Thursday, October 27, 2005

Strawberrys and Wind

Last weekend I cleared most of the last bed. I inherited a load of strawberry plants which seem very healthy, but because no one looked after them last year loads of runners have rooted so they are over grown. I plan to take 25 plants or so and move them to a new bit before removing the rest, that's the plan for this weekend.

The lid of my nice new compost bin has blown off. I put a brick on it but a compost contributor may have forgotten to put it back on. Luckily the lid from my dustbin fits perfectly.

Been a bad week weather wise, so not a lot of progress.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

The Seed Man Cometh

Damm it's easy to get carried away with seeds catalogues, marked all the ones I wanted and then realised I have enough for about 2 acres of planting and would need a greenhouse the size of the palm house at Kew!!!!!!!!!.

I decided to order the whole lot from Mr Fothergills to keep it simple, that, plus the seeds left from this year and off various magazines should do me for the season (might do a germination test).

I tried to find varities that matched my needs, spuds that can stay in the ground, long croppers etc, time will tell if I made a good job of it.

As you can see there is plenty to keep me going.

For next year I will mostly be growing..... (hopefully)

Potatoes: Foremost, Santes
Onions: Centurion, Red Baron
Sweetcorn: Swift F1
Radish: Sparkler 3, Big Ben
Carrot: Early Nantes 2, James Scarlet Intermediate
Parsnip: Merlin F1
Pak Choi: Riko F1
Leeks: Musselburgh
Lettuce: Red Salad Bowl, Lobbots, Little Gem, Sangria
Tomato: Marketmore, Gardeners Delight, Golden Sunrise
Peppers: Pepper Apple
Broccoli: Red Arrow, Marathon F1, Romanesco Natalino
Cucumber: Marketmore
Runner Bean: Best Of All
Courgette: Orelia, De Nice Fruit Rond
Pumpkin: Halloween (Sunny)
Squash: Butterrnut
Chilli: Ceyenne
Spring Onion: Ishikura

The plan is to pot sow most stuff at home and then pot it out, that way I can keep a better eye on them.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Some Pictures !!!!

I took these over the weekend, hard to get a good angle.

I have everything from the water stand at the bottom ring to the compost bin at the top left, most of it is now safely hidden under plastic for the winter. I don't think the shed can take much more and it isn't secure but it will do for hiding bottles and pots, if I go on next year I may replace it.

The paths could do with a cut and I stupidly gave away a petrol mower earlier in the year, didn't realise I was going to be getting a lottie..............!!!!!!!!!

The Layout.....Hopefully

I felt the need to plan my layout for next year, can I fit it all in, do I need more seed etc?.

Here is a plan of my plot and how I hope it will look next year, if everything fits, I space it right and it all grows.........................

I have 4 beds about 18.5 feet X 8 feet, they all vary a bit. hopefully doing this I can rotate the crops year on year, any comments on this are welcome.

Monday, October 17, 2005

A bit of history.........

I took over this half plot in sunny Chelmsford in August this year, it’s only a half plot and had been used the previous year by a Chinese couple who apparently grew loads of fast growing stuff most people couldn’t recognise. I wonder if a local take away was getting some locally grown produce.

They grew in a raised bed system, which has disappeared, presumably when the council mowed it. I’m sticking to the original beds layout to make it easy to rotate the veggies and to dig.

I’m lucky that apart from some deep rooted chives and some strange onion type things there is little to clear and only a few weeds, no bindweed or any of that horrible grassy stuff. Also as a bonus I’m right next to the tap :-)

So far I have cleared and dug 3 out of 4 of the beds, all of which are roughly 18 feet by 8 feet, (I did have some help), they are being covered in thick plastic for the winter for a fresh start in spring.

The compost bin has been started and hopefully the shed can survive the winter!!!!!

Welcome !!!!

Welcome to my allotment blog, a record of my first year on my plot, weeds and slugs and all. The wife thinks I’m mad, friends think I’ve lost the plot (a-ha), but hopefully the veggie man cometh.

It’s only a half plot, should do me, it’s only a hobby, I used to like the Good Life on the telly but I’m not going that far. Something to keep me busy and hopefully cheap and proper food

Check back for progress reports.