard work but the previous incumbent had rather a lot of rather lovely lawn which I don't want. Rocket, red salad bowl, lollo rosso, yellow beetroot, perennial spinach and spring onions coming along outdoors - always such fun watching the little things get going. Re-potted Gardeners Delight & Roma tomatoes in the tunnel when it got too chilly to be much fun outdoors. No frost predicted around here, but it certainly felt like it.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: greenjay on April 18, 2017, 19:36
emptied the compost heap. its seemed a lot of barrow loads but it didn't go far on the ground.
soon started to fill it again.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Hampshire Hog on April 18, 2017, 20:13
Dug over a bed ready for some leek seedlings. Checked French beans in conservatory and pleased to see they are starting to germinate.

Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Rhys on April 18, 2017, 23:16
Watered some caulie seedlings I was given, watered some covered carrots and white beetroot. Also gave a few watering cans worth to my Buckwheat green manure seeds I planted on Friday.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: robinahood on April 19, 2017, 05:21
As there are some cold nights forecast I held off any more sowing. I weeded and watered my raised beds, then the rest of the time spent clearing buried glass and breaking up the rotten shed. Went into the greenhouse (its home made and not in a good state) and found a blackbirds nest with three eggs, so won't be using it for a while!
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Gary Circuitt on April 21, 2017, 08:39
Watered all beds, no decent rain in the last 3 weeks, everywhere seems so dry.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Hampshire Hog on April 21, 2017, 21:34
Took 3 trugs of home made compost to plot and added to bed ready for leeks. Harvested some asparagus for dinner.

Cheers HH
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Rhys on April 22, 2017, 01:14
Thursday..

Did a lot of pruning, overgrown roses and self seeded trees got walloped..
Decided to make a new compost area next to the old one, which was full of rubbish and branches.
New area is in front of the old redundant gate, since fenced across by the council. Thick roses stems added for more security. No way in now  ::)

Emptied the compost bin and forked it into its new area.

Still a long way to go.. chipping away a bit at a time.

(http://i790.photobucket.com/albums/yy181/gramayr/Allotment/12B5B137-8E8A-44E8-AFA0-5FD778403776_zpsjywat8c2.jpg)
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Post by: Aled on April 22, 2017, 18:30
Right then dug then planted Potatoes, beetroot, carrots, spinach, shallots, & radishes, made my French bean wigwam, but at the moment I've only got 2 plants to put in there!!
Still we are getting there.
Cheers
Aled
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: miggs on April 22, 2017, 20:05
Dug over an already dug over area and planted lots of seed spuds. The only thing is, the area I dug over is not big enough for all the seed spuds. Didn't realise I had bought that many. Back to the plot in the morning then.
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Post by: Vagabond on April 22, 2017, 23:46
Sowed another couple of rows of beetroot seeds and sowed my parsnip seeds straight into the bed.
Moved some pots of various sowings from the cold frame into a sunny indoor spot instead as I think it might be too cold for them to germinate.
My broad beans, onions and early spuds are all pushing through and I've been watering them daily as it's been so dry.
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Post by: Paul Plots on April 23, 2017, 01:39
Watered the seedlings (carrots and beetroot) and then picked a large bag full of purple sprouting.
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Post by: miggs on April 23, 2017, 12:52
Just got back from putting the rest of the spuds in. Strimmed all the paths, looking a lot better now.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Hampshire Hog on April 23, 2017, 13:27
Brought my spud bags together in a row and covered with a fleece cloche. Was going to create individual covers for each bag but decided this was a quicker and simpler defence. Whether it works will be determined by this coming weeks freezing conditions!! Had another watering session too as the weather is still very dry here.
Cheers HH
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: New shoot on April 23, 2017, 15:28
Earthed up all the early spuds as they were showing through and we have a frosty week ahead.  Then dug over a bit more of the plot until I ground to a standstill.

Enough digging for one day - home, showered and feet up now  :)
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Post by: Mr Rotavator on April 23, 2017, 20:45
Dismantled greenhouse (have no time to put back up after it had to moved), weeded and watered.

Andrew.
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Post by: MustbeMad on April 23, 2017, 21:22
Also earthed up the spuds as they got slightly frosted earlier on in the week. Nearly finished the onion bed on the new plot - sets are a bit late going in!
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Post by: Thrutchington on April 25, 2017, 20:21
Digging beds over after work tonight, in the freezing wind, might get round to planting maincrop potatoes and onion sets at weekend.
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Post by: Luiska on April 25, 2017, 23:16
I got a bit ahead of myself and sowed sungold tomatoes in the middle of Feb (before reading the packet). Yet the 6 plants I am keeping are stocky, strong & already beginning their first flower truss, so I put 5 of them in half a grow-bag each today in the polytunnel. I've fleeced them well in case of the promised arctic weather and my fingers are crossed. Also sowed climbing peas, purple-stemmed broc, climbing French beans and Greek gigantes climbing beans for drying - all in cardboard modules.

And then - to grow them up - I built a couple of bean frames from the beautiful hazel stakes I got at the Ipswich beanpole day on Sunday - really like the height and structure they bring to my flat new plot.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Paul Plots on April 26, 2017, 01:07
Potatoes earthed up yesterday as they were just peeping through in places... chilly nights for a day or two.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: rosiecider on April 26, 2017, 11:37
Tucked my little tatties in to protect from the frost, fed the resident robin and blackbird, back in the house its started to snow
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Hampshire Hog on April 26, 2017, 12:03
Short visit whilst Mrs hog was at yoga in village hall by my allotment. Pretty cold at 4 degrees when we left home so asparagus was sulking no spears tonight. Decided I should make use of time so weeded all the beds and added some water to the spuds. Harvested some rhubarb.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: snowdrops on April 26, 2017, 15:46
I got a bit ahead of myself and sowed sungold tomatoes in the middle of Feb (before reading the packet). Yet the 6 plants I am keeping are stocky, strong & already beginning their first flower truss, so I put 5 of them in half a grow-bag each today in the polytunnel. I've fleeced them well in case of the promised arctic weather and my fingers are crossed. Also sowed climbing peas, purple-stemmed broc, climbing French beans and Greek gigantes climbing beans for drying - all in cardboard modules.

And then - to grow them up - I built a couple of bean frames from the beautiful hazel stakes I got at the Ipswich beanpole day on Sunday - really like the height and structure they bring to my flat new plot.

I like the idea of a beanpole day😊