Saturday, 27 March 2010

A reassignment for Julian!

I persuaded Julian to move from the spring greens to look after the brassica patch!
Under the net are newly planted cauliflower seedlings. Got my pal Drew to take the picture

Friday, 26 March 2010

A quick shower!

The view from the shed door as it started to rain. It didn't last long though!

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Too much chat!

Seem to have spent most of the day on the plot chatting! My neighbour has almost become the tenant of the quarter plot adjacent to mine; he and his wife and sister came to view the iy today!
I put together a prototype adjustable bird net frame. Found my onion sets had been pulled from the ground by birds, so I had to reset them, and dug over a patch in readiness for cabbage and cauliflower.

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Onion sets arrive!

Began to think they'd forgotten me, but they arrived in this morning's post!
So three rows of onions duly planted. The CDs are to deter blackbirds throwing out the onions in their search for food! Asked my neighbour, Fred the train, if I might bring his section of path up to the regulation three feet and level it a bit so I can get my trolley in without trampling his veg!

Monday, 22 March 2010

The Face at the Window!

Didn't get a lot done before it started to rain, but I found a new position for Julien's spare head! Started work on the bee/bumble bee area.

Sunday, 21 March 2010

First day of spring, glorious sushine!

Threw away all the cheap, useless compost and sowed fresh tomato, basil, French marigold and celariac seeds in trays in the poly tunnel.
Removed a lot of chickweed and dandelions and tidied up generally.
Also planted two rows of Ulster Prince potatoes, but lots of my seed potatoes have rotted, probably down to frost or more likely a dodgy source! So tomorrow I shall be looking for more first earlies.
The lady in the next plot gave me a gooseberry bush and a rhubarb crown, duly planted!
And I spread a few flower seeds around my bumble bee area! Also some Lavender Vera to combat the smell of horse manure!
Areas earmarked for cabbage, cauli and celariac.
Could just do with a nice day tomorrow now!

Saturday, 20 March 2010

Failiure day!

My spinning CD bird scarer is not a great success, bad aerodynamics!
It moves, and would probably disturb the birds, but I think it's back to the drawing board!
Also none of my seeds have germinated in the polytunnel; that'll teach me not to buy 49p a bag compost! The good stuff is now purchased and ready for a nice day; tomorrow?

Thursday, 18 March 2010

And a bit more1

Another shift on the plot! some more maitenence and Chantenay carrots and parsnips planted!

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Got a bit done today!

Another nice day, two rows of sugar snap peas for Julian to keep an eye on, netted to foil the birds!Three rows of leeks in front of the bramley!

Pulled out the old purple sprouting brcolli and started peparing for carrots, but my back started to complain, so I'll have another go tomorrow.

A pile of useful s..... horse manure!

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Pain killers!

Spent most of the day on the lotty, but with painkillers for the back. Visited the doctor and the diagnosis is backache!
But, my home made poly planter is now filled with horse manure with a layer of compost on top and sown with mixed salad leaves.
I've sown two varieties of sugar snap peas either side of my framework, and netted around it to keep the birds off!
A row of beetroot seeds are sown behind the polytunnel, using up a bit of space, and a bit of weeding and raking done ready for morw planting. I'd like to get three rows of leek seeds in tomorrow, and maybe chanttenay carrots.
Really must remember to take some pics as well!

Monday, 8 March 2010

The dreaded backache!

Gone and overdone it a bit, mainly by being greedy, but I had to leave the plot at midday today after trying to lift a pallet! Now its even painful to walk
I'll have to rest up a few days, because spring is on its way, along with all the planting!
-8ºC last night, even the shed kettle froze up! I just hoping my seed spuds are ok. Definitely lost one or two plants in the polytunnel.

Sunday, 7 March 2010

Sunny, cold weekend!

A beautiful sunny weekend and I get a bad back! Probably something to do with over zealous wheel barrow work in the week!
But I managed to complete the duckboard for the tunnel, thanks to fellow plotter Dave's generosity. Did a bit of seed planting, but a -7ºC overnight frost may not have helped!

Thursday, 4 March 2010

More sunshine!

Twelve to four-thirty today! More tidying, prepared the cold frame for melons, sunflower seeds planted and some work in the poly tunnel.

Monday, 1 March 2010

A sunny day with no wind.....

So it was a good day to erect the polytunnel!
Looking good!
Moved in, but a few tweaks are necessary tomorow if the weather holds!