18 October 2008
17 July 2008
The cold plays havoc with my caulis!
Seems the cool / bordering on cold (yes heating has been on a couple of times) - this has caused many plants to bolt - esp. the caulis - they were getting nice round heads, but now they have turned into bolted flower heads.
Bloody slugs and snails
And to add insult to injury - all the snails and slugs are having a rare old time - munch everything in sight!!
Oh well - I must say my peas and broad bean have been a good harvest so far - so not all bad
Will post photos at the weekend - happy days.
27 June 2008
22 June 2008
16 June 2008
Anyway - the spuds are lovely and extremely tasty. Think I will have to improve the soil a lot more next year as the soil is still quite poor and dry. I do have some main crops, which I am growing in pots in my back yard - much better soil you see.
I also cropped lots of spinach and rocket - I boiled this down to make Aloo Sag - basically fried onion, olive oil, butter and a bit of cheese. Absolutely delicious!!!
Anyway - the weather is cool again - around 18 degress max - but sunny with some rain. The beans and peas are doing well - and the next crop to come through is peas and broad beans - I should get a glut there!!
The salad crops are going well - with the exception of radishes (they have been rubbish this year) - but have had round lettuce and spring onions. Very good!
Will keep you posted with photos very soon - have been very busy lately - but will be posting at least weekly. Laters!
8 June 2008
29 May 2008
Weather last 24 hrs (where has summer gone?)
Max = 13.6 ℃ Min = 9.7℃
23 May 2008
Max = 18.3 ℃ Min = 11.4℃
18 May 2008
14 May 2008
Weather last 24 hrs (not so summery - but still good)
Max = 18.6 ℃ Min = 7.6℃
12 May 2008
9 May 2008
Most (if not all) of my plants are growing well and will be good for cropping in about 1 month - can't believe I have squashes in this early. Touch wood - no return to cold weather!
Weather last 24 hrs (that is amazing)
Max = 22.8 ℃ Min = 12.3℃
7 May 2008
Oh - got an email from Claire - off of clairesallotment - see YouTube bar - cheers!
Weather last 24 hrs (good lord!)
Max = 21.5 ℃ Min = 12.4℃
5 May 2008
2 May 2008
Anyways - I have not written much for a while - guess it's that bit in the year when you wait and see.
I have changed the arrangement a bit - moved the door - will post some photos asap. Am off to Birmingham tomorrow to help a mate with his allotment - international allotment man of mystery am I!
24hr Weather report - chances are that temps will hit 20℃ this weekend
Max = 14.2℃ Min = 4.3℃
26 April 2008
25 April 2008
23 April 2008
22 April 2008
Weather 24hrs - sweet!!
Max = 14.0 ℃ Min = 4.0 ℃
21 April 2008
24hr Weather (prior to 9 a.m. today)
Max = 9.1 ℃ Min = 6.0 ℃
20 April 2008
Last 24hrs weather
Max = 7.9 ℃ Min = 5.6 ℃
18 April 2008
What I will prob do - is use the bit I found yesterday for the roof - and the wooden framed ones as a replacement set for the 'hole' left by the old broken pane.
All in all - a busy day tomorrow. Oh, and the other pieces of glass - I have put on my raised bed - as a cold frame.
Weather report - last 24 hrs
Max = 8.9 Degrees Celsius Min = 2.9 Degrees Celsius
Chances are - getting warmer by Tues of next week = 22nd Apr
17 April 2008
Weather data - last 24hrs
Still flippin cold!!
Max = 8.5 Degrees Celsius Min = 1.8 Degrees Celsius
Oh my flower seeds and tomato seeds have all germinated!
14 April 2008
Weather watch - last 24hrs
Max = 10.2 Degrees Celsius Min = 3.5 Degrees Celsius
13 April 2008
Weather stats for the last 24hrs (getting warmer)
Max = 10 Degrees Celcius Min = 3.2 Degrees Celcius
12 April 2008
Oh the pic! - it's not mine - it's for effect!
Weather synopsis - last 24hrs
Max = 8.3 Degrees Celcius Min = 2.1 Degrees Celcius
11 April 2008
The 2 varieties of peas I had sown (2 weeks ago - exactly) on my window sill have been planted out. They are protected by cardboard tubes at the moment, overnight, just to help them harden-off. I'm pretty impressed by their growth and should expect some quality produce in about 4-6 weeks. Just to remind you - they were; Ne PLus Ultra (200 year old variety - left) and Purple Podded (right).
Spring Weather Report
Just an update on the weather - it is a bit below-par on the weather front. It is a bit cooler but normally wet for this time of year. All in all - things are a bit slow on the growing front - but a few warm days will help things catch up.
Max air temp (last 24 hrs) = 8.3 Degrees C
Min air temp (last 24 hrs) = 3.4 Degrees C
10 April 2008
9 April 2008
Am off ill at the moment with an infection - so a light job was to construct a pea frame (see photo). The peas that have been growing on my window sill for 10 days are about 15cm high - so they have gone outside. As it is a bit cold, I have put cardboard tubes round them for some protection (hope it works). In addition, have planted some runner bean seeds - which I hope will take over as the peas die back. Also, I am hoping to use the same 2 pots for some tomato plants, later in the summer -using the canes/frames for the trusses - let's see if this works.
8 April 2008
Have created some space outside (pots) to grow my peas + garlic I have growing in the window of my living room - they have all shot up (10cm) in just 12 days.
Tomatoes are on my window sill - have sown the following:
- Golden Pear
7 April 2008
6 April 2008
Nevermind, it was expected - but the sun is very strong and it feels warm.
Have go the following sown this week:
- Pak Choi
- Spicy Salad Leaves
- Asparagus Peas
- Broccoli + Purple Sprouting
2 April 2008
Garlic from the fridge
I did an experiment with some garlic bulbs I had in the fridge. I split the big bulb and planted the pieces in some compost/yog pots on the window sill of the kitchen (last friday - 29th March). Well they are only growing very well and - not only that - the have rooted all the way to the bottom and the roots are popping out the bottom drainage holes - that's well fast!!!
1 April 2008
It turns out that I have a small Wren (bird) nesting in one of my hanging baskets. Seems it likes that moss that I have put around the top, so has made a nice hole and created a hollow.Thing is:
- do I move it (it is right next to my shed door), and
- do I continue to water my basket - soggy chicks!
31 March 2008
Seeds are on the move!
Photo taken: 23/03/08
The pots (right) are the sprouts - they are coming along very nicely.
The large seed tray are some spare - cabbages and leeks - have loads already - but you never know what you will need to replaceAs for the rest - not much movement, just a mixture of flowers and various veg - not beans or peas, as made the mistake of sowing them in here and mice got in!
28 March 2008
Just popped down to the allotment to do some watering (shed). Tooks some photos to show you what's going on right now. But all in all - not bad, as there are signs that things are sprouting - broad beans, peas, cabbages, leeks, sprouts, rhubarb and [not to forget] the buds on the fruit trees!!!Will post some update photos later - stay tuned.
27 March 2008
Sowing the seeds (of love)
I started sowing the first seeds way back in Nov 2007, I wanted to see if I could grow some plants in my new propogator -shed construction - I tried the following:
- Cauliflowers: these grew and are now planted out
- Spring onions: these grew, have been transplanted to bigger pots and are hardening off outside
- Lettuce: now these grew and I needed space in the 'shed' so 'dumped' them outside to 'do or die' - they are amazingly still alive - even after very very frosty nights
- Rocket: this [again] needed to be let loose from the shed [space reasons] - but these have done the best - absolutely thrived in the cold weather - including snow!!!!
Will post pictures of all these later - bet you can't wait!!!
Sowing seeds - since Feb 2008
This has been a fun moment - since having the 'shed', I can now start everything off as early as possible. Yes I am taking risks, but I'm that kinda guy!! If it doesn't work - what the heck!! Will post a list of these seeds and updates later.
- Potatoes - these went in on the 23rd March after being 'eyed-up' since Feb. They are the 'Swift' variety - so let's see what happens there!!!
- Jerusalem Artichoke - never grown these before - planted them around the 18th March - you eat the tubers and it is an edible sunflower - the flowers are a lovely yellow!.
- Pea & Broad Beans - originally sown in late-feb in the 'shed' but the flippin mice got them, so had to re-sow them - b*stards!! Nevermind - have replaced them with an RHS gold standard variety and some peas - inspired by the 'Victorian Kitchen Garden'!!
I have this amazing series from 1987 on DVD - biggup Peter Thoday (image) and Harry Dodson (RIP 2005)!! They talk about some 200 year old varieties of peas. I have been trawling the internet and found a website http://www.mammothonion.co.uk/ that were selling the very same 'Ne Plus Ultra' variety of pea and a 'Purple Podded' variety they talk about [see image above] - so all's good and I bought some.Into Apri we go!!
The next coming month should be a fun time - so will keep posting the results - and failures. But it's all an experiment of sorts.