31 March 2010
26 March 2010
21 March 2010
Had a practical weekend. I decided to move the entrance to my plot nearer to the fence - should confuse any would be vandals. I filled the old gap with a door I was using for the compost bins. Where the door was, I made a bay using some old planks.
Rebuilding the paths
I lifted the old bricks and relaid them - makes it less muddy walking about.
Planting, Poundland and Plotting
Planted the onions and garlic I had sprouting in the greenhouse. Got some cheap cloches from Poundland, so put them in the middle row - this will be where the beans will be.
Blurted out by.. Ben Scoble at Sunday, March 21, 2010
19 March 2010
Since Tues we had been enjoying a warm spike to temps. For example, the last 24 hours temp's ranged between 7 and 14.5 degrees. That's important as 10 degrees is the approx. zone of good germination. Looks like it will not last and slip back to a range between 5 and 10 degrees next week.
Despite this, it looks like March will come under the long term ave. for March (6.3C) by about -0.5 to -1.0 C - so a range between 5.3C and 5.8C is likely. To put his into context, this is a run of 4 months all below ave. (Dec = -1.5C, Jan = -2.4C, Feb = -1.0C & Mar = -0.5 to -1.0).
Let's see what April 2010 will bring. More below ave. temps like the 1980s?
Rain & Spring Showers
After a long spell of high pressure giving us settled, dry and cold temps - looks like the jet stream is back and will be associated with low pressure systems, rain and warmish air.
Here's to spring!!!
To take advantage of this new weather regime I have sowed some sweetcorn - will see if this comes up strongly in the next few weeks.
£1 Pound Bargains
Am off to £1 land to go on the hunt for cheap bargains for lotty - have had a look online and it looks like I can get a plastic bench cover which is a good enough size that I could use as a poly-tunnel-cloche...will update on this later.....
Blurted out by.. Ben Scoble at Friday, March 19, 2010
13 March 2010
Today was a barmy + 6 degrees, not bad since last weekend loads of places broke overnight record lows (minus 7 to 9 was common).
The temps have not caused too much of an issue for my seedlings - had a look in the greenhouse to find the following have sprouted:
- Perpetual Spinach
Sounds rude - but this was a gift from my parents - am using it to grow beans (Runners & Berlotti), should look lovely.
Decided to revamp the paths and bed borders. I made the main path a bit thinner and took the extra bricks to make 1-brick width paths to separate the beds. This should make getting about the plot much easier and less muddy.
With the top bed, I made a new middle path ad erected the arch to mark the new entrance.
Planted Globe Artichokes & Flowers
I finally planted the globe artichoke 'bulbs' - put them either side of the arch, to make a nice feature. Also, put one more at the end of a middle bed. The flowers were planted mid access path to break up the look. Have planted Lupins and Delphiniums.
More Poo & Compost
Went out on a spending spree and bought 3 x 75 litre bags of compost and 4 x 25 litre bags of rotted horse poo. Oh and some organic slug pellets.
Sowed some more varieties of tomatoes:
- Striped Tomato
- Cherry Type
Blurted out by.. Ben Scoble at Saturday, March 13, 2010
1 March 2010
February continued the very cold run - with well below average temps, lots of snow and ice!
But, that didn't stop me from sowing and I have some seedlings coming along just fine:
So all hail the plastic greenhouse!!! Will follow up this post with a vid very soon....