Tuesday, 20 April 2010

the update.

I managed to get some good and long overdue work done today, i had been picking up bits of wood for a while now but never got round to making a compost bin. Well today i rectified that, starting with some left over fence posts from when my neighbour replaced them, the boards are from someones attic which were left in a lane on the way o the allotment last year. The last post was part of an old wooden double bed of ours which we had thrown away, i doubled two struts together, then set about fitting the boards. The 'door' is a thin piece of wood i picked up which i fitted between another part of the bed that i used as batons. Next time i will add a few more boards to increase the height of the bin and empty my black plastic bin into the new one, as i haven't turned it in ages, the bottom half should be good compost ready to spread.

I have also over the last 2 weeks put in the garlic i started in pots, planted some lettuce, and got in the other 2nd early potatoes 'catriona' (i think thats what they were called). I weeded, sowed carrots, and at the greenhouse the beans runner and french dwarf are all coming up well. The kale germinated then died, but the swede, swiss chard and beetroot have all come on well.

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Friday, 9 April 2010


Following my night shifts and a couple hours sleep i got down to the allotment and started by putting in the rest of the onions in, so in total there is 2 rows each of Sturon, Hytech F1 and Hyred F1.
I then put in half a row of Mange Tout pea 'Carouby de Mussance' and the other half with pea 'Kelvedon wonder' saved from last years crop. Alongside the first row of onions i put a short row of carrots 'Autumn King'.
The second row of potatoes went in a few days ago also, 'charlottle' the salad crop. I still have second earlies 'Catrion' and main crop Desiree to go in.

In the shed i sowed three trays, one with beetroot 'Bolthardy', swede 'Marion', and dwarf french beans, same variety as it is saved seed from last year (i forget the name!). I also sowed a few chilli 'scotch bonnet yellow'.

Sunday, 4 April 2010


Saturday morning at the plot, and we got in the first row of potatoes 'Home guard' and 2 rows of Sturon onions.